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The FFWD17 lecture series runs 16 March until 24 May at the University of Auckland.

The FFWD17 lecture series runs 16 March until 24 May at the University of Auckland.

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Apartments by Ockham Residential.

Apartments by Ockham Residential.

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Experts in the fields of architecture, planning and urban design will debate what makes good medium density housing at the upcoming Fast Forward lecture and discussion series starting at the University of Auckland on 16 March and running until 24 May.

Auckland has decided to grow up and in acknowledgment of the Unitary Plan’s increased density and height, this semester’s theme is ‘Doing medium density well’.

As the city looks to increase its medium density living options with terraced housing and apartments, Fast Forward speakers will consider how to do it well and ensure quality.

Hosted by the School of Architecture and Planning, the series will range from design to technical solutions, supporting both the public and the profession to procure good medium density design.

Panel and audience discussions questioning how building design can establish a sense of community and whether very small, affordable apartments can be successful, are just some of the topics that will be covered.

16 March
Fisheye Lab: Looking at the world through the eye of a fish, presented by Lada Hršak (Amsterdam), International Architect in Residence at the School of Architecture & Planning and principal of Bureau LADA

22 March
Architects discuss design for medium density: Architects from Architectus, Cheshire, Jasmax and Warren & Mahoney present their medium density mixed use and residential projects, followed by a panel and audience discussion

29 March
A developer’s view: Ockham Residential discuss their work

5–6 April
Medium Density Housing Summit

10 April
RTA Studio present on Alexandra Park

19 April
The Mayoral Taskforce on Housing

26 April
New structural solutions: Cross laminated timber

10 May
James Legge (Melbourne), Director, Six Degrees Architects talks about Melbourne medium density and architect as ethical developer

24 May
Richard Hunt discusses New structural solutions: Fire and noise.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information on each event, including times and locations, see here.

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