Yes we have to increase our housing supply but we don’t have to do it by spreading our cities outwards and building over our best arable land.
Otherwise we will be importing more of our food in the future instead of growing it ourselves and our already high cost of living will go up impacting even more on those who already struggle to get by.
Part of the solution is to build up in our cities not out but that means finding ways families can live better lives in our cities.
Pictured in my post today is an apartment complex in Turin at 25 Verde. I interviewed the architect Luciano Pia for my documentary Who Owns New Zealand Now? (See the link in my previous post the interview is near the end of that doco)
Whether you like the look of this particualr building or not my point is we need to have more imaginative solutions to how we can live in our cities.
Bryan Bruce is one of NZs most respected documentary makers and public intellectuals who has tirelessly exposed NZs neoliberal economic settings as the main cause for social issues.