Update (June 8th, 2011)Videos from the TedXEQChch conference, which Grant and Julian attended, are now available. Held in Chch (May 21st, 2011) it was an amazing event, filled with 700+ proud, optimistic citizens who are all keen to get on with this massive task of rebuilding our city.
Grant presented on "the economic cost of being boring" which went down very well.
Check out the latest update post, a more detailed example of the EGC concept on one block.
The great response continues, thank you everyone who has visited and contributed so far. Please keep them coming and get involved with fleshing out some more detail on how we might bring the Elevated City to life.
We have just released a first cut FAQ section to the site, attempting to start summarising the key points of discussion around the elevated garden city concept.
Check out the concept video (now in HD) and we welcome other visualisations of the concept.
The aim of this website is to make sure we all think "outside the box" when we consider how to rebuild the CBD of our beloved Christchurch. This is a chance to turning Christchurch into an iconic world city without costing a fortune.
A few of us have been bouncing these ideas around (and they have been mentioned else where) so we thought we’d put a bit of effort into communicating and generating support for the idea of Christchurch being the world's elevated Garden City.
We are no experts at most of this but we have been inviting others that are to contribute to the concept and see what we can create. We are great believers in tapping into creative people from all over the world to discuss and build out the concepts. If you want to contribute you can register an account or you are welcome to comment on any blog posts.
All the images and the new video on the Concept images and video page we have created are available to download and tweak and get creative with. This is all about throwing ideas out there.
We have a chance to do something very cool so lets not waste it. We look forward to hearing your thoughts.
Gardens on roofs are not new. Re-building a CBD linking them all together to have an elevated city space is new. Christchurch will be a world first to demonstrate a new model for the 21st century that people will love … Continue reading
You could look at the elevated garden city as a super cheap way to get an underground set of roads and car parks. Rather than having multi-storeyed car parks you could have the bottom floor of most buildings as car … Continue reading
Probably nicer than the pre-quake city was – there are still likely to be covered walk ways around shops and buildings on the elevated level. Chch is actually pretty sunny in the winter and it will be a lot lighter … Continue reading
Let’s make the ones deemed significant (and safe) enough an integrated part of the design – e.g. Cathedral as the focal point of city still – flowing up to the elevated part of the city.
They can stay where they are but up to 60% of the CBD could be demolished. The new elevated garden city can weave around them and include them in creative ways.
Probably like the rest of our garden city most of it will be privately owned and looked after and designed to meet the needs of the building users. This will be different for cafes, offices, retail, hotels, etc. Like the … Continue reading
The council (and central government) dictate rules and constraints for owners all the time. Things like the City and Regional Plans define a lot of what an owner can do. For instance, in a residential area you can’t cover your … Continue reading