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[AD2 2013]
Tower Junction close proximity to the CBD makes it an ideal area to rezone for intensified development. When researching the area it became evident that there are two key factors that were identified as problematic: the rail acts as a barrier between north and south, and the car dominates the land use. Three proposals were developed to address these issues: ‘Car[Park]’ looks at ways to connect the adjacent anchor projects through extending the road system, ‘Connect Four’ develops a scheme incorporating a grid system and a hierarchy of streets, and ‘Needle Work’ proposes a scheme that seams together the north and south sides of the railway.

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Car[Park] Lydia Ai-Un Liu, October 2013
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Connect Four Ying Yan Zhou, October 2013
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Needle Work Roberto Onat Wallace, October 2013
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[AD2 2013]
Growth projections show Halswell is facing an extremely high population growth of up to three times its current population over the next 20 years. The result is an increase from 14,680 up to 40,825 residents by the year 2030, making Halswell the fastest growing area in Christchurch. Population growth generates the requirement for more facilities such as housing, shopping, recreation etc. in order to maintain a healthy standard of living for all residents.

Approximately 87% of the existing housing stock in Halswell is composed of three bedrooms with two car garages. Halswell’s demographics show a quarter of its these three bed-room homes are occupied by a single individual. This indicates a lack of housing choice for smaller household compositions because the housing typologies are not adapting to the evident change in demographics. The demographics in Halswell also shows young couples in the future are less likely to have children, resulting in smaller families.

This project focuses on densification of the town centre complimented by a generous recreation area and housing typologies to suits smaller sized families. The team divided the centre into three porjects: ‘Voi[d]ensification’ which takes an adjacent suburban block and proposes infill residential housing; ‘Raising Halswell’ merges a housing scheme with the big box retail; and ‘Halswell’s Vein’ creates a recreation area adjacent to these two housing schemes.


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VOI[D]ENSIFICATION
Ting-Hin (Desmond) Lam, October 2013
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RAISING HALSWELL Villa (Huilin) Yan, October 2013
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HALSWELL’S VEIN Zara (Cheng) Huang, October 2013
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[AD2 2013]
Sydenham is divided east west by Brougham St, to the north are industrial warehouses and to the south is predominantly residential. Sydenham is also divided by Colombo St, which runs north south and is a busy through street connecting people in southern suburbs to the CBD. The urban strategy for this project was to mix up the industrial with the housing, and create sub-centres within Sydenham. Each centre would be identified by a local park and connected by a green path to the nearest centre, making walking and cycling the preferred form of transport within the area.

Dimitar Borislavov Penchev, Rod Ziqian Tian & Timothy James Hogarth, October 2013

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[AD2 2013]
Christchurch is growing, but not as a unit, it is growing as a collection of individual ‘islands’. Connecting these islands would allow the city to function more efficiently and grow as a whole. The Christchurch International Airport’s current location is disconnected from both business canters and industrial areas. This project looks at two aspects: the Cargo Connection and Passenger Connections and develops strategies to make both more efficient.

Lesley Lu Chen & Emma Suzanne Farmer, October 2013

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[AD2 2013]
Ferrymead, a major service centre, was heavily damaged in the earthquakes and lost many of the large retail shops. This study shows that Ferrymead is also a major sporting centre for Christchurch. Two proposals are developed that explore coupling services with housing and recreation. ‘The Docks’ looks to Vancouver as a model city and borrows from it the hierarchy of high, medium and low density gridded pattern and incorporates this into a dockland landscape. ‘The Water Sports Centre’ looks to Irvine and the Garden City to develop a centralised urban pattern that radiates from private to public in its land use.

Nan Wu & Owen (Wei wei) Xing, October 2013

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[AD2 2013]
Linwood suffers from low economic conditions as well as high crime rates. This proposals aims to address these issues by creating an ‘attraction’ that would bring prosperity and activity to the area. With the Avon River to the north and the estuary to the south, there is the opportunity to create a ‘Green Loop.’ This projects explores a radical idea of closing Linwood Ave to vehicle traffic and creating a woven canal and recreation landscape. The proposal goes further by exploring a radical method to intensify and densify the built fabric along the canal, integrating housing and shopping along the landscape of bridges, water ways and parks.

Huizi Suki Jiang & Xiaoming Zhang, October 2013

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