Urban Design

How can we plan a healthy Christchurch for all, using the tools of urban design?

Health Christchurch's focus is supporting planning for a healthy city including healthy urban design.

Urban design is the art and science of making places for all people. It includes the way places work as well as how they look.

Urban design concerns the connections between people and places, movement and urban form, open spaces, green spaces and buildings. Good urban design uses inclusive processes to create successful neighbourhoods, towns and cities.

Urban design is important in promoting healthy communities, and creating environmentally sustainable developments that support economic life and social integration.

Find out how urban design impacts everyone.

Toward an Accessible and Inclusive Christchurch

Why is access important to us all?  What is the vision that Christchurch could achieve? What can you do?

The Canterbury DHB worked with the Earthquake Disability Leadership Group to explore these questions and get people’s attention.

Cartoonist Brendon Wright used his creativity to develop a short video. This video is available for free and can to be shown to anyone with an interest in making Christchurch a better place for people of all ages and abilities.

View the Accessible Christchurch video with subtitles.

Christchurch Active Design Symposium 2013

The Healthy Christchurch Champions sponsored Todd Litman to present and lead the Active Design Symposium for transport planners and engineers, in conjunction with Abley Transportation Consultants.

Todd is a world-renowned expert in transportation design and is the founding director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute. His special areas of interest include looking at the economic and social benefits of transportation options for the public and private sectors, with experiences and evidence of best practice examples from New Zealand and overseas.

Todd lead a panel of speakers during the morning session on various transport issues and providing examples of active and universal design concepts in use in New Zealand and overseas.  Other speakers included in order:

  • Nigel Millar (Canterbury DHB Chief Medical Officer) on economic costs of inactivity in the health sector.
  • Jeanette Ward (Abley Transport) on overseas best practice
  • Michael Ferigo (Transport Planner for Christchurch City Council) about implementing the $60m cycle way network.
  • Laurence Sheriff (Environmental Challenge Limited) discussed how systems and network thinking benefits design (and vice versa); and the critical success factors to enable the consideration of accessible networks and design simultaneously.

Download a copy of Todd Litman's keynote presentation [PDF].

View footage from the Active Design Symposium

View the Accessibility video featured at the Active Design Symposium [14 minutes].

Part 1 has the first part of the keynote address from Todd Litman [17 minutes].

Part 2 is the conclusion of Todd Litman's keynote address and the first part of Nigel Millar's presentation [17 minutes].

Part 3 is the conclusion of Nigel Millar's presentation [19 minutes].

Part 4 features Jeanette Ward's presentation and the first part of Michael Ferigo's talk [16 minutes].

Part 5 features the conclusion of Michael Ferigo's talk, and the first part of Laurence Sheriff's presentation [19 minutes].

Part 6 is the conclusion of Laurence Sheriff's presentation [17 minutes].

Part 7 includes the presentation from Ben Lucas [15 minutes].

Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch