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Elevator Pitch, brought to you by Flick

In the latest instalment of our Flick Electric Co. Elevator Pitch series, Emily Heazlewood, stands in an elevator and explains why – and how – she's created an app called Romer that helps match people to unique and personalised experiences around them, from finding the best cocktail in town to the coolest waterfall walks.

Firm foundations

New Zealand firm Architectus has joined forces with Danish library design experts Schmidt Hammer Lassen to deliver Christchurch a new quake-resistant library called Tūranga. The building opened this month and has a self-centring mechanism that allows it to sway and return to its original position, meaning that it can withstand structural damage during a large earthquake.

Cultural preservation

Realityvirtual’s Simon Che de Boer recently had a hand in documenting one of the world’s most ancient civilisations in VR. And now, he’s keen to get to work on his passion project: local cultural preservation work of the Christchurch Cathedral. He wants to resurrect the old Cathedral in VR using publicly sourced photography, so is putting out a call to the public to submit any photos or videos they have of the building pre-earthquake, and using deep learning, a company can fill in the missing data and build a VR experience around this.

Regeneration

Regenerate Christchurch has released its plan to redesign the quake-damaged centre of the Christchurch city – Cathedral Square – to the public. It says its aim is to ensure the space is transformed from being seen as “damaged and uninviting” and returned to its original purpose – a gathering place for locals and visitors alike.

Big ups

It may be a ways from the central city, and even further from the sea, but there's quite a bit happening in the Christchurch suburb of Hornby these days. For proof: The Hub Hornby, which has won top accolades at the recent New Zealand Property Council awards.