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  • Activate Auckland - by the people, for the people! Print

    ​​​​​​​​​​​​Are you interested in helping to create a connected, people-centered, city in Auckland?​

    Got ideas for interventions or events which will enliven our public spaces?

    Want to be part of testing ideas for our future city?​

    Over the next decade, Auckland's centre is set to go through a significant  transformation.  Twelve billion dollars worth of public and private investment will enable projects like the City Rail Link, Auckland Council street upgrades, and the SKYCITY Convention Centre.  These projects  are set to provide Auckland with a more attractive, efficient and functional city centre, create new jobs and homes, and provide better public transport links to our rapidly increasing population. However during this transformative time, there will be major disruptions to contend with for those who live, work in and visit the city.

    Activate Auckland is an initiative designed to help Auckland through the this transitional period by creating vibrant, inclusive, community-centered events and interventions within the city. A key impetus behind Activate Auckland is disruption mitigation through a period of major construction.  In addition, Activate Auckland creates a wonderful opportunity for citizens to participate in shaping the city they want to live in.

    Activate Auckland will utilize  two broad types of intervention strategies: Place Activation and Tactical Urbanism.

    Place Activation is the enlivening of public spaces through the staging of events or physical alteration of public spaces, with a focus on the experiential. 'Place Activation is about making spaces inclusive, memorable, unifying and innovative,' in ways which engage the community.  Activations can take the form of a broad range of activities: from public performance to markets; from pop-up dining to digital media. It can include art, workshops, and events. Place Activation 'is strategically mindful of social, cultural and economic outcomes.'

    Tactical Urbanism is a term credited to Mike Lydon and Anthony Garcia of Street Plans Collective.  Tactical urbanism in short 'an approach to city building using short-term, low-cost, and scalable interventions intended to catalyze long-term change'. Typical examples of Tactical Urbanism projects are parklets, cycleway projects, temporary play spaces and streetscape upgrades. 

    A key feature of tactical urbanism is that interventions are temporary and cheap, allowing designers to take risks and be playful with ideas, without a huge degree of investment. If successful, these temporary interventions could be incorporated into city planning, and re-created in a more permanent way in the future. The 'global application of Tactical Urbanism has grown quickly because it taps into the latent demand for a more hands on and experiential approach to neighbourhood development'.

    These strategies for making our city more fun, livable and connected cannot work without community participation.  In fact they require engagement from the people of Auckland to be successful! 

    HAS YOUR COMMUNITY IDENTIFIED A NEED THEY WISH TO BE ADDRESSED?  DOES IT SOLVE A PROBLEM? OR PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY? IS IT A PILOT? EXPERIMENTAL? DOES IT SUPPORT EMERGING ARTISTS OR INNOVATORS?

    There are a range of ways to go about organising strategies and resources for your place activation or tactical urbanism project.  Public private partnerships are a great way to resource these initiatives, as well as increasing the benefits to stakeholders and the public. 

    Find out more at Activate Auckland​!

    For more information, contact:
    Barbara Holloway, Activation Manager City Centre Design Unit Auckland Design Office barbara.holloway@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

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