Welcome to the Building Better Homes, Towns & Cities National Science Challenge
The National Science Challenges are designed to find solutions to some of the large, complex issues that matter most to us.
Why a Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities (BBHTC) Challenge?
Housing is a fundamental human need. Every person is involved in housing, but we have needs and wants beyond simply a roof over our heads. A home should nurture and protect us. It should be hospitable. It should be dry, warm and insulated to keep us healthy. It should have clean air and sunlight. And it should be part of a community or built environment that also nurtures and protects us.
However, there are significant difficulties in
Challenge Vision - Ka ora kainga rua: Built environments that build communities
Challenge Mission - Manaaki tangata: Co-created innovative research that helps transform people’s dwellings into homes and communities that are hospitable, productive and protective.
Rangatahi: Perceptions of housing and papakāinga
04 December 2018: The Rangatahi Ahu within the Kāinga Tahi, Kāinga Rua research programme recently led three wānanga in Kaikohe, Auckland, and Dunedin. The Rangatahi Ahu engaged particularly with young Māori around their aspirations for and perceptions of housing. James Berghan, Maia Ratana, and Jackie Paul made a video summary of their thoughts after the last wānanga in Dunedin.
Shift Aotearoa Conference 2019
Date: 05-07 June 2019, Where: Te Papa, Wellington
The Shift Aotearoa Conference 2019 will bring housing-sector actors together to trigger collaborative action for one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most urgent problems.
Sparked by the latest research from Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities, international researchers, and case studies from community housing practitioners the conference will seek to develop a platform for cross-sector action.
Latest news and updates
Child’s play: Involving kids in the design of public spaces
21 May 2019: Cities are generally designed for adults and cars. Their built form and safety concerns constrain children’s play and mobility, and a default planning position largely confines children’s use of the public realm to places such as playgrounds, skate parks and sports grounds. If children’s well being is compromised through restricted outdoor play and mobility opportunities, the social sustainability of our towns and cities is in question.
A BBHTC project is researching the best ways to engage children in the co-design of public spaces so that our towns and cities become more child-friendly. Read all about it in Architecture Now.
A neighbourhood drawing of the Puhinui Stream regeneration project from one of the Wiri Central School’s student co-designers.
Practicing respectful, reciprocal, and relational co-designing
8 May 2019: A new report Problematizing replicable design to practice respectful, reciprocal, and relational co-designing with indigenous people examines the tensions with designing among indigenous and non-indigenous people. The authors provide personal stories as Māori, Pākehā, and Japanese designers, which show accountability and articulate pluralities of practices. “In respecting design that is already rooted in local practices, we learn from these foundations and construct our practices in relation to them. For us, respect, reciprocity, and relationships are required dimensions of co-design as an engaged consciousness for indigenous self-determination.”
The report was coauthored by Desna Whaanga-Schollum from Building Better's “Ako Ahu: Pūrākau as Support for Co-created Research Practices” research team, with colleagues Yoko Akama and Penny Hagen.
Report coauthor Desna Whaanga-Schollum.
Lincoln Planning Review - Special Issue: Building Better Towns and Communities
15 April 2019: The Lincoln Planning Review has just published a special issue of their journal focussed on building better towns and communities. The publication features a number of research projects supported by Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities including Waimakariri Way: Community Engagement in Kaiapoi Town Centre Plan; Tourism-led settlement regeneration: Reaching Timaru’s potential; and Planning for Regeneration in the town of Oamaru. The journal also published an Australia and New Zealand Association of Planning Schools (ANZAPS) Conference Report by Hamish Rennie.