What is the future for tomorrow’s New Zealand cities?
Current affairs presenter Kim Hill talks about the ideal sustainable city with French and New Zealand experts.

By 2050 nearly three-quarters of the world’s population will be living in cities so it is essential that our future cities offer the best possible quality of life.   It is a lofty ambition which needs to take into account environmental, economic, political and cultural perspectives. While separate pieces of the puzzle – like recycling, efficient energy consumption or social diversity – are achievable, we need to know if our cities can reach their full sustainable potential.

SMART HUBS | AUCKLAND | 6pm Tuesday 23 August
Events Centre, Auckland Museum, The Domain, Parnell

Integrating the networks in our cities can bring financial and social benefits and develop a smarter city.  We know that connectivity and mobility facilitates innovation and creativity but what makes a really buzzy city, both economically and culturally? Listen to Cities of Tomorrow: Smart Hubs on RNZ

Panel for Auckland

  • Louise Baker Principal Transportation Consultant at Opus International Consultants
  • Ludo Campbell-Reid Auckland Council’s Design Champion, General Manager of the Auckland Design Office
  • Blaise Desbordes Smart Cities project manager of Caisse des Dépôts group
  • Marie-Anne Gobert Senior Advisor, Smart and Sustainable City, for the Greater Lyon Metropolis, France’s second largest city

BROADCAST ON RNZ: 4pm 18 September, repeated at 9pm on 20 September


GREENER PLACES | WELLINGTON | 6.00pm Thursday 25 August
Paramount Theatre, 25 Courtenay Place

Our wellbeing is said to be influenced by our natural environment – so what is the cost of losing it? The second panel in Wellington will discuss how a sustainable city can meet the needs of its present population without sacrificing the needs of future generations. Do large future environmental changes offer an opportunity rather than a risk? How can a city positively interact with the environment, locally and globally? Listen to Cities of Tomorrow: Greener Places on RNZ.

Panel for Wellington

  • Blaise Desbordes Smart Cities project manager of Caisse des Dépôts group
  • Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman Professor of Public Health at University of Otago Wellington, Director of the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities
  • Cécile Maisonneuve President of La Fabrique de la Cité, Senior Advisor at the Centre for Energy at the French Institute for International Relations
  • Professor Ralph Sims Professor of Sustainable Energy at Massey University, co-ordinating lead author for chapters in IPCC assessment reports

BROADCAST ON RNZ: 4pm 25 September, repeated at 9pm on 27 September


A BETTER LIFE? | CHRISTCHURCH | 5.00pm Saturday 27 August
Concert Hall, The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts, 156 Armagh Street
(Appearing in partnership with WORD Christchurch)
WORD Christchurch 2016

At the heart of every city are its people. What does it mean for a city to be inclusive, and how can we manage human interactions in an age of rising inequalities? The final panel in Christchurch will consider how we build a collective spirit between individuals, communities, social infrastructure providers and governance groups in our cities, and how we encourage people to be civically engaged. Listen to Cities of Tomorrow: A better life? on RNZ.

Panel for Christchurch

  • Barnaby Bennett architectural designer, writer, publisher, co-founder of Freerange Press
  • Marie-Anne Gobert Senior Advisor, Smart and Sustainable City, for the Greater Lyon Metropolis, France’s second largest city
  • Cécile Maisonneuve President of La Fabrique de la Cité, Senior Advisor at the Centre for Energy at the French Institute for International Relations
  • Mark Todd urban regenerator, co-founder of Ockham Residential and the Ockham Foundation

BROADCAST ON RNZ: 4pm 2 October, repeated at 9pm on 4 October

About the panel members:

Louise Baker

Louise BakerLouise Baker is a Principal Transportation Consultant at Opus International Consultants. She was a finalist for the Sustainability Champion Award in the 2015 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards. Louise specialises in travel behaviour change, smart transport and transport planning. She’s a recognised leader within New Zealand for her work in the smart mobility and future transportation trends space. Louise is a scientist and a planner, and a qualified project manager, who’s lived in Auckland for 11 years and has spent 17 years working in transport. Notable recent projects include developing a travel plan for Hawke’s Bay DHB and leading a team of researchers to write three strategy papers for Auckland Council looking at what a ‘smart city’ might mean for Auckland.

Barnaby Bennett

Barnaby BennettBarnaby Bennett is a publisher and co-founder of Freerange Press. He is an award-winning designer, and is currently completing a PhD examining the relationship between public life and temporary architecture in post-quake Christchurch. Barnaby has been widely published and teaches architectural theory and design at universities in Australia and New Zealand.

Ludo Campbell-Reid

Ludo Campbell-ReidLudo Campbell-Reid is Auckland Council’s Design Champion and General Manager of the Auckland Design Office. He is accountable for achieving design excellence in Council’s plans, policies and projects; working alongside the private sector and the community to deliver exemplary design outcomes and spearheading Auckland’s design-led city renewal. He is an internationally recognised urban design and urban planning specialist with over 22 years of public and private sector experience on large-scale urban regeneration projects in London, Cape Town and Auckland.

Blaise Desbordes

Blaide DesbordesBlaise Desbordes is Smart Cities project manager of Caisse des Dépôts group (www.caissedesdepots.fr/en). A graduate in political sciences and territorial planning, Blaise Desbordes has worked in several ministerial cabinets (Environment, Development), and has been Head of Sustainability of the French public financial institution la Caisse des Dépôts. He developed sustainable city programs in France, as well as responsible property actions on behalf of United Nations Environmental Program (Finance Initiative). As a senior advisor, he has been part of the French COP21 Climate conference team in 2015 (cities and non-state actors’ mobilisation, Nazca platform).

Marie-Anne Gobert

Marie-Anne GobertMarie-Anne Gobert is Senior Advisor, Smart and Sustainable City, for the Greater Lyon Metropolis (www.grandlyon.com). She graduated from École Centrale de Lyon, where she studied Energy and General Engineering, and from the University Paris Dauphine where she studied International Relationships. She entered EDF, the National Electricity Company, in 1998, where she worked in the International Strategy Division (UK, Germany, Spain, Italy and Scandinavian Countries). Then she was a Project Manager, in charge of the strategy of the distribution of electricity, in close link with local authorities. In 2006, she entered the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Marseilles, as an advisor in charge of the strategy of the Metropolitan Area: how to gather local authorities to create a more attractive and economically powerful territory around Marseille.

Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman QSO FRSNZ

Philippa Howden-ChapmanPhilippa Howden Chapman is a professor of public health at the University of Otago, Wellington, where she teaches public policy. She is director of He Kainga Oranga / Housing and Health Research Programme and the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities.  She has conducted a number of community trials in partnership with local communities and sector agencies to provide an evidence base to inform housing, active transport infrastructure, health and energy policy. She has a strong interest in reducing inequalities in the determinants of health and has published widely in this area, receiving a number of awards for her work including the Queens Service Order, the Liley Medal and the Dame Joan Metge Medal. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. In 2014, she and the He Kainga Oranga team were awarded the Prime Minister’s Science Prize. She was a member of the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty and is currently the chair of the WHO Housing and Health International Guideline Development Group.

Cécile Maisonneuve

Cecile MaisonneuveCécile Maisonneuve is President of La Fabrique de la Cité (www.thecityfactory.com). She previously headed the Centre for Energy of IFRI (French Institute for International Relations), which she remains associated with as a Senior Advisor. From 2007 to 2012, Cécile held several positions in the AREVA group, dedicated to international prospective and public affairs. A graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, the Paris Institute of Political Studies, and the Sorbonne Paris IV-University in history, Cécile Maisonneuve began her career in 1997 in the French National Assembly as a civil servant, working successively for the Defense, the Law and the Foreign Affairs Committees. She has a long collaboration with various French and international think tanks. She is the author of several research papers on energy and of a biography on Benjamin Franklin (2008). A former participant in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) of the US Department of State, she is a member of Vox Femina, an association promoting women’s empowerment as experts in media.

Professor Ralph Sims CRSNZ

Ralph SimsRalph Sims is Professor of Sustainable Energy at Massey University where he has researched renewable energy and climate change mitigation for several decades. He chaired the Royal Society of New Zealand panel for the recent study Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy for New Zealand and has been a co-ordinating lead author for chapters on Energy Supply, Renewable Energy Integration, and Transport in three assessment reports (2007, 2011, 2014) by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He was Senior Researcher at the International Energy Agency (IEA), Paris for four years where his last report in 2010 was Cities, Towns and Renewable Energy – YIMFY (Yes In My Front Yard) and in his role on the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel for the Global Environment Facility (GEF, based in Washington D C and linked with UNEP and World Bank) he is involved with developing strategies and indicators for a new US$150 million GEF integrated approach pilot project on supporting 23 cities in 11 developing countries to become more sustainable.

Mark Todd

Mark ToddMark Todd is co-founder of Ockham Residential, ‘Urban Regenerators’ committed to quality urban design. He also co-founded the Ockham Foundation, which supports educational initiatives that encourage critical thought, independent thinking and a sense of social justice. In 2015, Ockham Residential became principal sponsor of the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.




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