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Hasn’t this all been done before?

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

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What will happen to vehicular traffic flow? (Trains/buses/cars)

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

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Isn’t it going to be horrible in the winter?

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

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What about the heritage buildings?

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.

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What about all the existing buildings?

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.

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How much of the space will be public/vs. private and who will look after it?

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

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How will rules work? Can the council dictate what building owners can and can’t do?

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

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