Christchurch Conversations: Jason Twill

Collaborative Urbanism: innovation in housing and city-making


Jason Twill’s Christchurch Conversation will introduce Christchurch to the ways the sharing economy and collaborative consumption are enabling more affordable living standards in tier one cities across the world.

Around the world community collectives are coming together to co-create multi-layered neighbourhoods that are affordable, intergenerational, economically diverse and socially connected. These citizen-driven and community-involved urban developments are disrupting the traditional approaches to urban housing and providing a means for more liveable, equitable and diverse cities across the globe. The evening discussions will focus on dynamic new housing and place-making models for cities premised on multi-functional, live-work- play space designed for social connection and economic practicality.

Discussions will explore the concept of Collaborative Urbanism as a new urban development paradigm which responds to several emerging lifestyle trends including the sharing economy, micro-living, live/work, the maker movement and co-living to create the ideal platform for a modern and affordable city living. From Baugruppe in Germany to Nightingale Housing in Australia, Jason’s talk will take us on a journey around the world’s cities with examples of how these emerging models are changing urban landscapes and improving our quality of life.

Tuesday 5 December 2017
6:00 – 7.30pm
Function Room, Civic Building, 53 Hereford Street

With a career spanning over 18 years in sustainable property development, Jason has been at the forefront of built environment transformation. His development experience includes delivery of green mixed-income housing projects throughout New York City, execution of Vulcan Inc.'s South Lake Union Innovation District in Seattle, Washington and serving as Head of Sustainability and Innovation for Lendlease Property, Australia.

Jason is founder and Director of Urban Apostles, a start-up real estate development and consulting services business specialising in alternative workplace & housing models for cities. Its work focuses on the intersection of the sharing economy and art of city making. He is currently the housing innovation and diversity advisor for Urban Growth Development NSW and and NSW Land and Housing Corp for the Waterloo Public Housing Estate redevelopment.

In 2016, Jason was appointed as an Innovation Fellow within the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building at the University of Technology Sydney and leads research into regenerative urbanism, housing affordability, and green building economics.

He is a co-founder of both the International Living Future Institute and Green Sports Alliance and originator of the Economics of Change project. Jason was designated a LEED Fellow by the United States Green Building Council in 2014, was named a 2015 and 2017 Next City Global Urban Vanguard and is an appointed Champion and advisor to Nightingale Housing in Australia.

This event is brought to you by Christchurch City Council in partnership with Te Pūtahi – Christchurch centre for architecture and city-making, New Zealand Institute of Architects and Regenerate Christchurch.


Date: November 14, 2017