Can we, in our collective response to the challenges facing our cities, not just ‘bounce-back’ but ‘bounce forward’? With COVID-19, cities are changing, but now so too, must our suburbs.
As we've been working from home, we've been discovering new green spaces, coffee spots, meeting more neighbours – but it has also revealed the limitations of the suburbs we have created to date.
Will cities continue in their current form, or will we see villages within cities emerging or in some cases re-emerging, and the rise of suburbs or "superbia"?
In our most recent research: Towards Superbia - A Renewed Focus on our Suburbs, Arup has looked at four types of suburbs, their existing conditions and how recent events have challenged how we live in them. How might they adapt to meet our changing needs, now and in the future?
The reinvention of New Zealand suburbs needs both big ideas and small interventions. We have made five recommendations for change– to help us move from suburbia to superbia. Feel free to dowload our publication from this link: