Dr Natalie Allen

Director, The Urban Advisory

Dr Natalie Allen

Natalie is a leading thinker on urbanism in New Zealand and works with The Urban Advisory's clients to make the seemingly complex simple when it comes to designing and delivering our built environment. She specialises in designing neighbourhoods that enhance wellbeing and is passionate about supporting clients to innovate when it comes to delivering quality, resilient, and people-centric developments. She has a background in architecture, urban/spatial design, and urban governance and extensive research experience across a range of critical urban topics: integrated urban planning and community visioning, urban growth and increasing density, and housing preferences and demand. Natalie regularly publishes and speaks about her work across New Zealand and is passionate about the built environment industry collaborating to rethink how we deliver our houses, neighbourhoods, towns and cities.

The resilience of our cities is ultimately the resilience of our people

Delivering urban development properly should strengthen the resilience of cities, organisations and people who occupy them.

Previously, these endeavours primarily began with decision-makers who framed problems and designed the solution. However, global trends are increasingly placing the role of people at the forefront of the resilience agenda. We need to consider how urban professions collaborate with communities, and the potential impact that a more circular and iterative development process could have on the outcomes.

Showcasing examples from two study tours in Europe, client case studies and primary research from across New Zealand, Dr Natalie Allen and Greer O'Donnell will discuss how:

  • The nature of development in New Zealand is changing
  • The impact the Government’s wellbeing agenda will have on large-scale urban regeneration
  • How the private and public sectors can think differently about the neighbourhoods they deliver to and occupy
  • How a broader range of housing options will allow the New Zealand’s housing ecosystem to become more diversified.

Resilience is not an accident; it is a planned and collaborative approach to securing an exciting outcome of urban development that is resilient for all future use.

Key takeaways

  • Understand that resilience is not an accident but a strategy which decides the future outcomes we want for our people and the towns and cities we live in
  • The impact the wellbeing agenda will have on our future urban development
  • Understand the need to diversify New Zealand’s housing ecosystem.

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