Please join us for the opening of the Green Frame II exhibition sponsored by Warren & Mahoney and Aurecon.


Studio Christchurch Summer School was a collaborative Christchurch based design unit organized by the four New Zealand architecture schools: the School of Architectural Studies at CPIT, the School of Architecture at Victoria University Wellington, the Architecture Department at Unitec, and the School of Architecture and Planning at The University of Auckland. The summer school was hosted in Christchurch at CPIT and ran from January 7th to February 1st.

The 2013 Studio Christchurch Summer School focused on the investigation and programming of the unique Christchurch Green Frame and Avon Precinct as outlined in the CCDU Plan. With fifty-five students involved, five design courses covered a broad range of approaches and tested ideas through a series of design proposals. On the basis of emerging issues facing urban development in the 21st Century, the studios combined underlying philosophical theories with current and practical issues related to the Christchurch recovery.





All photo’s courtesy of Jonny Knopp, aka Peanut Productions


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[THESIS 2012]


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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[D5 2013]
Please join us with and our invited guests: Pip Cheshire, Andrew Just, Erica Austin, Rex Braganza and Michael Milojevic for the final reviews of the Design 5 (third year) Future Christchurch course. Five teams have developed projects in response to the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority’s (CERA) Blueprint released in July 2012. The projects included alternatives to the transportation hub, a retail precinct and two provocative alternatives to the Green Frame.


The aim of this first workshop in Christchurch (March 9-12) was to explore the range of possible thesis topics and then select one. Each student choose their own topics:
Sarah Al-anbuky: Creative Learning
Rex Braganza: Transportation and Satellite Centres
Mona Ibrahim: Worker Housing
Joo Kim: Community Housing & Green Space
Janice Lee: Events Venues for Children
Yin Wah Yvonne Mak: Urban Agriculture and Business
Wenzuo Yi (Zody): Zero Net Energy


[THESIS 2012]


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


Please join us for a Workshop on Saturday March 9th at the Green Frame Exhibition, the following guests will present their work followed by a round table discussion:

11:00-12:00 Alastair Wells and Matthew Ayton from the Unlimited School
12:00-13:00 Jacky Bowring Head of The School of Landscape Architecture at Lincoln University
14:00-15:00 Mark Billinghurst from Hitlab at Canterbury University
15:00-16:00 David Sheppard speaking on the Blueprint
16:00-17:00 Dushko Bugonovic speaking on Sustainable Urbanism from UNITEC
17:00-18:00 George Parker speaking on the Arts in Christchurch

Thank you to our guests for their time and insights!