Future Suburbs Symposium 2018
The future of suburban Auckland was the focus of a workshop and panel discussion attended by key players in the city’s housing and development industry.
HLC hosted the 2018 Future Suburbs Symposium at HLC HQ in Hobsonville Point in March, 2018, to discuss future and emerging trends of the built environment and their likely impact on Auckland’s suburbs.
The interactive event was a chance for industry leaders to share innovative ideas around suburban development and ways of working collectively with industry partners, local government, communities, and iwi.
HLC and Housing New Zealand are driving considerable change to Auckland’s suburbs with the aim of building 26,952 houses in ten years and up to 46,000 in fifteen years. Housing developments of this scale require innovative thinking, design, and construction, as well as open communication and collaboration with communities and stakeholders.
The discussion covered a wide range of topics, including the impacts of climate change, AI and automation, inclusiveness, sustainability, and Auckland’s aging population.
The Future Suburbs Symposium heard from some of the smartest minds in the housing and development industry, including Chris Luebkeman, Global Foresight Leader, ARUP; Patrick Dougherty, General Manager Asset Development, Housing New Zealand; Karen Wilson, Chair, Te Ākitai Waiohua Iwi Authority; David Irwin, Landscape Architect and Director, Isthmus; Dawne Mackay, Manager Growth and Infrastructure, Auckland City Council, and Chris Aiken, CEO, HLC.
The workshop resulted in twelve key drivers of change for Auckland that fall under the banners of social, technological, environmental, economic and political.
HLC CEO Chris Aiken said that previous generations have seen a lot of change in the housing and development sector and the message was clear: We need to listen to communities and not repeat past mistakes.