Lifemark® rated homes are designed to be usable and safe for people of all ages and stages. They are easy to live in – for a lifetime.
Lifemark® work alongside designers and builders to offer advice on how to make best use of space in a home, based on the principles of Universal Design. Any new home design and any size home can be Lifemark® rated. It's about designing to have space in the right place.
Our philosophy begins with the Be. Lens - a new way of looking at the world.
The Be. Lens is one of Accessibility. It changes the emphasis from barriers and exclusion to a sense of engagement and generosity from every member of society. By working together in a creative and imaginative way, all in society can celebrate the opportunity accessibility offers.
This lens allows us to see the magic in possibility while also keeping us grounded and genuine. It allows people to find new common ground with each other and it encourages a community where we all take responsibility for creating the best and most accessible world imaginable, individually and collectively.
The language that reflects this new lens is about "accessibility" rather than "disability", about possibility rather than limitation, about innovation rather than the status quo. We talk about access citizens, access customers, the access economy, and accessible people!
Auckland Transport is a Controlled Organisation (CCO) of Auckland Council. The organisation combines the transport expertise and functions of the eight former local and regional councils and the Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA). The establishment of Auckland Transport marks the first time in Auckland's history that all transport functions and operations for the city have come under one organisation.
Among its main tasks are:
To design, build and maintain Auckland's roads, ferry wharves, cycleways and walkways
To co-ordinate road safety and community transport initiatives such as school travel
Plan and fund bus, train and ferry services across Auckland.
Isthmus is an integrated design studio that removes the traditional boundaries between the disciplines of architecture, landscape and urban design. We are guided by a clear set of principles and ideas; our kaupapa is based on deepening the relationships between land, people and culture. Established in 1988, our name references both our Auckland base - a city within a volcanic field, squeezed between the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea - and our role as connectors. We work as a group harnessing the depth and breadth of our inter-disciplinary team. Over 75 staff are spread across two studios in Wellington and Auckland.
Our projects are driven by a collective passion for place, strong social and environmental agendas, a belief in the importance of ideas. The result is work that has depth, relevance and meaning.
We believe in building relationships that endure. We take a conscious approach to business, measuring our success in terms of positive effects on community, environment and economy. We are proudly design-led.