The Kainga / Market Town
Instead of building hundreds of terraced housing on urban-fringe vacant paddocks, instead of densification, cramming more buildings on existing lots, both of which overburden an already creaking infrastructure, build whole new self-supporting towns in the countryside with their own infrastructure that does not add thousands of cars to overburdened roads. Build new towns that are not dependent on jobs in the regional economy, because they create their own local economy. Build new towns with a much higher quality of life – complete, not elite, communities, with affordable housing for all. Rather than invent something new and hope it works out, look to history first. Look at what works because its timeless design patterns are human scaled. Look to pre-colonial kāinga and pre-industrial market towns. Then adapt it to the 21st century. Build 21st century kāinga/market towns.