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[D6 & AD2 2012]
Following the URBAN ANALYSIS component of the course, the teams took two different directions: either to develop an urban scale (MACRO) design or a building scale (MICRO) design. In both cases the design work is derived from their initial analysis. There are five MICRO scale design teams: Eco-belt, Patterns, Transport, Water, and Heritage. And there are four MACRO scale design teams: Geology & Infra-Structure, Micro-Urbanism, Economics and Dencity.



PATTERNS
Team: Alexander Milojevic (FINAL PDF), Seth Munn, Mikhail Rodricks (FINAL PDF)
Using the observations of different urban fabrics, each team member selected a different site and grafted in figurative patterns to suggest new organisations. These patterns become organisational principles both at the urban scale and the building scale.



DENCITY (FINAL PDF)
Team: Zhi Jian David Wong, Che Wei Jacky Lee, Praveen Karunasinghe
The team uses the method of scenario planning to test four possible futures given different urban strategies. The team’s aim is to determining the most viable urban strategy for Christchurch. Each scenario takes into consideration the whole of Christchurch, while understanding the centre is the CBD. The four strategies tested are: 1. A Sprawling City – Declining CBD and Suburban sprawl (pre-earthquake situation); 2. An Intensified City Core – Intensifying the CBD with increased mixed use zoning (current draft plan); 3. An Autonomous Network of Towns Surrounded by Green Belts – densification of satellite towns connected via a public transportation system; 4. A Tree of Life – Urban corridor scheme that feeds into an intensified CBD.



ECO-BELT
Team: David Ma (FINAL PDF), Tina Martin, Thomas Denhardt
Using the Waimakariri River as a figurative starting point, the team conceptually imposed the image of the river into the centre of the city and developed urban connections stringing together vacant lots and introducing new programs.



ECONOMICS (FINAL PDF)
Team: Jeremy Yoo, Sam O’Connor, Thomas Ward
After analysing the city and discovering the financial value of the local malls, the Economics team proposed creating a network of financial hubs, each with a unique identity. The concept is to increase development along the major streets adjacent to the malls, and make local town centres by allowing for higher buildings and more floor area. As well the strategy considers how each hub knits into the fabric with cycleways, pedestrian-ways and greenways. The team will illustrate the strategy through three examples of a small, medium and large mall type. As well their proposed urban strategy will be applied to the CBD, treating it similarly by creating denser corridors of activity.


HERITAGE
Team: Gong Rickey Wang (FINAL PDF), Gang Henry Feng (FINAL PDF), Logan Suhrer (FINAL PDF)
In the team’s initial research, they found that the heritage buildings in Christchurch were a product of their time. A series of variables contributed to their identity as ‘heritage’ such as aesthetic, materialistic, technological and programatic. The team endeavours to proposed three heritage buildings, a reconstruction of the Town Hall, a new transportation hub and an earthquake memorial. Each project finds a unique understanding of the meaning of heritage and pulls it through their design: the town hall uses a relationship to views and literally folds in the Garden City identity, the bus station is a reinterpretation of gothic, and the earthquake memorial serves the purpose of a place to remember through experience.



INFRA-STRUCTURE & GEOLOGY
Team: Johnathan James Guest (FINAL PDF), Scott Alexander Riley Thorp (FINAL PDF), Duy Khang Phuong (FINAL PDF)
Building on their research of ground conditions, the team has developed three proposals. The first proposal develops a comprehensive strategy for all urban infrastructures, with the underlying concept to create networks joined by a backbone rather then a centralised system. The second proposal develops a global strategy for the city’s waste; the aim is to turn waste into energy and benefit the city, this is done through the introduction of catalysts. The third urban strategy focuses on developing a comprehensive catalogue of possible structural types relative to zoning and ground condition; this proposal underscores that Christchurch can rebuild but they need to understand the structural requirements relative to ground conditions.



TRANSPORT
Team: Justin Baatjes (FINAL PDF), Yvonne Mak (FINAL PDF), Eric Nakijima (FINAL PDF)
The team developed three transport hubs at the perimeter of the CBD, challenging the notion of a single central hub. The intention is to free the city centre from heavy bus traffic and allow for a localised central transfer system to link each hub. They went on to couple unique programs with each of the proposed hubs: a stadium, a hospital and a shopping centre.



WATER
Team: Jason Barnes (FINAL PDF), Richard Jones (FINAL PDF), Charlotte Laus (FINAL PDF)
The team set a clear ambition to optimise the use of water as it relates to different contexts and their associated programs. The team developed a rural farm, a suburban algae park and an urban greenhouse. Each project finds a unique relationship between the ecological landscape and the built form, seamlessly transitioning between the two.



MICRO-URBANSIM (FINAL PDF)
Team: Jordon Tomas Saunders, Yun Kong Sung, Adrian Vincent Kumar
The future of urban planning could be in scripting rather than a zoning code, the micro-urbanism team developed an urban strategy around such an idea. They took all the possible ecological parameters and in a sense treated them like characters on a stage, assigning each one a responsive trait then hitting play to watch them self organise. Each trait can be given a lesser or higher priority thus playing out ideal scenarios based on optimising different ecological variables. The team will illustrate their design through three case studies: an idealised city based on minimising pollution, an idealised city based on wind patterns and an idealised city based on ground water conditions.

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[D6 2011]
Following the URBAN ANALYSIS component of the course, the teams took two different directions: either to develop an urban scale (MACRO) design or a building scale (MICRO) design. In both cases the design work is derived from their initial analysis. There are five MICRO scale design teams: ECO-BELT, PATTERNS, TRANSPORT, WATER and HERITAGE.



ECO-BELT
Team: David Ma (FINAL PDF), Tina Martin, Thomas Denhardt
Using the Waimakariri River as a figurative starting point, the team conceptually imposed the image of the river into the centre of the city and developed urban connections stringing together vacant lots and introducing new programs.



PATTERNS
Team: Alexander Milojevic (FINAL PDF), Seth Munn, Mikhail Rodricks (FINAL PDF)
Using the observations of different urban fabrics, each team member selected a different site and grafted in figurative patterns to suggest new organisations. These patterns become organisational principles both at the urban scale and the building scale.



TRANSPORT
Team: Justin Baatjes (FINAL PDF), Yvonne Mak (FINAL PDF), Eric Nakijima (FINAL PDF)
The team developed three transport hubs at the perimeter of the CBD, challenging the notion of a single central hub. The intention is to free the city centre from heavy bus traffic and allow for a localised central transfer system to link each hub. They went on to couple unique programs with each of the proposed hubs: a stadium, a hospital and a shopping centre.



WATER
Team: Jason Barnes (FINAL PDF), Richard Jones (FINAL PDF), Charlotte Laus (FINAL PDF)
The team set a clear ambition to optimise the use of water as it relates to different contexts and their associated programs. The team developed a rural farm, a suburban algae park and an urban greenhouse. Each project finds a unique relationship between the ecological landscape and the built form, seamlessly transitioning between the two.


HERITAGE
Team: Gong Rickey Wang (FINAL PDF), Gang Henry Feng (FINAL PDF), Logan Suhrer (FINAL PDF)
In the team’s initial research, they found that the heritage buildings in Christchurch were a product of their time. A series of variables contributed to their identity as ‘heritage’ such as aesthetic, materialistic, technological and programatic. The team endeavours to proposed three heritage buildings, a reconstruction of the Town Hall, a new transportation hub and an earthquake memorial. Each project finds a unique understanding of the meaning of heritage and pulls it through their design: the town hall uses a relationship to views and literally folds in the Garden City identity, the bus station is a reinterpretation of gothic, and the earthquake memorial serves the purpose of a place to remember through experience.


[AD2 2011]
Following the URBAN ANALYSIS component of the course, the teams took two different directions: either to develop an urban scale (MACRO) design or a building scale (MICRO) design. In both cases the design work is derived from their initial analysis. There are four MACRO scale design teams: GEOLOGY > INFRA-STRUCTURE, MICRO-URBANISM, ECONOMICS and DENCITY.



GEOLOGY > INFRA+STRUCTURE
Team: Johnathan James Guest (FINAL PDF), Scott Alexander Riley Thorp (FINAL PDF), Duy Khang Phuong (FINAL PDF)
Building on their research of ground conditions, the team has developed three proposals. The first proposal develops a comprehensive strategy for all urban infrastructures, with the underlying concept to create networks joined by a backbone rather then a centralised system. The second proposal develops a global strategy for the city’s waste; the aim is to turn waste into energy and benefit the city, this is done through the introduction of catalysts. The third urban strategy focuses on developing a comprehensive catalogue of possible structural types relative to zoning and ground condition; this proposal underscores that Christchurch can rebuild but they need to understand the structural requirements relative to ground conditions.



MICRO-URBANISM (FINAL PDF)
Team: Jordon Tomas Saunders, Yun Kong Sung, Adrian Vincent Kumar
The future of urban planning could be in scripting rather than a zoning code, the micro-urbanism team developed an urban strategy around such an idea. They took all the possible ecological parameters and in a sense treated them like characters on a stage, assigning each one a responsive trait then hitting play to watch them self organise. Each trait can be given a lesser or higher priority thus playing out ideal scenarios based on optimising different ecological variables. The team will illustrate their design through three case studies: an idealised city based on minimising pollution, an idealised city based on wind patterns and an idealised city based on ground water conditions.



ECONOMICS (FINAL PDF)
Team: Jeremy Yoo, Sam O’Connor, Thomas Ward
After analysing the city and discovering the financial value of the local malls, the Economics team proposed creating a network of financial hubs, each with a unique identity. The concept is to increase development along the major streets adjacent to the malls, and make local town centres by allowing for higher buildings and more floor area. As well the strategy considers how each hub knits into the fabric with cycleways, pedestrian-ways and greenways. The team will illustrate the strategy through three examples of a small, medium and large mall type. As well their proposed urban strategy will be applied to the CBD, treating it similarly by creating denser corridors of activity.



DENCITY (FINAL PDF)
Team: Zhi Jian David Wong, Che Wei Jacky Lee, Praveen Karunasinghe
The team uses the method of scenario planning to test four possible futures given different urban strategies. The team’s aim is to determining the most viable urban strategy for Christchurch. Each scenario takes into consideration the whole of Christchurch, while understanding the centre is the CBD. The four strategies tested are: 1. A Sprawling City – Declining CBD and Suburban sprawl (pre-earthquake situation); 2. An Intensified City Core – Intensifying the CBD with increased mixed use zoning (current draft plan); 3. An Autonomous Network of Towns Surrounded by Green Belts – densification of satellite towns connected via a public transportation system; 4. A Tree of Life – Urban corridor scheme that feeds into an intensified CBD.

[D6 & AD2 2011]
The first part of this course was dedicated to preparing a body of research based on a specific urban issue focusing on Christchurch. Students worked in teams of three, and each team developed diagrams and maps to explain what they learned. Below are the team’s topics and links to PDF’s of each of the booklets.


PATTERNS (PDF)
Team: Alexander Milojevic, Seth Munn, Mikhail Rodricks



DEN-CITY (PDF)
Team: Zhi Jian David Wong, Che Wei Jacky Lee, Praveen Karunasinghe



ECO-BELT (PDF)
Team: David Ma, Tina Martin, Thomas Denhardt



ECONOMICS (PDF)
Team: Jeremy Yoo, Sam O’Connor, Thomas Ward



HERITAGE (PDF)
Team: Gong Wang (Rickey), Gang Feng (Henry), Logan Suhrer



STRUCTURE & GEOLOGY (PDF)
Team: Johnathan James Guest, Scott Alexander Riley Thorp, Duy Khang Phuong



TRANSPORTATION & CIRCULATION (PDF)
Team: Justin Baatjes, Yvonne Mak, Eric Nakijima



WATER (PDF)
Team: Jason Barnes, Richard Jones, Charlotte Laus



MICRO-URBANISM (PDF)
Team: Jordon Saunders, Yun Kong Sung, Adrian Vincent Kumar

[AD2 2011]
Urbanism has been strongly dictated by top down master planning strategy. The urban network has been misrepresented when viewed from above; the aerial map has suppressed social relations, and burdened cities with rules based on poor site logic and lack of ecological understanding.

A new strategy of data reading calls for a new method for data making. When examining the post effects of the earthquake in Christchurch, the obvious organisational strategy implies a process of urban infill where the solution becomes a bandaid over a larger urban issue.

An application of self-organizing logic to urbanism enables a shift from notions of the master-plan to that of master-algorithm as an urban design tool. Rather than designing an urban plan that meets a set of criteria, urban imperatives are programmed into a set of agents which are able to self-organize. Consequently this conception of urbanism generates systems that are flexible to respond to the constantly changing political, economic and social pressures of urban development.

Team: Jordon Saunders, Yun Kong, Adrian Kumar
Urban Analysis Booklet (PDF)


Above: Data maps are created looking at the finer grain of land use.
Below:The team created a software that reads the landscape one pixel at a time and then generates specific land use maps, this is one example.

[D6 2011]
pattern / pat•tern /ˈpatərn /
Patterns are a discernible coherent system based on the inter-relationship of component variables.

As part of a larger urban analysis of Christchurch, our intent is to identify and succinctly categorize discernible patterning within the city centre, sub-urban area and peripheral farmland. Raw patterns are derived from aerial imagery and GIS data to form the groundwork for a generative strategy based on the city as an assembly of its various spatial typologies. The resulting pattern-based syntax serves to illustrate the inter-relationships between built form, road network and landscape. This developed pattern ‘language’ will provide examples of how the existing spatial typologies manifest when combined at strategic and local scales.

Team: Seth Munn, Alexander Milojevic, Mikhail Rodricks
Urban Analysis Booklet (PDF)

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[D6 2011]
Transport is not only the veins, but an organ of every healthy city. Christchurch, like any city, depends on the circulation and transportation networks to keep it alive and functional, however, our research identifies networks that do not improve along with the ever growing region. Our aim is to analyze the circulation networks and identify rational proposals to optimize the connectivity. While the recent earthquakes have caused road closures and generally disrupted peoples daily lives, it also creates an opportunity to improve the transportation networks in the future reconstruction.

Team: Eric Nakijima, Justin Baatjes, Yvonne Mak
Urban Analysis Booklet (PDF)

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This is a map of the current (post-earthquake) bus routes and their daily frequency.