Ludo Campbell-Reid

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

City visions

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.

Shared spaces

A bold plan is set to transform the anatomy of Auckland from a city congested with cars to one bustling with people. Named ‘Access for Everybody’, it will pedestrianise the city space in a series of trials, set to unravel in March next year, turning Queen Street – and other regions across Auckland – into car-free zones. The Auckland Council has voted in unanimous favour to support the strategy. The scheme invites alternative transport modes such as cycling, busing, tramming, and scootering, among others into the city and signifies real potential for local businesses who will benefit by more people. Further, it hopes to change the psyche of the city, as the council carries an idea that Queen St ‘will become a place to go, not to go through’. To grasp the many facets of change, we speak to Ludo Campbell-Reid, general manager of Auckland Design Office, about the vision for the City of Sails.

Most Creative People

Auckland Council's design champion Ludo Campbell-Reid was one of the People's Choice winners for Most Creative in government/politics/economics for Idealog and Accenture's Most Creative People. A strong voice in real life and on social media for more human-centred urban design and development, more affordable, well-designed housing and more public spaces that think about people rather than cars, Campbell-Reid is playing an important role in ensuring Auckland residents get a better city. Here, he talks finding inspiration, the biggest lessons learnt and what he's working towards.

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.