The plan for the rebuild for central Christchurch is now out. It looks to me, as I slowly get to understand it, as having some very exciting possibilities. This site kept people (including out of this city and country) in touch with the events around the earthquakes. This post continues that theme.
There are still many people who are in serious difficulties in their own situation. Protests about the situation for those in TC3 areas were held at the same time as this plan was revealed. As we pray for and seek wisdom, creativity, and energy for going forward, we also remember those who have died, those who grieve, those whose lives are totally changed through these quakes…
The plan will only translate into a human city by interesting contemporary architecture. I hope we don’t end up with the sort of tilt-slab and glass buildings (going up and being planned) as the norm.
Does the height restriction apply to buildings like the BNZ replacement in the Square – or are the replacements exempt in their rebuilding?
Where is the parking…
I will also be interested how all this affects the church. St Michael and All Angels, currently seeking a new vicar, not only needs to maintain and enhance its leadership in the contemporary catholic contribution within Anglicanism, but now will have the Justice and Emergency services on its doorstep. St Luke’s will have the Cultural Centre and Performing Arts in its neighbourhood. The cathedral will have a revitalised Square around it. St John’s in Latimer Square will be, like St Luke’s, clearly outside of the CBD and, in St John’s case, dwarfed by the city’s true cathedral, the Stadium, next to it.
After the quakes the diocese had a Strategic Planning Group meeting. That was disbanded. Strategic conversations were to happen between parishes, and those conversations gathered together at a diocesan meeting last Saturday. That meeting was cancelled. With, as just one example, church insurance premiums being sixfold (!!!) this year over last year – strategic planning is essential.
Other local Anglican priest blogger, Peter Carrell has also got a not dissimilar blogpost on this here.
[Following previous discussions on this site, I notice that the transitional cathedral, now announced to be a building to last fifty years, is facing South (page 86 [PDF 12MB]). This is the first time those of us interested in such things have found out]