Let’s make it good: get­ting the hous­ing sup­ply right

As we were work­ing on this is­sue of the mag­a­zine, the gov­ern­ment re­leased de­tails of its long-awaited Ki­wiBuild scheme, and plans to build 10,000 homes over the next decade. The plan has good in­ten­tions and a few good parts, and it has some weak­nesses – I

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Re­gard­less, it’s likely that we will see an up­swing in build­ing over the next few years – thanks to a pent-up short­age of hous­ing, changes to the Auck­land uni­tary plan and now, Ki­wiBuild. In short, new hous­ing is com­ing to a sub­urb near you, and it prob­a­bly won’t look like houses used to. It’s a re­mark­able turn­around. In the Au­gust/ Septem­ber 2016 is­sue of this mag­a­zine, we ran a spe­cial called Den­sity Done Well, mak­ing a case for liv­ing closer to­gether. Two years later, it seems that ar­gu­ment has been won – be­grudg­ingly in some quar­ters, ad­mit­tedly, but few would de­bate the need for den­sity around tran­sit net­works and bet­ter use of pre­cious city land. Now, the miss­ing el­e­ment to the de­bate is de­sign. How will it look, and how will it be built? What should so­cial hous­ing look like? Will pre­fab fi­nally take off in this coun­try? And how good can a new-build, mixe­duse apartment build­ing be? Read on for our take on the task ahead – be­cause the op­por­tu­nity here is enor­mous. Let’s make it good.

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