Changes in population distribution are a global issue and challenge.
This was brought home to me at the recent, highly successful IFLA50 World Congress for Landscape Architects held in Auckland in April, where I gave a paper entitled ‘How We Grow’.
My paper considered Auckland’s growth challenge in the context of global growth. The paper before mine, presented by Japanese landscape architect Yuko Tanabe, was cast in the context of Japan’s declining population and slow economy.
The juxtaposition between these presentations highlighted the challenges inherent in demographic change. Boffa Miskell is engaged with landowners and communities at both ends of the population growth scale. In Auckland, we are working on green and brown field residential, new town and business land projects to deliver on the City’s aspirations for a high-quality, compact city. In the Manawatu we are working with councils and communities in smaller, rural service towns that are facing retail decline whilst significant, commercially non-viable investment is required.
1 August 2013