Before After exhibition back on its feet and ready for public consumption

Before After exhibition back on its feet and ready for public consumption

Before After: Let’s build a better Canterbury’, an exhibition showcasing rebuilding solutions for Christchurch following the September earthquake,  had only been open one week when the February quake struck. But as of today the exhibition, initiated by the Canterbury Branch of the New Zealand Institute of Architects, is back on track and open once again to the public. 

The purpose of the exhibition is to engage the public in the debate about Canterbury’s future. It sets out the key reconstruction challenges facing Canterbury in the areas of heritage and character, urban and residential design, transport and infrastructure, and environmental planning. 

The organisers say that every architect needs a client brief, and the people of Christchurch are that client, and together need to come up with a brief on how to best rebuild the region. 

One exhibition organiser, Matthew Webby, says the February earthquake makes the issues surrounding the rebuild ieven more relevant. 

“We want the public to look at the city and its surrounding region and consider the options in front of us. Do we set out to replicate past patterns and perhaps repeat past mistakes, or do we turn our disasters into opportunities to improve our region?,” says Webby. 

‘BEFORE AFTER: Let’s build a better Canterbury’ reopens today at the Rakaia Centre at CPIT. A free discussion series will occur each Thursday where a panel of experts will debate the issues at hand with a public audience 

Discussion schedule: 

  • 9 June 2011, 6pm – Heritage and Character
  • 16 June 2011, 6pm – Urban Design
  • 23 June 2011, 6pm – Residential
  • 30 June 2011, 6pm – Transport and Infrastructure
  • 7 July 2011, 6pm – Environmental Planning
  • 14 July 2011, 6pm – Where to from here? Jasper van der Lingen, Chair, Canterbury branch, NZIA 

Comments and feedback from the exhibition and discussion series will be collected at the venue and published online at

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