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A coming of age: How Auckland City can flourish from an angsty teenager into a young adult

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A coming of age: How Auckland City can flourish from an angsty teenager into a young adult

Auckland is in the midst of a metamorphosis. The city is standing on the same precipice as many other cities around the world, where it’s considering how to balance social, economic, and environmental welfare alongside a growing population set to reach 2.4 million by 2050. It presents a huge challenge for local urbanists, who are tasked with building a livable city without resorting to untenable sprawl or futile slums. However, there is light streaming onto Auckland’s urban posterity. New forms of density are being erected, diverse transport modes are mobbing the streets, and a new culture is running through the currents of the Waitematā. But, are Auckland’s past pains too broken to remedy? Findlay Buchanan talks to the architects, the planners, and the urban progressives, who are helping to reshape Auckland city. In part one of a series, Ludo Campbell-Reid speaks of increased mobility in the city space.

Idealog Urban

Auckland Council recently released a video detailing how far it’s come with the design of the City Centre over the last 10 to 15 years, as well as its vision for Auckland’s City Centre and its waterfront in the years to come. We had a chat with Ludo Campbell-Reid about the pace at which his vision is coming to fruition, the most impactful changes already made and what’s to come in the future.