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After reading BFF’s earlier post on the 20 minute city concept, Brad Crowley got in touch with us from the New Zealand Green Building Council. Brad is Senior Manager, Buildings and Communities at NZGBC. He is passionate about their Green Star Communities programme and was keen to share this with the BFF community.
Post-lockdown there was a rush of planning, proposals and projects as developers and local bodies pitched for shovel-ready funding. Among them were a few ambitious ideas aiming to seize the opportunity to transform our communities. One of these was the idea of making Hamilton a 20-minute city. It’s something I’ve experienced first-hand living in Portland, Oregon where this idea is already in action thanks to advocacy and progressive urban design principles, and it’s been successful in many other cities around the world.
The idea is to encourage active and accessible transport, urban density, community facilities, and a way of life where people can feel connected with their own neighbourhoods and others who live in them.