How to become best by design
A new manual that aims to be the arbiter of good taste and design best practice was launched alongside the latest incarnation of the Unitary Plan on Monday.
It is hoped the Auckland Design Manual will make a big difference to the quality of Auckland’s built environment.
The manual has been developed by the Auckland Council’s urban design strategy team, led by built environment consultant Peter Maxwell and environmental strategy and policy planning manager Ludo Campbell-Reid.
‘‘It will make a big difference to the quality of Aucklanders lives,’’ Mr CampbellReid says.
‘‘Design really matters to Aucklanders ... People constantly tell us about the quality of the environment, housing, parks and open spaces.
‘‘Over the last three years those were the themes that came out constantly.’’
There is no ‘‘silver bullet’’ solution for top design but it is hoped the manual will give developers and home builders clues to what works.
‘‘This is a how-to, best practice guide ... to inspire people to see what is possible,’’ Mr CampbellReid says.
‘‘Developers have to be rewarded for good behaviour and disengaged from bad behaviour.’’
It includes examples of the best Auckland design, as well as the best from around the world.
In deciding good design council staff were guided by a steering group of professionals and industry leaders in design, planning and development.
The manual is nonstatutory so it can be updated and changed as new successes are achieved, although deputy mayor Penny Hulse says it won’t become a place where developers can show off.
‘‘The last thing we need is for it to be a prospectus for Fletcher,’’ Ms Hulse says.