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The ‘Smart Talk. Future Thinking’ events are aimed at getting people in the community to talk to and think with each other in a general sense, aided by stimulating and well-known speakers. The events will not be directly connected to any councils/agencies or their own engagement processes.
The primary aim is to stimulate thinking, ideas and understanding of long-term future trends in the widest sense in a community western Bay wide event. SmartGrowth looks ahead 20, 30 and 50 years ahead, and the SLG has clearly indicated that ‘Future Thinking’ is its number one priority. We are trying to stimulate future thinking in our community with the knowledge, data, evidence, research and access to speakers that we have as SmartGrowth.
SmartGrowth partnered with the New Zealand Institute of Architects and the Festival of Architecture to present Placemaking and Density Done Well, a Smart Talk Future Thinking event . Through a panel format the Talk explored some of the issues faced when a city increases in size and what opportunities there are to create quality spaces and adapt to growth.
Professor Paul Spoonley, Pro Vice-Chancellor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University launched SmartGrowth's speaker series on Tuesday 7 February with his presentation A Changing Demography, Changing Challenges.