My town: our community places, all with a backdrop of the river from hills to the sea

As Rosalind Derby, I have impacted change in urban environments around Aotearoa.

In the early 80s I designed, advocated for and consulted successfully, in public participation workshops, to form treed streetscapes as traffic-calming outdoor rooms throughout the streets of Ponsonby and Herne Bay, Auckland.

In 1986, in campaigning for council in the Wanganui city elections, my advocacy for re-imagining the Wanganui CBD, the preservation of its heritage buildings and the opening of the city urban heart to the river, was followed up by others to become the Whanganui we now know and love. A cultural city gem, achieving the status of Unesco International City of Design.

As a member of Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park, Paekakariki and as project manager on the team to preserve the Stables in the Park Barn, we ran a successful, volunteer-build project for a heritage preservation. The enhanced Greater Wellington regional focus on the park through this community action, has attracted more architectural builds as a result.

When I work in any urban space, the focus is on making the most of opportunities for community in the built world.

When I work in any urban space, the focus is on making the most of opportunities for community in the built world. Now as a member of Placemaking Aotearoa and Women in Urbanism Aotearoa, I have strong links and nationwide connections to help create a bright future for public-place design and the collective urban experience.

Have you heard of pop-up architecture? Architecture interventions in existing built space? Temporary pavilions as shared space in urban or green-space environments?

I would like to show you.