BRIEF – 18 August 2010 – “Quality urban design does pay,” was the message of outgoing president of Living Streets Aotearoa Peter Kortegast at the recent this year’s Dollars and Sense of Walking conference held in Wellington, New Zealand.

Creating walkable towns and cities through urban design – liveable communities that utilise walking as an optimal mode of transport – was the central theme of a recent conference  in Wellington New Zealand. Key speakers included walking consultant Martin Wedderburn, a member of the research team assembled by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment to make a case for investment in quality street design in the UK.

Mr Wedderburn outlined new research into a development of a toolkit for measuring the economic value of improvements to urban public spaces,  and he introduced to the conference a new walking and cycling benchmarking tool for New Zealand.

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