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.
It is easy to have clear cycle and pedestrian areas in the elevated space. This is a much safer mix than cars/bike/pedestrians.
This is just not realistic in the short term. There will be lots of opportunities for folks living in the central city to get around without the need for a car in a safe convenient way on the bike/walk ways. … 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
Pretty much every new building is likely to have a combination of stairs and elevators. For the businesses that want foot traffic (shops/cafes etc) this is a great way to have additional shop window opportunities with people going up and … 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
Could actually be lighter with fewer high rises – putting gardens on the top of low buildings doesn’t block light. The foot bridges are not likely to make much difference. The buildings could still advertise what is in the shops/cafes … Continue reading
If there aren’t enough people on street level surely there won’t be enough to be on the top as well?
If we wanted to be bold we would design it so that all foot/bike traffic was designed for the garden level – all shop windows etc on this level. This would have the advantage of pedestrians never needing to worry … Continue reading