Global spotlight on Northcote Town Centre regeneration
27 September 2021
The regeneration of the Northcote Town Centre has been the focus of students and universities from across the globe as part of the C40 Students Reinventing Cities competition.
The competition, led by C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group – a global network of cities committed to taking action on climate change including Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland – is designed to ignite creative ideas to decarbonise city neighbourhoods, as well as support thriving and resilient life for local communities.
“It’s great to see some amazing ideas for the Northcote Town Centre from students from across the globe”Richard Hills
“It’s also awesome to see that the winning ideas are well-aligned with our existing plans for Unlock Northcote. Innovative urban design ideas like these will be necessary for us to reshape our city for the future and establish low carbon, resilient neighbourhoods and town centres across the region, as set out in Te Tāruke ā Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan.”
Kaipātiki Local Board deputy chairperson Danielle Grant is the board’s liaison on the Northcote project and says it is always interesting to get an outside view to see if things can be improved or to identify new ideas.
“What’s pleasing is that this process has shown that the benchmark masterplan is well placed to deliver not just for the regeneration of Northcote but also the environment, which means all the hard work being done is on the right track and that is exciting.”
Kate Cumberpatch, Eke Panuku Priority Location Director – North said, “It has been fascinating to see the creative and innovative ideas submitted by these groups of students. There have been some great options for solutions. The winning team had an interesting proposal to use pneumatic tubes for waste, which we will look into further.”
Other cities who participated in the competition include; Athens, Barcelona, Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Dakar, Delhi, Dubai, Madrid, Melbourne, Montréal, Paris, Quezon City, Quito, Reykjavík, Seattle and Washington D.C.
Find out more about the C40 Students Reinventing Cities global winners at c40reinventingcities.org/en/students/winning-projects/
Find out more about the regeneration of Northcote Town Centre at ekepanuku.co.nz/northcote