Natasha Markham


Auckland architect and urban designer Natasha Markham takes a tour of Berlin and finds a family friendly suburb that shows the value of planning.


There’s no shortage of opinion about new developments in our cities—letters to the editor are filled with condemnation for new buildings and vitriol for the planning system. What I find most frustrating are buildings—both commercial and residential—that meet regulatory standards but do nothing to enhance the lives of their inhabitants, offer even less to the community and are short-sighted in their contribution to the development of the city. At a time when we have more legislation around building than ever before, why are so many new developments so crap?