Challenge Research Areas

Understanding and Re-tooling the Architecture and Logistics 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); and 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". This programme will improve decision-making about controls on, incentives for and costs of new buildings through a systemic approach. This will lead to improved housing stock and will meet future demand for affordable housing. The programme will pay particular attention to the resource holdings and critical actor positioning of iwi, hapu and Māori trusts, as well as the two-tiered regulatory environment Māori operate in.

Principal Investigators: Kay Saville-Smith   Iain White   Larry Murphy

Next Generation Information for Better Outcomes

Modern technology offers opportunities to use a wider range of data. For example, crowd-sourced data can help shape and improve the function and flow of our communities. This research will realise the expanding wealth of digital information, particularly geospatial data, and how it can be better used and more easily accessed across local, regional and national decision-makers.

Principal Investigators: Simon Kingham   Vivienne Ivory   Malcolm Campbell

Supporting Success in Regional Settlements

Regeneration includes property-led development, cultural and built heritage revitalisation, ecological restoration, business social entrepreneurship and community ventures. So this research will develop a model of the system of regional settlements and their linkages to cities and rural activity to identify connections which will improve urban environments.

Principal Investigators: Harvey Perkins   Arthur Grimes   Michael Mackay  

Shaping Places: Future Neighbourhoods

Liveable and well-designed houses and neighbourhoods, benefit the people who live in them. They  also contribute to successful towns and cities. In other words, both the physical and social structure of neighbourhoods are critical to their success. By focusing on the larger cities - home to around half of all New Zealanders - this research will lead to an understanding of the principles and processes that create more successful neighbourhoods.

Principal Investigators: Errol Haarhoff   Ella Henry   Marc-Aurel Schnabel   Karen Witten  Suzanne Vallance

Transforming the Building Industry

This research aims to transform the current conservative, constrained and fragmented building industry into a productive, innovative industry for the 21st century. Under the overarching theme of innovation, the research will focus on three areas: new technologies, appropriate upskilling of labour, and improving processes with a focus on whole-of-building, whole-of-life performance.

Principal Investigators: Suzanne Wilkinson   John Tookey   Casimir MacGregor   Regan Potangaroa

Kāinga Tahi, Kāinga Rua

The Kāinga Tahi, Kāinga Rua Strategic Research Area recognises the dual and complex nature of our Māori identities and the many communities we construct our lives in. Simply, all Māori by whakapapa originate from a specific place, rohe, marae, kāinga, but are more likely now to live at their Kāinga Rua in a city. Many Māori may consider their Kāinga Tahi being the city now and their Kāinga Rua their marae.

Principal Investigators: Rau Hoskins   Jenny Lee-Morgan   Rihi Te-Nana   Tepora Emery