Apartment living creates a different relationship with the spaces outside of a resident’s building. Often this is referred to as the notion of the external “living room”. Many of the city’s apartments are small in size and this heightens the need to access space away from home but that this does not always need to be by way of a commercial transaction involving coffee.

Splice, The Department of Internal Affairs and University of Auckland Planning Students, collaborated on a project to both understand, assess and raise the profile of lesser known public spaces and throughways in the city and the power of community to inspire people to respond in a courageous way to challenges.

These spaces are often the result of contributions to the public realm made by developers in lieu of extra levels or a wider building footprint for a new building.

The collaboration enabled Splice to impart our knowledge on the nature of intensive apartment living, to a willing and significant tertiary resource who form a significant part of the daily city centre neighbourhood. Please read the report here