A commemorative landscape in the Christchurch Residential Red Zone

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Davis, Andrea
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Master of Landscape Architecture
Unitec Institute of Technology
Bradbury, Matthew
Popov, Nikolay
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Ngā Upoko Tukutuku (Māori subject headings)
Christchurch (N.Z.)
Christchurch 2010-2011 earthquakes
Christchurch rebuild
Residential Red Zone (RRZ) (Christchurch, N.Z.)
residential sector
New Zealand
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Davis, A. (2018). A commemorative landscape in the Christchurch Residential Red Zone. (Unpublished document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Landscape Architecture). Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10652/4546
RESEARCH QUESTION: How can a post-disaster landscape commemorate the collective loss of place felt by communities after the Christchurch earthquakes? The Canterbury Earthquake Sequence (CES) occurred between September 2010 and December 2011, with the Christchurch earthquake of February 22nd, 2011, killing 185 people and destroying much of the Central Business District (CBD). At the time of the first earthquake Christchurch was the second largest city in New Zealand. The Earthquake Commission received over 470,000 insurance claims, due to the reoccurring earthquakes and damage to the built environment. The collective sense of loss was felt heavily by the people of Christchurch, especially those families living in the eastern part of the city. With 15,000 families losing their homes and 7,350 of those families permanently displaced from their land, the earthquakes caused the largest internal displacement in New Zealand history. Through the 1900s the Christchurch suburbs sprawled east along the Avon River/Ōtākaro. This is now known as the Residential Red Zone (RRZ). This project looks at the abandoned landscapes of the RRZ, and how a commemoration of loss might be expressed honestly. This design uses broken elements of the abandoned neighborhoods to tell a story of place and loss. This design incorporates new elements that give back a sense of place, creating tūrangawaewae for all visitors, to the design site. No material within this thesis may be used without the permission of the copyright owner
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