Oslo plans for quality human experiences in public spaces – support provided to Gehl Architect’s Public Space Public Life survey

Oslo plans for quality human experiences in public spaces – support provided to Gehl Architect’s Public Space Public Life survey

Background and aims

Oslo’s population is projected to grow by 30% over the next 15 years from its current 600,000 to around 800,000. With this growth comes development opportunities as well as some challenges. As Oslo grows its goals are to increase activity, urban life and safety perceptions and ultimately improve cultural activity and business returns.

To help achieve Oslo’s goals Gehl Architects, in collaboration with the Secretariat for Living Oslo, completed Oslo’s third Public Space Public Life (PSPL) survey from 2012-2014 which they then used to inform a Strategic Plan to guide future development of the city. The first PSPL survey was completed by Jan Gehl in 1987. The 2014 survey took a fresh look at the city centre, documenting city life and the quality of the public space in downtown Oslo through mapping how people move, where they spend money and how they experience various parts of the city center via comprehensive pedestrian counts, observations and face to face on street surveys.

Christchurch citizens refine city living – A Liveable City Chapter (CERA)

Christchurch citizens refine city living – A Liveable City Chapter (CERA)

Background and aims

Christchurch’s central city was decimated by earthquakes in 2011 - around quarter of all buildings and half of buildings five stories or higher were damaged beyond repair.

CERA developed a draft residential chapter titled A Liveable City to add to the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan. The draft chapter proposed some changes to the Christchurch City Plan (the District Plan). It put forward a vision and objectives for central city living, along with several initiatives to stimulate the development of housing and communities, and in this way help central Christchurch to recover and thrive.

The Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery sought written public comment on the draft residential chapter in July and August 2014. The aim of the comments process was to inform the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery of public opinion on the draft chapter before the chapter was finalised.

Highly ranked Christchurch hotel knows its guests – Commodore Airport Hotel

Highly ranked Christchurch hotel knows its guests – Commodore Airport Hotel

Background and aims

The Commodore Airport Hotel is one of Christchurch’s finest. The recent opening of its new wing and ongoing popularity are testament to it continually aspiring to be the best and achieving that aspiration.

Hotel management saw the need to refresh how it was measuring guest satisfaction with its facilities and services. Its aim was to find out from those who matter most, their guests: what is being done well; what can be improved; and to pick up ideas for doing things better. It also wanted to learn as much as possible from the comments offered by guests through social media, such astripadvisor.