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Students have their creative say in Christchurch rebuild

We’ve talked about a number of initiatives underway in Christchurch that address the challenge of how to best rebuild Christchurch. And taking heed of  what up and coming architecture students in Christchurch have in mind for the rebuild seems like another good idea. Now twelve third year Architectural Design and Technology students from Christchurch’s Design and Arts College of New Zealand's (D&A), who were in some capacity impacted by the February earthquake, will showcase their ideas in an exhibition called Revitalise.

The 12 students had their internships interrupted by the 7.1 September earthquake and also had their final years work trapped in the red zone following the February quake.

Revitalise will be a showcase of the third year students final year's work, where students were asked to design a hybrid building to boost Christchurch’s image to a bustling metropolitan centre. The project integrates urban design, environmentally sustainable design and recent developments in materials and construction. Students will display renders, models, hand sketches and CAD draughting of their final designs.

"We hope to inspire some optimism after the recent earthquakes, giving Christchurch reason to be confident in the depth of skill and ability that the local architectural industry possesses" says graduating student Rob d'Auvergne.

The brief given to the students reflects The Christchurch City Council's revitalisation plans which aim to create diversity in the city centre and identify mixed-use buildings as key.

The event will be open for the public on Friday 10 June (12-6pm) at Watsons Auctions, 2 Oxley Avenue, St Albans. In the meantime, here's a few examples of the student's work below.

By William King

By Adrian Viegas

By Brad Davy

By Chelsea Kees

By Krystal Mckenzie