So what next? How can you help?

Firstly – what a clever lot you all are….fantastic set of ideas and discussion that is very cool to see it evolving in interesting directions. It feels like you have taken ownership of this already which is exactly what we hoped might happen .

There are two key things you can do to help accelerate this idea. First is to continue letting as many people know about this as possible – the more smart people that start thinking about these things the better.

The second is to start adding more detailed flesh to the ideas. These models on this site were thrown together in a few days and we really need some folks skilled at modelling/sketching to bring some of the ideas mentioned alive so others can see the possibilities.

The fact that so many people get excited and all we had were relatively boring grey rectangles linked together is kind of encouraging. We would love to see people create more detailed images of:

  • How linked retails precinct could work on the elevated garden link – tied in with covered walk ways?
  • More creative office/hotel/residential buildings and precincts with the elevated garden integrated
  • Some more curves and split levels
  • Ways generic building elevators/stairs could be created to be used for both buildings and public (opportunity for retail shops to increase flow through past shop windows?)
  • Innovative public spaces – e.g. maybe the slopes up to elevated garden could sweep around half of the square making the cathedral the centre piece. This could form a natural amphitheatre that could be used for concerts possibly including an innovative retractable roof? – hey we may be allowed at least one or two expensive things as well….
  • Ways to link in heritage buildings both rebuilt and possibly some left as ruins as a reminder. Imagine half the provincial chambers returned to former glory and half left in crumbles state to view safely from above (unique EQ generated sculpture?) – possibly more interesting than it was before? (and probably cheaper than a full rebuild)
  • Some of the crazy things like having sheep. I assumed someone was having a laugh but if you sold ugg boots and sheep skins to tourists a few outside may not actually be silly
  • Some detail on how the bridges/fences could be designed together
  • Water features that could look like streams with modern twists for effect
  • How the elevated walk/cycle ways could be created to best effect – main flows covered?
  • So many other things too…….

We are hoping architects and designers will get creative with this and it could get quite interesting. If you have anything you would like to contribute let us know and we will post them up.

About grant

Grant Ryan is an addicted inventor/entrepreneur (YikeBike, SLI-Systems, GlobalBrain) and is on the board of Canterbury Development Corporation and Ministry of Science and Innovation.
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4 Responses to So what next? How can you help?

  1. Rupert says:

    Grant love the idea will show to everyone I know , nice work 🙂

  2. grant says:

    Great set of links – you can see how cool the city could become when detailed creative ideas from professional are incorporated. Thanks

  3. Tane says:

    I am keen to be involved in the city. I recommend a study of the architecture of Hundertwasser. http://www.google.co.nz/search?q=hundertwasser+green+city&hl=en&safe=off&client=firefox-a&hs=ZDo&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=ivns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=4UmQTfuwGo-6sQPY8uSeAg&ved=0CC4QsAQ&biw=1280&bih=526

    He designed buildings that incorporate trees and rooftops gardens in Europe, and moved to New Zealand later in his life.

    I like the idea of the garden city being the green manufacturing hub of New Zealand, ie making windmills, tidal energy parts and so on. Denmark leads the world in wind technology, Scotland is becoming a leader in tidal energy and China is the world leader in renewable technology, it is time New Zealand made its mark.

    All the best with the project you are working on.

  4. Hannah says:

    First of all – this is a fantastic and very innovative vision. I was surprised but excited to see that I am not the only one who had thought of this idea! Good work for having the guts and drive to post the vision publicly. This could really work, and be a huge success for not only Christchurch, but New Zealand and the world!

    I think it could potentially feel like a mini Copenhagen, with it’s uniform roof line at 5 storeys high and very few gaps between buildings, making it a compact, high density city, that still has distinct and vibrant districts. The icons of the city become the cathedrals and other important buildings that exceed the 5 storey height limit, as well as the well defined open spaces – plaza’s, squares and parks. At the street level are shops/retail while the upper levels are offices or accommodation. Christchurch could feel something like this only 3 storeys high…and with publicly accessed green roofs!

    The only down fall I see from a functional perspective – is what would happen at the street/ shop front level? Would this become deserted and potentially unsafe if all the pedestrians were moving around on the roof tops? Would the streets just feel like an underpass? Take the way a shopping mall functions for example – smaller shops are put in the path of the magnet shops (supermarkets etc) to catch consumers on their way. Would the shops at street level in the CBD be dis-advantaged by a rooftop pedestrian area simply because pedestrians don’t see them? How could this issue be addressed? Would love to hear any one’s ideas on this!

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