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Conference 2006
Plants as infrastructure

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Plants as InfrastructureThis conference was held at Unitec, Mt Albert, Auckland, 24-25 March, 2006.

Unitec, Auckland local government, the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architecture and the Royal NZ Institute of Horticulture came together to consider the topic of plants as infrastructure in our cities.

The conference showcased several green infrastructure projects, and focussed on matching theory with innovative best practice.

Topics included water, weeds, trees, teams, planning, design and management.

The keynote speaker was Joan Nassauer, Professor in Landscape Architecture at Michigan University. Joan's expertise in water management is at a wide variety of scales, including peri-urban, suburban and fully urban areas.

The programme consisted of invited papers, oral papers, poster presentations and a range of fieldtrips that visited initiatives around greater Auckland.


The premise of this conference was that 'greening the city' by providing plants as infrastructural systems is an important normative goal in landscape architecture and urban planning.

In order to enact this goal, appropriate resources and expertise must be applied to the planning and implementation of such planted systems.

The functions and values this plant infrastructure can provide includes both the biological management of air, soil and water quality, climate and habitat resources, and enhancing cultural values of amenity, recreation, and providing a sense of place and cultural identity.

The conference was held at Unitec in Auckland and focussed on issues of interest to greenspace managers, landcare groups, planners, landscape professionals, horticulturists, ecologists, students, educators and local body politicians.

Presenters explored the issues from a range of scales, from broad international perspective from the keynote speaker Professor Joan Nassauer down to specific technical subject areas of rooftop gardens and stream-side plant trials. There were examples of a broad range of projects in Auckland, such as large-scale projects designed by Peter Walker, a wetland system at Waiatarua, and also a focus on providing successful interdisciplinary teams to manage successful projects.


Date of conference

24-25 March, 2006


Unitec, Carrington Rd, Mt Albert, Auckland

Organising Committee

Penny Cliffin (convenor)
Ron Davison
Chris Ferkins
Jack Hobbs
Andrew Maloy
Bev McConnell
Leigh Rockell
Helen Swinburne

Enquiries to: Penny Cliffin ( Contact us

Conference sponsored by:

  • Auckland City
Auckland City
  • Auckland Regional Council
  • North Shore City
North Shore City
  • Tesselaar Plants
Tesselaar Plants
  • Unitec
  • Waitakere City Council
  • Weekend Gardener
Weekend Gardener

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