Is COVID-19 the culture shift we need to reimagine urban amenity?
The COVID-19 lockdown period saw many New Zealanders develop new relationships with how they live, play and work within urban environments.
Whilst it is unknown at this stage how the pandemic and the attendant economic downturn will impact on the housing system, given the lengthy time horizon of planning instruments, this paper posits that it is unlikely that the pandemic will have any sustained impact on the fundamentals of how we should plan future urban environments.
What is likely, however, is that it will generate sustained changes to the amenity values that communities consider important within the compact urban form model, which will have implications for how different housing typologies are delivered and the preferences for quality outdoor and local public spaces within those typologies.
Authors: Dr Claire Kirman, Special Counsel – Urban Development and Dr Emma Fergusson, Principal Advisor, Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities