Valuing the Urban Realm Toolkit (VURT) methodology was developed by Transport for London (TfL) Urban Design unit in 2016, as a way to place the Public Realm on par with more easily measured aspects. In early 2017, a collaborative partnership between Boffa Miskell and Auckland Council’s Auckland Design Office researched the potential to use VURT in New Zealand, applying VURT to three real streetscape proposals in Auckland’s City Centre. The research team was led by Stuart Houghton, along with Michael Nettleship and Olivia Johnstone. The research project looked at three Auckland locations: a future light rail transit mall for Queen Street; the proposed Karangahape Road Cycleway project; as well as the existing O’Connell Street Shared Space.
Lisa Mein explains the concept and application of ‘co-design’ and creative engagement with communities. Lisa was a panellist in an event titled ‘Density Done Well’, which explored the process of placemaking, alongside how we can create high quality medium density developments. Hosted by SmartGrowth BOP in partnership with the New Zealand Institute of Architects, the panel talk was presented as part of the Festival of Architecture held throughout the country. Four panellists from the fields of local government, property development, architecture and urban design talked about the issues and challenges in creating meaningful places and spaces for communities, as cities move to develop urban areas with greater-density living.
Sunny Heights is a development in Orewa providing 570 dwellings including detached houses, zero lot houses, terraces and apartments.
Despite challenging constraints such as a steep topography and a sizeable Significant Ecology Area (SEA) at the centre of the site, our team has managed to identify opportunities and define a high quality environment aimed at creating a community. The design includes supporting amenities for residents such as local shops, a café, a childcare facility and a central open space, all connected by pathways to encourage walking, cycling and social interaction.
The project has been developed by Beca and Boffa Miskell for Changda NZ International in collaboration with Auckland Council.
New Zealand Geographic takes an insightful look at Auckland stormwater management and its innovative foray into stream daylighting, featuring Te Auaunga Awa - Oakley Creek and the award-winning La Rosa stream, both designed by Boffa Miskell.
New Zealand Geographic Issue 145
Stage three of the Kairangi development in Booth Street, Miramar, Wellington will be launched shortly. Both stages one and two, which comprise a total of 39 two, three and four-bedroom units are complete. The project was designed by Jerram Tocker Barron architectures with landscaping designed by Boffa Miskell.
Three Auckland projects show how engineering-led projects can evolve through early consultation and involvement of landscape design, low-impact Stormwater design and ecology. By Sarah Collins and Larissa Moyle.
Rachel de Lambert of Boffa Miskell delivers the annual RMLA Salmon Lecture from the Northern Club in Auckland. The lecture was a presentation of her paper; Auckland’s Urban Form: Quality Compact? An immersive introduction to the importance of form, density and height in urban planning, where she draws on GIS analysis and lessons from the past to demonstrate the possibilities for New Zealand’s future cityscapes.
Breaking the street into its component parts, Streetfight demonstrates, with step-by-step visuals, how to rewrite the underlying “source code” of a street, with pointers on how to add protected bike paths, improve crosswalk space, and provide visual cues to reduce speeding.
Boffa Miskell’s project “O’Connell Street” and “Fort Street” are featured as examples of excellent street design in Auckland.
Janetter Sadik-Khan and Seth Solomonow
Gone are the days of the traditional New Zealand ‘¼ acre suburban dream’. As our population grows the need for medium density development is increasing, our aging demographic needs more housing choice and housing affordability is a major concern – the issues are broad and pressing.
So how do we meet the range of today’s housing needs and the expectations for sustainable urban growth?
Rhys Girvan discusses UAV usage to assist Greater Wellington with Floodplain Management Plans and along the Hutt River at the Rivers Group Symposium 2015. Using to UAV we can show a conceptual model on how the area would look after the changes and illustrate the extent of the floodplain management works.
“Using the UAV to capture an understanding of the study area and moving in to 3D modelling of the process of that area”
Hazeldean Business Park in Christchurch became a sought-after location for businesses post-earthquakes. This article highlights our involvement in this project through responsibility for the overall landscape design.
Commercial Design Trends Vol 29 No 12
Boffa Miskell was responsible for the landscape architecture surrounding Christchurch’s transitional ‘Cardboard Cathedral’ which was one of the first projects to be completed post-earthquakes.
Article on the revitalisation of the Auckland CBD. Boffa Miskell has been working with Auckland Council to transform key streets and open spaces to make them more pedestrian-friendly.
Commercial Design Trends Vol 29 No 9
Feature article on the refurbishment of the ANZ Centre in Auckland’s CBD. Our team redesigned the plaza at the base of the tower, providing links with the adjacent St Patrick’s Square.
Commercial Design Trends Vol 29 No 6
To assist in the review of the landscape provisions contained in the Wairau Awatere Resource Management Plan and the Marlborough Sounds Resource Management Plan, in 2009 the Council commissioned Boffa Miskell Ltd to reassess Marlborough's landscapes, characterising and evaluating them in accordance with best practice for landscape analysis and assessment. As a result of this study landscapes with high visual amenity value and landscapes and features that have outstanding values were identified.
Landscape Architecture magazine features Boffa Miskell’s design proposal that was selected as the winning entry in an invited design competition run by the New Zealand based Passchendaele Society to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele.
Landscape Architecture New Zealand No 26
Rhys Girvan and Greg Vossler explore implications relating to the identification and management of outstanding natural features and landscapes in light of two recent legal decisions.
Landscape Architecture New Zealand No 27
Mark Lewis contributed to Auckland Council’s recently published water-sensitive design guide GD04. The Boffa Miskell-designed Long Bay subdivision is used as a case study example of WSD being integrated into the initial planning process.
Landscape Architecture New Zealand No 27
Employing urban design principles from the outset of the Carlaw Park project has led to a well-connected series of buildings and open spaces.
Commercial Design Trends Vol 30 No 6
Paper presented by Ecologist Dr Sharon De Luca at the 2015 Coasts and Ports Conference exploring the values and perceptions of mangroves in New Zealand.
Paper presented by Landscape Planner James Bentley at the 2015 Coasts and Ports Conference which considered the range of potential landscape and natural character effects of aquaculture development in light of the NZKS Supreme Court Decision.
Marlborough District Council (MDC) engaged Boffa Miskell Ltd (BML) to assess selected rivers and their margins in the Marlborough Region under Section 6(a) of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) as part of their review of the natural character aspects of the Regional Policy Statement (RPS), the Marlborough Sounds Resource Management Plan (MSRMP) and the Wairau Awatere Resource Management Plan (WARMP).
A sector report on urban spaces in the CBD by Boffa Miskell Associate Director and Landscape Architect Michael Hawes, published in Commercial Design Trends Volume 30 No10A. This article discusses the importance of good landscape design in providing economic benefits to urban development.
Commercial Design Trends Vol. 30/10A.
Presentation by Mark Lewis – Landscape Architect with Boffa Miskell at the 2014 Water Symposium, outlining lessons learnt through the design and construction phases of stream reconstruction.
This book showcases interesting ways street furniture has been applied in public spaces around the world. Boffa Miskell’s design of Te Wero Island & Eastern Viaduct is featured in the chapter ‘Public Space’.
Hi-Design International Publishing
Over 50 developers, planners, landscape architects, urban designers and architects tell the story of Auckland’s urban design history over the last decade. Projects highlighted throughout the book include Hurstmere Green, Manukau Tertiary Centre and Transport Interchange and Waterview Connection.
Published by Beatnik Publishing in association with Auckland Council
An atlas of landscape architecture projects from around the world. It demonstrates how landscape architecture is affected by globalisation through shared tastes and sources of inspiration.
Boffa Miskell projects ‘London Quay’ and ‘Te Wero Island & Eastern Viaduct Enhancement’ are featured in the atlas.
Published by Braun Publishing, edited by Markus Sebastian Braun and Chris van Uffelen.
2013 Vol.29 205 01
Chinese Landscape Architecture’s reviews landscape architecture in New Zealand. Boffa Miskell contributed the following articles:
Transformational public space - authored by Michael Hawes, Landscape Architect.
Presented at the 2012 New Zealand Planning Institute by James Bentley, a Landscape Planner and Principal at Boffa Miskell.
The RMA Quality Planning Resource aims to support better practice in regards to resource management in New Zealand. Boffa Miskell has recently contributed the chapter on landscape assessment to the RMA Quality Planning website. The Boffa Miskell contributors include James Bentley, Rhys Girvan, Greg Vossler and Boyden Evans.
Published by Balasoglou Books, this booklet highlights projects that have contributed to revitalising Auckland, such as Elliot and Darby Streets, St Patrick’s Square, Te Wero and Victoria Park Tunnel.
Urban Landscape Furniture looks at at the use of city public spaces throughout the world and how urban furniture trends affect lifestyles and cultures.
Three Boffa Miskell projects are showcased:
Hi-Design International Publishing
Boffa Miskell, along with other resource management practitioners were involved in a workshop assisting the Department Of Conservation (DOC) create guidelines for undertaking Natural Character assessments. The Marlborough Natural Character Study was used as a template. This is being currently updated. The outcomes of the meeting involving Boyden Evans and James Bentley from Boffa Miskell can be viewed here >
Rachel de Lambert, Partner, Boffa Miskell
An article published in the International Federation of Landscape Architects' (IFLA) Newsletter, Issue No. 92, 'Interdisciplinary Practice'. Outlines the multi-disciplinary approach that has been inherent in Boffa Miskell's work for nearly 40 years, the benefits to the design process and environmental outcomes, with recent project examples.
For more information please contact Rachel de Lambert >
This paiseaDos edition includes a selection of landscape architecture projects from New Zealand, inclusive of Bayside Reserve and St Patrick’s Square.
Boffa Miskell helped Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust to prepare their Environmental Management Plan.
Published by the Canterbury University Press, edited by Ian Spellerberg and Michele Frey.
The book showcases a number of New Zealand’s leading landscape architects, including Boffa Miskell’s Sam Bourne. Sam’s chapter focuses on the Watercare Walkway and Mangere Waste Water Treatment Plant project, one of Auckland’s largest construction projects. The chapter explains how native plants were used in the project, the principles applied, and how ecological restoration can involve the local community.
Sam explains, “the design of green infrastructure is becoming increasingly part of Boffa Miskell’s work and at Watercare, native plants have been utilised at the scale of city infrastructure. Worldwide, cities are grappling with what options they have for redeveloping their post-industrialised and infrastructure landscapes for the benefit of the city residents and the local ecology. This project is a unique Auckland example.”
For more information please contact Sam Bourne >
Western Bay of Plenty Māori Housing Toolkit prepared for the Joint Agency Group.
Mark Lewis, Landscape Architect & Ecologist with Boffa Miskell.
A paper presented at the Flock Hill Workshop, Urban Ecology and Ecological Design: Perspectives in Integration and Future Directions at Lincoln University. The paper covered principles and methodologies in integrating low impact design, urban design and urban form.
Guidelines to assist in the selection of methods, based on landscape, natural character and visual amenity considerations, to determine river flows. The guidelines were prepared as part of a river research programme funded by the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology (FRST) and contracted to NIWA.
Rachel de Lambert, Leader::Design and Landscape Architect with Boffa Miskell.
A talk at the Auckland City Council's 'lunchtime learning' 'Mayoral Conversation' forum about opportunities for landscape to change whilst remembering the past, with reference to recent Boffa Miskell work for the council on heritage landscape mapping and policy in Auckland city.
Watch Rachel's take on the UrbanDesignAuckland YouTube channel
The Historic Reserves Management Plan was adopted by Tauranga City Council in December 2008.