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Connecting Christchurch designers and architects

Connecting Christchurch designers and architects

It seems everyone is getting involved where they can in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake and the design and architecture realms are no exception. This week, both the Designers Institute (DINZ) and the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) have pledged their support.

DINZ is compiling a list of those who need temporary space and those who can provide space, from which connections will be made. 

“The Designers Institute community wishes to acknowledge the difficulties our colleagues in Christchurch are facing at this time. 

“The Institute has sadly been receiving reports that there are many studios where the buildings are unsafe or destroyed,” says DINZ. 

If you can help or need help contact cathy@dinz.org.nz 

The NZIA says it will be working to help local residents and businesses restore some kind of normality and move forward and its Canterbury branch has taken the first step by convening and establishing an Earthquake Response Committee to assist the established Civil Defense and local Council's efforts, and to work in teams with allied professionals. 

"Along with fellow professionals, architects can play an active role in the assessment, securing and recovery process of damaged and built environments. Maintaing the integrity of our heritage buildings and ensuring that restoration and rebuilds are of high quality must be a priority," says the chair of NZIA's Canterbury branch, Jasper van der Lingen.

They're encouraging people to head to the NZIA website (here) for details on the NZIA architectural practices in Canterbury who can assist.

The earthquake left quite the mark on the office of Strategy design and advertising. After celebrating its 11 finalist nominations for the 2010 Best Design awards on Friday night, staff returned to the office on Monday to find the mess below. Read the full StopPress story here.