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dc.contributor.authorRennie, Julian
dc.description.abstractMany city layouts are born out nineteenth century Victorian formality : axial roads, planned open spaces, with the overarching visual coherence that would shape the character of its inhabitants. This paper uses as a case study: Christchurch, New Zealand, which has in the past had the reputation of being the ‘Garden City’ of New Zealand. Christchurch was hit by a series of large earthquakes occurring from September 2010 to February 2011, (the latter claiming the lives of 185 people). Subsequently many buildings, (including houses), were condemned and demolished by the Christchurch City Council (CCC}. This resulted in many people closing their businesses and families being forced out of their homes and leaving the shattered city. However some local people consider the time was ripe for a new type of city to be established, a more humane and sustainable one. This paper unpacks some of the duelling forces at play shaping the 'rebuild,' on the one hand the CCC, with its powerbase 'of behind closed door decisions' that is pushing for a ‘framing' of the city that seemingly harks back to its Victorian roots. Against which there is a tide of individuals and small groups that are exploring new directions, via various interventions and new businesses that speak of how the 'common person' could live in this Urbanity. These events have been fast moving and the case studies are explored and researched via formal central news agency type statements and informal decentralised social media responses. A natural tragedy has provoked a temporal informality in contrast to the formal coherent past and this paper will attempt to explore these ramifications.en_NZ
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dc.subjectChristchurch 2010-2011 earthquakesen_NZ
dc.subjecttop-down governanceen_NZ
dc.subjectgrassroots movementsen_NZ
dc.subjectlocal communitiesen_NZ
dc.subjecturban recyclingen_NZ
dc.subjectsustainable urban designen_NZ
dc.subjectChristchurch City Council (CCC)en_NZ
dc.subjecturban designen_NZ
dc.titleInconsistent coherence in post-quake Christchurch, New Zealand.en_NZ
dc.typeConference Contribution - Oral Presentationen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden120508 Urban Designen_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationRennie, J. J. (2015, October). Inconsistent coherence in post-quake Christchurch, New Zealand. J. Wijesundara (Ed.), Proceedings: 3rd International Urban Design Conference on Cities, People and Places' - ICCPP-2015 (pp.118-130).en_NZ
unitec.institutionUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.publication.titleProceedings: 3rd International Urban Design Conference on Cities, People and Places' - ICCPP-2015en_NZ
unitec.conference.title3rd International Urban Design Conference : Cities, People and Places' - ICCPP-2015en_NZ
unitec.conference.orgUniversity of Moratuwa (Columbo, Sri Lanka)en_NZ
unitec.conference.locationColombo, Sri Lankaen_NZ
unitec.institution.studyareaLandscape Architecture

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