Published 2 December 2005
Auckland City Council has agreed to provide $90,000 spread over 3 years to fund a chair in urban design at Auckland University.
The money is top-up funding. The council’s acting group manger for city planning, Penny Pirrit, told the urban strategy & governance committee yesterday that after 3 years the course should be self-funding.
The idea of an urban design champion & university chair was advanced by the mayoral taskforce on urban design when it released its paper, Designing Auckland: a springboard for action, in June.
“The funding of a chair would signal the prestige of the postgraduate course in urban design (which commenced in 2005) and enable it to attract high-calibre students,” Ms Pirrit said.
She said the council could expect review & advice on policy initiatives from its urban champion, and that the university would undertake case studies & research projects that looked specifically at urban design issues facing the city.
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