The Christchurch City Council has drafted the Central City Plan to guide the redevelopment of Christchurch urban core. The process highlighted the community’s passion to make Christchurch a great city once again – perhaps even better.
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Research has assessed the plans to step back upper storeys of buildings and break up city blocks in Christchurch with courtyards and lanes to improve environmental and energy performance.
Increasing urbanisation means people will be living closer together which could be challenging for some. In post-earthquake Christchurch, community gardens show how connections can be forged and the power of community engagement.
In response to the earthquakes of 22 February and 13 June, Warren and Mahoney proposed 10 strategies to aid the discussion around rebuilding the city.
A new Christchurch is emerging as the anchor projects forming the heart of the resurrected city ramp up.
A new idea in urban design that puts people at the centre of planning has emerged – the 20-minute city. Now research at the University of Waikato is looking at New Zealand communities to see if this could be useful here.
Climate change hazards such as erosion and flooding threaten many coastal communities. While we wait for new legislation to better enable adaptation, pressures for coastal housing and urban development are continuing within an inadequate planning and building framework.