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[THESIS 2012]

*** RELEASE OF PROTOTYPE CITY: FUTURE CHRISTCHURCH V3.0 ***

Christchurch is at a pivotal time in its history. More than two years on from the devastating earthquakes, decisions made now of what to build where and when will come to define the city. Recognising resources for reconstruction are limited, it is critical to think strategically about what types of construction could attract further investment, and what projects are more likely to act as catalysts for growth than others.

The Future Christchurch project brings together a group of six thesis students from the University of Auckland’s School of Architecture and Planning to engage in a collective design project. Through a collaborative process, the project proposes a framework for the development and rebuild of Christchurch. It begins by researching local economies to identify potential catalysts for growth and inform urban strategies and architectural systems. The six economies include: innovation, transportation, green, education, housing and events. The collaborative process enables a synergy between each of the developed strategies, recognising that economies intimately coexist, rather than stand alone.

Christchurch is the perfect prototype city for three reasons: first, it has the unique advantage of abundant water, arable land and a moderate climate conducive to farming. Second, with a population of approximately 370,000 inhabitants, it is large enough to be relevant as a major city but also small enough for technology and infrastructure to be implemented quickly and efficiently. Lastly, because of the massive rebuilding effort following the earthquakes, there is an opportunity to rethink the urban form. Christchurch could capitalise on this opportunity by recognising these inherent traits and become a model city for the 21st Century.

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[THESIS 2012]

*** ANNOUNCING ECONOMIC RESEARCH AND DESIGN BOOKS AVAILABLE ONLINE ***

V3.1 Innovation Economy by Alexander Haryowiseno
US $59.95

V3.2 Towards and Efficient Transportation by Che Wei (Jacky) Lee
US $59.95

V3.3 A Green Economy by Zhi Jian (David) Wong
US $71.95

V3.4 Creating Creative Christchurch by Praveen Karunasinghe
US $62.95

V3.5 An Adaptable Housing Solution by Biran He
US $67.95

V3.6 The Experience Economy by Erica Austin
US $94.93

[THESIS 2012]

Is a transitional approach to planning Christchurch possible? Six thesis students from The University of Auckland’s School of Architecture and Planning have pooled their individual theses and are engaging in a collective design project for the future rebuild of Christchurch. Each student researched a unique economy in Christchurch with the aim to tease out possible catalysts for growth and stimulate investment in the city. Their final proposals aim to anticipate the inevitable nature of change and its inherent unpredictability. To do this they are approaching planning not from an end result but rather from a starting point.

For those that missed the student’s presentation during the Festival of Transitional Architecture (FESTA) you can watch them on Youtube here:


INNOVATION ECONOMY
by Alex Haryowiseno



TRANSPORTATION ECONOMY
by Che Wei (Jacky) Lee



GREEN ECONOMY
by Zhi Jian (David) Wong



HOUSING ECONOMY
by Biran He



EXPERIENCE ECONOMY
by Erica Austin


[THE BRITISH COUNCIL CHRISTCHURCH SCHOLARSHIP – MASSEY UNIVERSITY]
competition entry 08-2012

FUTURE CHRISTCHURCH: Towards an Efficient Economy
Christchurch, like most cities, has been progressively shaped by the evolution of transport technologies from walking to transit and automobile. This had enabled cities to form a new style of development, which resulted in a push outwards. Although each advancement allowed an expansion of the city, it also made the previous transport technology less effective. For instance, the existing transport network in Christchurch favours people to drive cars. It is perceived as the easiest, most convenient way to travel. To Christchurch’s credit, they have a public bus network, but because of the urban sprawl it is inefficient and therefore ridership is low.

So rather then fight the norm, I have developed a solution to reduce congestion and promote community. “KiwiGo” is a smart car-sharing mobile application that takes advantage of the sea of cars and allows drivers to actively rent out their vacant seats to others heading in similar directions. In future generations of the app the aim is to integrate it with public transportation (Metro Company) and other possible car sharing companies to make Christchurch a fully multimodal travelling city.

The goal of this solution is to reduce car-use through car-sharing by turning personal cars into private-run public transport. The direct benefit could be a reduction in vehicles on the road, which could free up road area for other uses. But it goes beyond environmental benefits to create community through the social exchange of getting a lift from one place to another. Once car-use is reduced, the need for the abundant car- park spaces in the city could also be slowly turned into more useful spaces for the public. This will begin the transformation from a city designed for cars into a more pedestrian and bike friendly city.
Che Wei (Jacky) Lee
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[THE BRITISH COUNCIL CHRISTCHURCH SCHOLARSHIP – MASSEY UNIVERSITY]
competition entry 08-2012

ZERO-CARBON CHRISTCHURCH 2030
A Sustainable Energy Strategy for Economic Growth and Stability

Out of crisis arises opportunity; the devastating earthquakes in Christchurch provides the chance to implement green economic strategies by transitioning Christchurch to become a Zero-Carbon city. I agree with Einstein when he said, “we can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we createdthem.” In order to solve our current global economic and environmental emergency, we need a completely new approach and can no longer rely on outdated technology to solve present day problems. I am proposing an energy strategy for Christchurch where the city relies completely on renewable energy sources. This is not only feasible but also economically more stable in the long term. In doing this Christchurch could build on New Zealand’s identity as a ‘clean, green’ country and capture the attention of foreign investment in sustainable technologies, which is one of the fastest growing markets globally. By transitioning to renewable energy, the city can create the necessary infrastructure to attract high value technology companies to locate themselves in Christchurch thus leading to a more innovative and creative workforce. The green energy scheme is based on a collection of diverse and decentralized renewable sources,which would mean that the energy system in Christchurch is more resilient in times of crisis. The beauty of a green renewable energy structure is that once the system is operational, the cost of energy will be minimal, which will have significant economic savings for both the government and private sectors. The proposed energy strategy is based on utilizing natural resources in the most efficient and economic way. Rather than rebuilding the city as it was; I propose we take this opportunity to re- establish Christchurch to become the true Garden City of the world, and lead the way by implementing a green energy plan.
Zhi Jian (David) Wong
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[THESIS 2012]

A GREEN ECONOMY (LINK TO PDF)
DAVID ZHI JIAN WONG
The sustainable solution to the ever-increasing energy needs and a potentially very strong economic catalyst for Christchurch’s recovery, could be one in the same.



INNOVATION ECONOMICS (LINK TO PDF)
ALEX HARYOWISENO
This thesis proposes to look at architecture’s role in encouraging the regeneration of Christchurch’s economy through innovation and technological development.



EXPERIENCE ECONOMICS (LINK TO PDF)
ERICA AUSTIN
This thesis will focus on the collaboration between architects and other creative disciplines, and how the creative arts industries can contribute to the regeneration of Christchurch through event making and the associated economic benefits to communities.



CREATIVE ECONOMY (LINK TO PDF)
PRAVEEN KARUNASINGHE
The focus of this thesis is to use architecture to attract and retain the creative class and enrich the intellectual capital in order to increase the city’s value. Creating creative Christchurch focuses on attracting and retaining the creative class by focusing on the role of education in the city.



THE HOUSING ECONOMY (LINK TO PDF)
BIRAN HE
Displaced residents and the expected influx of new workers, means that there is an expected shortage of 25,000 houses in the coming year. This thesis aims to address this imminent crisis.



THE ECONOMICS OF TRANSPORTATION (LINK TO PDF)
JACKY LEE
This thesis will look at how different modes of transport shape the urban fabric and are a condition of economics; it will look to the past, understand the present and propose a future transportation strategy that could be a catalyst to change and model for other cities.

[THESIS 2012]
The thesis group had a one week ‘research charrette’ to prepare a general understanding of the different economic forces at work in Christchurch. Each student took a different facet of the economy and prepared a presentation:


Insurance, Business, Innovation, Education and Creativity by Praveen Karunasinghe (PDF)



Natural Environment and Energy by Zhi Jian (David) Wong (PDF)



Export Oriented Economic Growth by Alex Haryowiseno (PDF)



Infrastructure, Manufacturing, R&D, Construction and Real Estate by Biran He (PDF)



Quality of Life by Jacky Lee (PDF)



Tourism: Hospitality, Events, Food and Retail by Erica Austin (PDF)