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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.

Green is the new black

The Government has set a goal to plant one billion trees over 10 years to tackle climate change, enhance natural landscapes and create jobs. Landscape architect Di Lucas says the initiative is a good one, but will require planting the trees in a planned and thoughtful way. Here, she outlines what needs to be done.

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.

Opinion

Idealog’s editor Elly Strang recently attended Sydney’s Vivid festival and came back feeling equal parts inspired and wistful that our side of the ditch doesn’t have anything quite on the same scale. Here, she laments the lack of an urban festival celebrating the creative sectors in New Zealand – and chats to Vivid Sydney creative director Ignatius Jones about where the Vivid gets its inspiration from, and how it takes creativity to the masses.

Redesigning New Zealand

Two sets of proposals advocating for better urban design in New Zealand have been pitched at the Government in quickfire succession since this year's Urbanism New Zealand conference. Here, Stephen Olsen takes a look at what conference delegates and the NZIA have separately offered up.