Thursday, August 11, 2011

Draft Plan

Yesterday the Christchurch City Council released its draft plan for recovery. you can take a look at a pdf of the full plan here. It may be useful for some of you to situate your project in relation to this. For others your project might act as a critique of the plan.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Share An Idea

48 Hour Design Challenge

The 48hr Design Challenge, run by the Christchurch City Council and held at Lincoln University, provided an opportunity for Council to gain inspiration from the design and architecture industry, while testing the draft Central City Plan currently being developed.
A total of 15 teams took part in the Challenge, with seven people in each including engineers, planners, urban designers, architects and landscape architects, as well as one student on each team.
The four sites within the Red Zone included the Cathedral Square and BNZ Building; 160 Gloucester Street; the Orion NZ Building at 203 Gloucester Street; and 90 Armagh Street, including the Avon River and Victoria Square. The fifth site, which sits outside the Red Zone, is the former Christchurch Women’s Hospital at 885 Colombo Street.

Monday, June 27, 2011

A different concept of how we might live in the future

Tommy Honey (design correspondent for Radio New Zealand) discusses the potential for rethinking houses and suburbs in re-building Christchurch.

Self sustaining neighbourhoods an option?

David Haywood, Radio NZ science reporter and resident in Christchurch suburb of Avonside (which is in the red zone) proposes a possible 3rd , stay on the land without services and be self reliant. (This discussion comes about half way through the interview).

Is it possible that the city could move?

The Anglican Bishop of Christchurch, Victoria Matthews

“We are being realistic and saying where will the center of the city be in the future? We want to be central, we want it to continue to be the heart and soul of the city and so we need to go where the heart of the city is”. (Click on this for the interview).