Greer O'Donnell

Director, The Urban Advisory

Greer O'Donnell

Greer brings a unique perspective to the built environment industry, having legal and anthropological training. Her expertise is in project establishment, governance, planning and procurement, as well as stakeholder engagement and partnership management. These skills have been applied to urban development and regeneration, housing and social infrastructure projects, including in the civic, arts and culture, parks, sport and recreation sectors. Greer also has Regenerative Design Practitioner training and specialises in developing effective strategies and plans that provide a pathway to implementation.

She co-founded and since 2018 has co-chaired The Housing Innovation Society, which supports community-led development projects around New Zealand.

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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