How to be­come best by de­sign

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JOE DAW­SON

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.

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