Improving the architecture of decision-making

Our built environments are produced through a complex of interactions between three major groups:

  • resource holders (physical and financial)
  • critical actors in supply and demand (developers, builders, consumers, financiers, investors)
  • regulating agencies.

These groups and individuals are all influenced by economic, financial and cultural imperatives. Together, these actors and their logics comprise the architecture of decision-making. The architecture complexity obscures, even to the actors, many of the effects of decisions.

So this programme will improve decision-making about controls on, incentives for and costs of new buildings through a systemic approach rather than a silver bullet one. This will lead to improved housing stock and will meet future demand for affordable housing.

The programme will also involve decision-makers in improving their own system, making them more likely to take up the innovations. It will improve decision-making for urban environments and land use through a systemic approach, which should improve urban environments and residents' wellbeing.

It will directly improve decision-making on land use. And it will pay particular attention to Māori in terms of resource holding and critical actor positioning of iwi, hapu and Māori trusts, as well as the two-tiered regulatory environment Māori operate in.

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