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Cityscape Our Christchurch
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Whether you’re pro-restoration or keen to see something new up in its place, it’s hard to go past the currently deconsecrated church when handing out awards for the city’s most prominent landmark, well known building, and most enduring symbol. Knocked up over forty years (40!) between 1864 and 1904, it was the initial brainchild of the earnest colonial gentlemen of the Canterbury Association, and designed by the prolific British architect George Gilbert Scott (who, letting his drawings do the talking, never actually set foot in the city). Local legend Benjamin Mountfort also did some tinkering when he began supervising the project in 1873. Earthquakes are nothing new for the building – they took multiple damaging swings at it in 1881, 1888, 1901, 1922 and of course, September 2010, and although the building lost the top of its steeple a couple of times, it soldiered on as a symbol of the...
Cityscape Home & Garden
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With Christchurch in full rebuild mode, Cityscape caught up with CoLab Architecture’s Blair Paterson and Tobin Smith for the lowdown on the finer points of creating timeless architecture. It’s fair to say that the dust has now settled in Christchurch and the city rebuild is well and truly underway. As the city transitions from demolition to reconstruction, the urgency to get projects moving forward presents a new challenge for architects and designers. People are understandably eager to get back into their homes and start using the city again; however, this eagerness can bring about shotgun decisions that often result in less than appealing architecture. Christchurch has always been celebrated for its strong architectural language, from the historic Gothic structures of Benjamin Mountfort to the slick modernist forms of Sir Miles Warren. All of this history has shaped what is known as ‘the Christchurch style’, and although a lot of these examples have been lost, certain principles can be adopted to create a...
Cityscape Inside Word
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Well, we were all excitedly waiting for it – and here it is! A draft plan for the rebuild of Christchurch City was released yesterday and it looks fantastic. The Share an Idea campaign sought the input of Christchurch locals and the Christchurch City Council has responded with a ‘City in a Garden’, featuring a multitude of green spaces. The Avon River will be embraced with wide green areas along its banks, and a network of footpaths and cycle trails creating a riverside corridor through the city. Continuing the ‘green theme’, there’ll be many more trees planted along the streets, a new network of neighbourhood parks and a push for new Green Star-rated buildings. The new Christchurch will be more intimate and more human-friendly, built on a smaller scale with low-rise buildings and in a more compact footprint. It will feel safer, with a mix of strengthened heritage buildings and innovative...