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. The full reports are generously available using the links below. They are big documents and I would suggest you might want to read the introductions and then pick and choose as to which you might want to explore. The 2016 report was very specific to the exploration of the Bonus Floor private/public spaces. 2018 is more general in content and places around the city often looking at entire streets, along with examples of what is happening internationally in this important area of provision of public spaces, within high density urban settings. Well worth exploring:
Splice acknowledges all the Auckland University students of "Planning 704" classes in 2016/17/18. A particular thank you to Professor Dory Reeves of the University of Auckland, for her intentional splicing together of academia and community, in order to create both practical real-world experience for her students while providing tangible and practical outcomes within the neighbourhood that these students study.
Further work is now underway to create a unique "Neighbourhood Map", relevant to resident and visitor alike, utilising the work from this collaboration as a significant layer of information.