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Cities of Tomorrow

How do we make our burgeoning cities more sustainable? Kim Hill chairs panel discussions in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

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How do we make our burgeoning cities more sustainable? Kim Hill chairs panel discussions in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

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By 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population will be living in cities. In New Zealand 86 percent of us are already city dwellers.

The ideal ‘sustainable’ city of tomorrow will provide an enduring way of life from an environmental, economic, political and cultural perspective, while offering the best possible quality of life to all. It will also hold the needs of public and private interests in balance.

It’s a lofty ambition. While separate pieces of the puzzle – recycling, efficient energy consumption or social diversity – are achievable, we need to know how our cities can reach their full potential in an integrated and sustainable way.

Kim Hill has chaired three public panel discussions on the topic in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, each featuring lively conversation between French and New Zealand experts exploring local and international experience.

The series will be broadcast on RNZ National in September and October

Smart Hubs
4pm Sunday 18 September

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? Recorded in Auckland

Greener places
4pm Sunday 25 September

Our wellbeing is said to be influenced by our natural environment – so what is the cost of losing it? The second panel in Wellington discusses 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? Recorded in Wellington

A better life?
4pm Sunday 2 October

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 considers 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 engaged in the civic sphere. Recorded as part of WORD Christchurch

RNZ’s partners for this series are the Royal Society of New Zealand, and the Embassy of France.

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