Competition launched for Christchurch urban village design

Oct 17, 2012
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Above: photo by Simon Sellars.

Christchurch City Council in New Zealand launched an international competition on Monday to design a new urban village in the earthquake-ravaged city centre.

Competition entrants from around the world will design a new medium-density urban residential complex aimed at providing a variety of housing options and lifestyle choices. In a joint effort with the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and CERA/CCDU, the winning design will be built on the corner of Madras and Gloucester streets, and will address the key principles of sustainability, affordability, innovation and a strong sense of community.

“The new development will inspire and excite a new generation of residents to live within Christchurch’s Central City, where we are rebuilding what will be one of the most modern and liveable cities in the world,” says Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker.

With all eyes on New Zealand’s second-largest city as it rebuilds and redevelops after the series of earthquakes that hit in 2011, Parker says that Christchurch needs to embrace the opportunity to change its living environment.

“The winner of this competition will not only be creating a new place of living in our Central City but also a catalyst for change in the way the world thinks about communities and lifestyle changes.”

Minister for Building and Construction Maurice Williamson said he was delighted to be working with the Christchurch City Council and Ngāi Tahu on the project.

“Central Christchurch has always been iconic and this competition to rebuild a bold and visionary inner city will see that tradition continue,” says Williamson. “It will create new icons and set an international benchmark for inner city living.”

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