Grand Design host and architectural historian Kevin McCloud is currently in New Zealand and when he recently visited Christchurch, he struck quite the chord with those he met. If you didn’t see this piece on Campbell Live last night, watch as McCloud tours Christchurch and discusses the merits of reducing building height to seven storeys.
Architecture that’s built anywhere from 12 to 20 storeys, he says, is built on the scale of mountains, something humans beings find “quite scary”. Architecture that’s built to seven storeys on the other hand is built to the scale of humans and trees, a scale that’s “comforting and not at all threatening”.
Having read over the draft city plan, he also says Christchurch needs to utilise international competitions to draw the best architects for the rebuild.
Watch the story here.