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Calling all ideas

Calling all ideas

This is a call for ideas.

Christchurch’s recent 7.1 magnitude earthquake has severely damaged much of the built fabric of the city, in particular historic buildings in the centre. Outlying suburbs have been hard hit and vast numbers of homes will need to be reconsidered. Currently teams are working to assess, and to salvage what is possible of the city’s buildings. Within a few weeks large-scale rebuilding will begin.

This call for ideas comes from a group of young architectural graduates with an interest in engaging members of the public in dialogue around building decisions that affect them. The events in Christchurch have given their concerns a direct and immediate weight: over the coming months, hugely significant, city-defining architectural and planning decisions are going to have to be made. We implore the public at large, as well as architecture students and practising architects, to become involved in a positive and productive discussion over the nature of these decisions and the kinds of rebuilding they would like to see take place. We want to see your ideas providing a framework to give shape to what could, should, or might be.

Choose your strategy, construct an argument, share a notion, indulge in joyful play, fight against or reach towards. 

The scale is open: form a strategic vision for the entire city; reconsider a hard hit  suburb; preserve a local dairy. Salvage heritage and character, design temporary infills, sustainable developments, urban parks/reserves, inner-city living, a new typology of housing, a city of skyscrapers, a city of pickles… whatever you find interesting. We want ideas, ideas to stimulate interest and establish discussion to achieve the best for Christchurch.

Design, plan, write, draw, paint, model, dream…  just share what you value and deliver it in an A3 digital format to ideasforchristchurch@gmail.com. 

Submit as often as you want, as a group or as an individual; identify yourself or remain anonymous. We see this as urgent. 

Submissions are open from Wednesday 15th to Saturday 25th September 5.00 pm.

Selected works will be uploaded to online discussion forums, presented to the media, and publicly exhibited. For submission requirements, further information, queries, and updates please email the above or comment below.

Web:  Ideas for Christchurch

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