Christchurch Buildings

Above are two of the new central-city buildings going up in post-quake Christchurch – the city whose plan was that we be a “city in a garden“.

Even if “soul” is a metaphor for you, I posit that our physical environment affects us. Steel, glass, tilt-slab, reinforced concrete, and the occasional planter box, with hardly a pointy roof or curve in sight, and canyons of shadowed, windy streets, and some green paint on the tar seal as a safe, “green” bicycle way is not really what sprang to my mind at least…

Is it really that much more expensive to add some pointy bits and curves? To set buildings slightly back off the footpath so that some trees fit in that gap? Or are our architects so committed to the post-modern doctrine that function be visible, and nothing is hidden by facades – including the incessant reminder into the next decades, by every diagonal metal girder, that we have endured the quakes, and may do so again at any moment?

This:

Merivale New Church

Replaces this:

Old Merivale Church

And this:

baptistafter

has been announced will replace this (image source):

Baptist Church before quakes

The architect says he was inspired by the concept of a monastery.

I am heartened by the news that Manchester Street will be turned into a widened tree-lined boulevard.

In the five years since the quakes, no new Anglican church building plans have been revealed.

This post, in a Throw-back-Thursday sort of way, encourages those interested to reflect further on what is placed within the worship space, but I add the extra dimension that, whilst the church is the people, and the building is there to stop the church (ie. the people) from getting wet – the building affects us as well…

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