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Do people want to live in a city that’s comfortable, or one that’s creative?

Thursday August 27 2020

A range of thought leaders and experts in their fields are lined up to share their stories, ideas and views on creative city-making. Palmerston North City Council has shoulder-tapped a group of experts to speak at a thought-provoking series – Creative City Conversations.

The first conversation is on Monday, 14 September.

The series follows the publication of the Creative City Index report authored by Charles Landry, titled Comfortable or Captivating?, which includes a stocktake of the city’s creative pulse.

“We’re keen to encourage a higher level of civic awareness and critical thinking. To do this we’re starting with a discussion about the value of good urban design,” says Council’s Senior Urban Designer, Dave Charnley.

“Good urban design is incorporated into many areas in the city – including housing, planning, architecture, placemaking, heritage, transport, culture, environment and our people. The Creative City Conversations will help our community and city leaders understand the creativity and innovation required to make a great city.”

Charnley is coordinating the series of events, which follow up on his work with the Creative City Index.

“We warmly welcome anyone with interest in how we can do things differently, with a creative mindset, and those who want to have input into how Palmerston North can be a leader in creative city-making.”

Six Creative City Conversations will be held over 12 months and will be recorded for later viewing for those unable to attend. Due to current attendance restrictions, there will be limited numbers.

Creative City Conversations #1: The Carbon Landscape – Craig Pocock

  • 14 September, 5.30 pm
  • Palmerston North Conference and Function Centre

This is a critical think-piece for anyone interested in the carbon conversation, especially those involved in managing, building and maintaining cities.

Pocock will present his research on the carbon landscape. He will set the scene of landscape and open spaces projects perceived at face value as green and sustainable, and then apply the CO2 cost to them to see how sustainable they actually are.

Going back through 14 years of his projects, he calculates the construction and maintenance costs as well as any offsets to build a better picture of sustainability.

Pocock is an experienced practitioner, researcher, educator and writer in the field of landscape architecture and has practised throughout the world. Published internationally, he is a thought leader in industry sustainability. In 2013, he received both an NZILA Sustainability Award of Excellence and NZILA Distinction Award for his carbon research. He is currently Principal Landscape Architect at BECA and a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA).

People can register to attend on Council’s website.