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Drink from every fountain

While London practically hyperventilates with excitement at the news of an impending royal wedding and that ring, a more subtle celebration of royal jewels is taking place in its parks.

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We absolutely love this animated map of Auckland’s public transport network. It’s the clever creation of Chris McDowall, who describes it as “...the map I used to daydream about”. As a child sitting on the bus, McDowall says he’d wonder “...what the transportation network would look like if we could see the movements of the individual vehicles from the air”. After Auckland Transport published its Google Transit Feed data on the MAXX website last year, McDowall created a software that brought the animated map to life, showing the increasing movements of public transport vehicles over the day, starting from 3am on a Monday morning. Check it out here.

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While we’re now all confirming a myriad of friends on Facebook, in 1981, having friends was directly proportional to how much motorised traffic appeared on your street, and it probably still does. According to Professor Donald Appleyard’s Liveable Streets study, light or heavy traffic could define residents’ social and recreational experiences—from how many friends they have to how they visually depict their street

Infrastructure

Reckon you’ve got a few creative and intelligent ideas floating around about how to best design more resilient communities? As part of a new competition, the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering is on the lookout for proposals that will increase the resilience of cities and communities affected by earthquakes and tsunamis, with a focus on aiding recovery and social regeneration to affected areas.

Infrastructure

Following a recent Cabinet meeting, Nick Smith and Rodney Hide have shared their thoughts on Auckland’s spatial plan and how central government will work with the Auckland Council to develop the first spatial plan. And both agree, not surprisingly, that the plan will enable Auckland to play a critical role as a key link to the global economy.

Opinion

The world’s cities are growing quickly. By 2020 the planet’s urban population is set to soar to around four billion, placing more pressure on cities that are already struggling to cope with their existing populations. Michael Downie, general manager Philips Lighting New Zealand and Australia, comments on the recent World Cities Summit and the role of lighting in making cities more liveable.

Events

New energy efficient, digital lighting technologies are being used to brand cities, revitalise public spaces, and deliver benefits including major cost savings, safer roads and lower greenhouse gas emissions. And a series of seminars in Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington are set to highlight how this new generation of urban lighting solutions are transforming cities around the world.