The Rebuild Christchurch Ideas

Posted 18 Jun 2011 by Swiggs Popular

This post is by far oversized, however if you are interested here are most of the ideas that we recieved from our ideas lounge. These ideas will be submitted to the council tomorrow under the strong umbrella of Rebuild Christchurch on behalf of the people who have submitted them but also for the residents of Christchurch for consideration on the central city plan. 

Thank you to everyone who was involved in this very special project since March. The ideas and the interest generated I am sure sparked the shareanidea project from the CCC and wider discussions within our communities. The ideas lounge will soon be shut down. However these ideas will live on and a new section of the site dedicated to actual projects and ideas will be developed for you to use soon.

Have a look through these as this is part of what you the community have said to us :)

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by: Rebuild Christchurch

submitted: 2011-03-16 17:38:37

title: Trams as major inner city transport

description: To reduce congestion in the inner city a utilization of Tram tracks in the 4 avenues would be great for the city.

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Even extending these out to the suburb locations like Melbourne has done would work well.

category: General

votes: 108

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by: Phil Holdstock

submitted: 2011-03-16 18:04:08

title: Public Spaces / Trams

description: Public Spaces in the CBD need to have a combination of Trees and Greenery to refelect our Garden City Status along with the practicality of shelter to allow for our winters. This includes the walkways around the shops and Buildings and at Crossings. Turn the Square into more of a Social Hub with Grassed areas along with some trees (Shelter). The City Planners stated this concept with City Mall and prehaps should be expanded upon.

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The Tram Project should continue but now we are not forcused on RWC prhaps make the route a lot more practicle around the inner city so it can be used by shoppers getting from South Mall in to the CBD and out to Riccarton as an extreme replacing the city curcuit buses but at least could be seen asa  way for business people to get around the City as well as visitors. Moving the Bus Depot out to the Old Railway station and use the trams to feed the bus services out to the suburbs. Alos make the Carparking Buildings out of the Inner city again using the trams to ferry people around the city.

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This should reduce congestion with buses and traffic in the inner city. With the Price of fuel Trams start to make a parcticle public transport system for the short inner city trips.

category: General

votes: 20

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by: Phil Holdstock

submitted: 2011-03-16 19:02:59

title: Swerage / Septic tanks / Water

description: After the issues with our sewage we should consider all high rise byuilding / Appartments be built with a Septic Tank system that wehn things are good goes normally into the sewage system however when things are bad this waste can be stored in the tank to be pumped out as required.

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All new Building should have a rainwater/ Grewater collection system that can be used for non drinking water purposes

category: Housing

votes: 7

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by: Martin Luff

submitted: 2011-03-16 23:06:11

title: Monument to quake

description: Carefully take down the twisted steel footbridge over the Avon river and re-erect it as a centre-piece in memorial garden (possibly on site of now demolished CTV building).

category: Heritage

votes: 26

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by: Martin Luff

submitted: 2011-03-16 23:19:56

title: Striking shopping boulevards and business zones

description: Please let's not replace the damaged business areas with sterile malls with too much 'placeless' multi-national branding. Lets get back the bookshops and local businesses and traders in imaginatively designed low-rise buildings that are modern but reflect our architectural heritage (wood, weatherboard, corrugated steel, stone, brick). Make it colourful and tap into our multicultural roots get the big national and multinational brands to follow along. Great architecture doesn't have to be any more expensive than the soulless concrete glass and steel that's slowly been swallowing up our suburbs. Make it so people want to wander there even if the shops are closed (there are plenty of examples like this in other cities - now let's make our own). Do the same in Eastern suburbs like Brighton (which part-way there in my opinion) as well as in the CBD.

category: Business

votes: 75

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by: Kay Edgecumbe

submitted: 2011-03-17 04:57:22

title: Churches could lead the way to a new Christchurch

description:  With so many churches destroyed we could take a page from the woolston catholic church.

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it is visually small from the outside and very very impressive as well but get inside and it appear huge.

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If all the various denominations were to get together and compete for the most modern looking and practical church then this alone could be a great tourist attraction as well as promoting more congregations

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category: Heritage

votes: 0

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by: Deb Gilbertson

submitted: 2011-03-17 21:18:52

title: Make Christchurch the Sustainable City Capital of the World

description: Peak oil is here now with demand rising and oil production falling.  The price of oil is likely to be $8/litre at the pump in a decade.   Readjusting to thrive in a powered down world will be the biggest challenge - and economic potential - of the forthcoming decades.

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Christchurch is committed to investing about $15 billion in reconstruction.  This is an opportunity to ensure the city is not only earthquake proof but is a role model for sustainability.  It will become the world's premier site for learning how to design a city, buildings and infrastructure that have a low energy footprint.

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Christchurch has the engineering and creative business talent to make sustainable architecture a world leading export business. 

category: General

votes: 151

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by: Rohan Storey

submitted: 2011-03-17 21:31:24

title: Design controls / ready made parts for new facades

description: As  heritage professional in Vic and Edward - heritage rich Melbourne, very sad to see so much great architecture destroyed, first by quake, now by gung-ho authorities (same thing happened in Newcastle, NSW after their earthquake). My suggestion is that christchurch should build on its heritage character – not necessarily exact reconstruction . copying like Warners extension (and Berlin, Warsaw, and Vienna) but perhaps like some US towns (and Berlin after re-unifaction) provide a design guide for new structures downtown, or perhaps just selected streets, based on the variety of historic facades; perhaps even lightweight precast panels with a variety of attachable details manufactured en-mass, most important that they have depth, not cartoon-like cutouts. Yes it would be great that every new building was outstanding contemporary architecture, but cant see that happening im afraid, sorry to say but few recent commercial buildings in CHch look particularly exiting (and the taller they are the more dominating their bland / badness is - has the Grand Chancellor been demolished yet ?). Would be good to rebuild low or at least under a particular height - easiest way to ensure some urban cohesion, the best place to start for streetscapes to meld into attractive wholes.

category: General

votes: 63

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by: sue naylor

submitted: 2011-03-18 03:50:50

title: Communities that are likely to be moved, should stay together!

description: Avonside and Dallington residents could find Lincoln has a river feel, once they come out and take a good look around the reserve, that may help ease the move.

category: Housing

votes: 4

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by: Barry Knutson

submitted: 2011-03-19 20:02:45

title: "Vienna of the South"

description: Given a new set of variables that we are faced with, the re-build of our city needs a new dynamic. Not just the recreation of a past soul but a rejuvenation. The first priority is to create a place which is about people.  The concern is that if we leave it to governmental authorities we run the risk of an area that is stark but a good postcard. I believe that we need more. We deserve a place that will reflect the true heart of a new world of values and desires.

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My thoughts are based on building the stage. As an actor I have little to offer other than to enjoy the view from the sidelines.

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My first thoughts are that the CBD was not people friendly due to the value applied to the area and that the only people who could afford to pay that prices were Insurance companies, Banks, lawyer, Accountants and Government Departments. I question these values.

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My suggestion is that we revert back to the idea of the “Vienna South”. We finish building the channels and waterways. We build a Central People District (CPD) behind the airport where the land is more compact with the central focus is a market ground and retail businesses. The area circumvented by the channel system that continues from Linwood Ave and returns out through Brooklands. That the channel is dug deep to help drain the surrounding area and work towards the neutralisation of the risk of liquifaction. That the main sewers and water systems are built down the centre of the channel so that in future earthquakes the substrate resistance is not so likely to fracture the system.

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The channel system would be flushed continuously by a dam at the Waimakariri gorge to avoid polluted water in the waterways. The fill removed could be used to extend the concept of Bottle Lake Forest park along the foreshore to create a recreation reserve as well as a barrier against the treat of Tsunami.

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Such a development would ensure that tourism would remain a major source of income for the area and allow many to make a living on the waterways ferrying people around and entertaining. An olympic styled rowing course. A jet boat sprint course (after all Canterbury is the birth place of the jet boat). Green areas along the banks where people can walk, talk and picnic - buy a cup of coffee and enjoy nature. Brooklands lagoon could be reserved for  kite surfers and individual wind sports while the Estuary could be dredged for a safe boat harbour for small pleasure craft.

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When I look at my fellow Cantabrians I see people interested in the outdoors, competitive sports people and creative young people. I would truly love to see them play on my stage.

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category: General

votes: 2

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by: Simon Prentice

submitted: 2011-03-19 20:57:52

title: Permanent Foodie/Farmers Market on the site of Central Sydenham

description: Presumably most of Central Sydenham will need to come down.  Perhaps this could be the site that confirms our position as the foodie capital of New Zealand.  I would suggest a huge and largely open air marketplace filled with local produce, spices, cafes, and lots of hot food stalls.  The market could be cobbled with recycled Canterbury bricks, including low partition walls.  The avenues would be meandering with interconnecting alleyways so that people can lose themselves, rather than a predictable grid pattern.  The overall feel would be similar to an Arab Souk; vibrant and lively and filled with intoxicating smells.  In winter, temporary awnings and canvas sails would enhance this look and feel.  It could straddle Colombo St., connected by 3 or 4 footbridges.

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The obvious business opportunity is a must-see tourist attraction that is a short (perhaps free) tram-hop from the new CBD.  But the other opportunity is a chance to compete against the supermarkets.  Many locals like the idea of the French or Italian way of life: shopping fresh each day for that night's meal (not to mention long leisurely lunches).  If it was easily accessable, many locals would use the market several times per week.  This would require ample parking in surrounding neighbourhoods.  It would also be an affordable place for specialist producers to set up; Cheesemakers, Vinters, Gluten Free bakers, etc.

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And perhaps one of the centre-pieces could be a wonderful seafood market where you can purchase to take home, or perhaps choose your piece of fish to be cooked in front of you (an idea perfected by our friends, the Japanese).

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Food for thought?

category: Business

votes: 84

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by: Kelly Lawson

submitted: 2011-03-20 03:46:54

title: Rebuilding the CBD

description: Rather than turn the CBD into yet another souless suburb, why not rebuild it showcasing our talents in design, construction and masonery?

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We have lost a lot of our heritage but many of the unkept buildings have also been destroyed, paving the way for buildings where the exterior matches the pride & talent of those working inside?

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I previously worked & lived within the CBD and have spent many a happy weekend, strolling down High Street, City Mall, shopping in Ballys to finish with a wine overlooking the Avon & the Bridge of Rememberance.

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I would hate for the devastation of February 22 to stop us from living in Christchurch; there will never again be a normal but we should rebuild our CBD with the pride that we live our lives.

category: General

votes: 45

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by: Martin O'Sullivan

submitted: 2011-03-20 14:02:28

title: Construction

description: Create a section where construction companies can register so that resources can be shared and persons/orgainisations can refer.

category: General

votes: 0

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by: Kirsten Adams-Ford

submitted: 2011-03-20 18:36:43

title: Christchurch can look to inner precincts of European cities, that really work, for inner city development

description: In order to encourage people back to the city, where they would reside in low rise, eco-designed, built-for-our-climate apartments, with shops and offices below, and with internal courtyard/grassed/paved meeting areas for residents, there should also be a development of market-style shopping - e.g. Fish market, fruit and vege market, meat market, and all manner of shopping options - think COLOUR and VIBRANCY! Think BUSTLE and LIFE! Think too of those fabulous markets in several Australian cities.

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Look to cities such as Bologna, with covered walkways (we DO need them in the inclement weather of Christchurch if we want people to walk and maybe slow cycle around town, all year round). Bologna food market is nestled alongside scores of designer/ trendy shopping - something for everyone.

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To get people closer to the city who live outside it, develop park-and-ride with frequent (!) and maybe FREE (?) electric buses/trams (we have a version of the concept) circuiting and cutting across the city easily moving people around, but keeping inner city much more free of vehicles. (not necessarily excluded, but dramatically reduced).

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We all can now have a vision for Christchurch that will take it far further than even we could have dreamed possible only a short month ago. Hopefully the 'leaders' will be led by the vision.

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category: General

votes: 38

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by: Kirsten Adams-Ford

submitted: 2011-03-20 18:39:26

title: Just noticed whopping great typo error in my headline

description: How do i fix it? I am a stickler for spelling, so this will stick in my craw until it is fixed! HELP!! Thanks, Kirsten

category: Website Improvements

votes: 0

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by: kent huxford

submitted: 2011-03-22 06:10:13

title: web survey methods

description: As an alternative to the 'like/dislike' voting method, perhaps a scoring system would work better - ie 10 = strongly like 1= dislike?

category: Website Improvements

votes: 5

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by: Lucia Youn

submitted: 2011-03-22 07:37:15

title: Make Christchurch an "Earthquake City"

description: Establish an earthquake-related education and amusement centre.

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The centre would offer research programme in geology in advanced  level (may be University of Canterbury can be involved in a high level)

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at the same time offers the public education programmes; for primary to highschool students and adults who are interested in.

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The amusement part of the centre would offer exhibitions about earthquakes especially focused on Christchurch case, stories of CHCH earthquake survivors, photo and video exhibition etc. It would be good also offering a chance to experience "how it would be like when earthquake hit"; a simulation room- use of 3D and I-MAX technology will give visitors a real experience of earthquake. Earthquake is scary when it's real but when it's fake, it can be fun too.

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Also create an "Earthquake walk". The walk can be either in the city:using the "real" damaged roads and buildings, or at the centre which is recreated settings.

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At the end of the walk, a souvenir shop will be there to sell earthquake-related items.

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Bricks from damaged/demolished historic and/or famous buildings will be good souvenir. Like the bricks from Berlin Wall.

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Earthquake was a tragedy and undesirable event; it destroyed our city.

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But Christchurch is almost only one city that had two big earthquakes in 6 months time.This is very rare and unique-Christchurch is now famous for earthquake. Then why don't we use the "fame" as an opportunity to make people come again?

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category: Business

votes: 5

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by: Harry Brown

submitted: 2011-03-22 21:06:24

title: re-housing

description: Remove the glass eating, poison pumping Ravendown Plant at Hornby to a remote destination and replace the factory with new non polluting housing.

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Similar thoughts emailed to Ruth Dyson now waiting for her reply

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category: Housing

votes: 0

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by: Phil Holdstock

submitted: 2011-03-23 03:55:48

title: Light Rail Links

description: Opportunity to et-up lioght rail links between suburbs and outerlying areas of Christchurch integrating in wit the Innercity Trams

category: Transport/Roading

votes: 16

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by: Claudia Kleinheinz

submitted: 2011-03-24 06:57:36

title: charity art auction

description: Hi everybody,

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I hope its ok to place this message here. I'm an artist and animator currently living in Auckland and when I heard about the destruction caused by the earthquake in Christchurch I decided to set up a charity art auction to help those affected by its consequences. Many great artists from all over the world donated artworks including Disney and Pixar designers, illustrators, cartoonists and classical painters. All money raised by the auction will be donated to the Red Cross earthquake appeal.

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However this can only work if enough people are willing to bid on these items, so I post this here to raise attention. Please check the auction, I'm convinced that we managed to create a great collection of art pieces where everybody should be able to find something that suits their taste. Also please spread the word and let people know who might be interested in buying some great art while at the same time helping those that suffered so much. Thank you for your support.

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Here is the link to the auction:

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www.art-for-christchurch-auction.co.nz

category: General

votes: 0

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by: Scott Menzies

submitted: 2011-03-25 19:55:13

title: A greener Garden City

description: Many residential streetscapes in Christchurch are dominated by high fences, often of a forbidding appearance. How about the City Council encourages the replacment of these fences with hedges or bushes that provide the same degree of privacy but make an immensely more attractive, green, parklike contribution to our streetscapes? A suitable promotional campaign could be put in place.

category: General

votes: 10

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by: Christie Barrett

submitted: 2011-03-25 20:00:15

title: An historic 'old city' in the style of San Sebastian or Dubrovnik

description: My idea for Christchurch stems from European travel and how some major cities there have developed.  I think that businesses would do well to have a 'business district' style area built, starting now, on spare land maybe near the airport.  Think Canary Wharf in London, with a high speed light rail connecting it to the city. 

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Cafes, shops, bars and other retail and social ventures could be rebuilt in small, funky hubs around the edges of the CBD and into the suburbs - possibly in a regeneration of the old school 'corner shops' areas.  Think Melbourne where you have the choice of Brunswick Street, Sydney Road, St Kilda, Armadale High St, Northcote and many more well connected, cool hubs to visit. 

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As for the CBD - as it is assessed and demolition and restoration work is slowly completed, it could be earmarked to be made into Christchurch's 'old city'.  Many cities around the world have this type of plan working well for them, and it serves as a tourist area, a historic mark of the old style of how Christchurch was.  Once up and running this area too would want to contain cafes and resturants, all set within the historically restored city, designed so patrons can amble from landmark to cafe, ride the tram, view earthquake memorial information and visit places that will still exist like the Arts Centre, Museum and Cathedral. 

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Rebuilding should also focus on sustainability - and as other people have suggested, we can now make ourselves the Sustainability capital of the world.  Christchurch was well on the way to doing this prior to the quakes, and the need for large scale rebuilding also presents the opportunity for a totally green code.

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This is Christchurch's chance to look towards the future, to rebuild in a style that we want and choose for ourselves and for the rest of the world to be part of.  We are sure on the map now, and the future will bring many interested tourists, curious to see what we have done. 

category: General

votes: 38

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by: Tom Taylor

submitted: 2011-03-25 21:37:06

title: Storm water management - sustainable urban drainage systems

description: Pollution and high flows from storm water (rain runoff) can be minimised by a sustainable urban drainage system (SUDS) using techniques like green roofs, rainwater harvesting for flushing toilets and garden watering and minimising impervious areas by e.g. porous surfaces in carparks.  I would add cutting out dual carriageways in subdivisions. The UK Environment Agencies have a good introduction to SUDS at http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/static/documents/Leisure/GEHO0308BNSS-e-e.pdf.  

category: General

votes: 16

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by: Campbell Young

submitted: 2011-03-25 22:30:50

title: clean green NZ a reality not green wash

description: http://www.zeitnews.org/applied-sciences/carbon-scrubbing-artificial-trees-for-boston-city-streets.html

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category: General

votes: 0

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by: Tracy Tuschling

submitted: 2011-03-26 19:23:26

title: Relocating University - instant population for CBD

description: I should imagine that for a whole load of reasons this may not be a popular idea, but as a student at UC who came from the UK 2 years ago, one of the things that both struck me and surprised me was that the University was no longer in the city. Most university cities in Britain (well, at least the ones I know of) built up around the University itself and grew and developed as a result of a constant stream of students year on year. Students, whilst far from being rich, have a need for food, drink (!), accommodation and entertainment, which can provide local businesses and economies with much needed cash. The City is in need of vibrant people living, working and socialising within it to be successful. Granted, Christchurch has (certainly until now) had a high level of tourism, but this is at its' peak during the summer - the time when students tend to leave their Uni town to visit home. Tourists in summer - students the rest of the year.

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I firmly believe that any city needs people actually LIVING within it to be vibrant and successful, and I think that if Christchurch 'sprawls' out further as a result of building on the outskirts, the city will no longer be recognisable as a true city. In Manchester in the UK in the 1980's, much of the city centre was made up of old, tired, industrial buildings and abandoned business properties. There was a drive to redress this in order to bring people back into the city to live - and it worked.

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Cities need people living - not just working - within them to 'feel' good and to be a city in the true sense.

category: General

votes: 5

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by: Kaya Tuschling

submitted: 2011-03-26 19:41:50

title: Christchurch Museum Exhibit

description: In the Canterbury Museum, we could have a permanent exhibit, the main attraction of which could be a book of people's stories and photos, from the news, Facebook, etc.

category: General

votes: 5

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by: Ian Stansfield

submitted: 2011-03-28 00:32:36

title: Businesses That Need Urgent Help

description: many businesses, and therefore families and friends, have been badly affected by the recent earthquake... of those affected, a number have already closed down but there is still time to save others.

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Please list any businesses that are struggling on this Facebook  page:

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http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_155642494496185&ap=1

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We will collate all the information and do our best to advertise, market and support these businesses.

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category: Business

votes: 11

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by: Steve Miles

submitted: 2011-03-28 01:33:43

title: Get the basics right.

description: Basic First Principal: A city happens because people get together to interact economically and socially.  Multiple interactions also means they need to circulate.

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Use this as the organising framework for rejuvenating the city.  Mistakes made by the with the out of town shopping malls violated this first principle and the city has been struggling to adapt since.

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Refer to the development strategy to understand what activities drive the economy of the city.  With any luck it should also identify secondary economic activities that rely on primary activities for their existence.

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Refer to the transport strategy to understand how the infrastructure (roads, rail etc) support the primary economic drivers. 

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Whatever the new city becomes spatially, its important that the economic activities are supported by solid transport connections either within the city or from outside.  Workers need to get in, products need to get out.

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Given that subsidence is a problem, it would be a mistake to put a primary economic activity in an area where it could be vulnerable. 

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Its also important to identify any specific spatial requirements needed by the primary economic activities, for example if big box retail was a primary economic activity, it would need development sites of a minimum size.  So map the areas of subsidence and put the primary economic activities where they are going to be most resilient and there is potentially room to grow or expand in the future.

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Areas of public space then need to be woven into the fabric of activities like a golden yarn in a tapestry.

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Christchurch as a city has the potential to learn from past mistakes.

category: General

votes: 5

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by: Anne Cormack

submitted: 2011-03-28 08:57:41

title: A way to keep heritage buildings that won't endanger public safety.

description: I have been hearing different opinions from people some wanting the hertiage buildings kept and others who say they must go as they are a danger to the public. My personal thoughts are why cant a compromise be met.

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I agree fully that public safety is the the most important consideration and heritage second but can understand the importance of heritage as well. Once all the old buildings are gone the heritage of the city is lost forever and that is really sad in itself.

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My thought is why can't some of the main historical buildings that cannot be made safe or have collapsed beyond repair be made into ruins on their current sites. (I am not talking all old buildings just the most important ones to the history of the city).

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Sure this would mean pulling the parts down that are a danger and reinforcing and strengthening what is left. Height restrictions would be necessary and in some cases no roofs or even very little of them left.

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Other countries have cities with ancient ruins and it adds to their rich history something thay NZ being a relatively new country in comparrison doesnt have alot of.

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I think done in the right way this could enrich the heritage of Christchurch. Each ruin could be walked through safely and information, history and photos in enclosed cases telling visitors all about the site.

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I realise for some in our lifetime this could be a sad remimder of what has happened but as tragic and awlful as it is the earthquake is a part of history now as well.

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The new city could still be built around these ruins without all the heritage being lost and some of the old Christchurch would always be there for future generations to see.  I beleive done properly these ruins would be a great tourist attraction in future years.

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My thoughts for this come from beleiving that these old buildings are a danger to people and safety has to come first, but also thinking how sad it would be to lose the hertiage of these old building that have always been a part of Christchurch if it can be avoided.

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If other places in the world had demolished all their old ruins to make room for the new then they wouldn't have the rich history available for people to see today. Why shouldn't Christchurch's heritage be given the same respect if it can be done in a way that there is no threat the people's safety.

category: Heritage

votes: 22

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by: Daniel Knowles

submitted: 2011-03-29 01:56:31

title: ULTra PRT - newest method for transit around the CBD and suburbs.

description: Right now Heathrow Airport is building the world's first PRT (personal rapid transit). ULTra stands for Ultra Light Transit.

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The idea is to have many automated family-sized cars that can easily move around the city up high above the road.

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Here are a list of benefits taken from the official website:

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- Low capital and operational costs

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- Flexible routing

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- 24-hour availability

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- On-demand service, with no transfers

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- Greater privacy

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- Zero on-site emissions

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- Extremely low overall energy use

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- Minimal visual and acoustic impacts

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On top of this, the tracks can be extended out to the far reaches of the city, New Brighton, Sumner, the Airport, perhaps one day as far as Pegasus Town. This will totally open up the city from one side to the other, and I think we all know, New Brighton is in dire need of opening up.

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I believe this will free up the increasing traffic congestion happening in the city, especially with all the buses we have passing through the center now, making it noisy, inconvenient and generally unappealing.

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The ULTra system can solve every problem in one hit and allow Christchurch to grow significantly by opening up each end of the city.

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Please watch this video to get an idea of how it works: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PyUQuWmt2M

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Here is the offical website: http://www.ultraprt.com/

category: Transport/Roading

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by: Sharon Powe

submitted: 2011-03-29 21:52:33

title: i started this page ....

description: http://www.facebook.com/soggyfruitloop/posts/193256227379234?ref=notif&notif_t=share_comment#!/home.php?sk=group_180077998703196&ap=1

category: General

votes: 5

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by: William Hughes-Games

submitted: 2011-03-30 22:18:51

title: Floating Foundations

description: For houses that must be rebuilt put in floating foundations instead of piles.  A floating foundation is a reinforced, cast cement slab with built in beams underneath it.  slab and beams are cast in one pour.  An earthquake can tilt such a slab but it remains intact and the house doesn't break.  No liquifaction comes up through a floating foundation.

category: Housing

votes: -6

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by: William Hughes-Games

submitted: 2011-03-30 22:25:10

title: Water Heaters

description: It would be a shame not to incorporated solar water heating into any house that must be rebuilt or reroofed.  Think of the economy of scale when ordering such units in bulk and the benefit of having hot water if any disaster takes out our electricity supply in the future.  About a third of the electrical costs of a house are for water heating.

category: Housing

votes: 5

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by: William Hughes-Games

submitted: 2011-03-30 22:30:18

title: House roofing

description: Houses which must be re-roofed or rebuilt should only have long run.  Long run is light, needing lighter framing and it holds the roof together like a gusset.  It also bridges if the whole building comes down leaving survival space under it.  Even metal tiles should be avoided.  They are heavier than long run and do not provide the gusset type strengthening of the roof.

category: Housing

votes: 11

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by: Oneder Macdiarmid

submitted: 2011-03-31 01:30:56

title: A whole new meaning to "Community Garden"

description: I really want to see a community garden built using the plants left standing from the homes that have been demolished. Instead of writing the species names on the plaques, I think they should show the address of the house where each plant came from, as a memorial.

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category: General

votes: 0

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by: LIS jOHNSTON

submitted: 2011-03-31 22:31:03

title: Beautiful Garden City

description: It would be great to have a garden corridor right around the inner central city which could be accessed by walkers and cyclists.  Let's make the new Christchurch a true garden city with plenty of trees (native ones would drop fewer leaves) and make it user friendly to walkers and cyclists.

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Put new life into the inner city by creating interesting apartment living above or within shopping areas.

category: General

votes: 5

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by: Andrew Olsen

submitted: 2011-03-31 22:56:12

title: Rebuilding Christchurch Homes with Lifemark

description: As planning gets underway for one of the most ambitious re-development projects this country has ever seen, it’s a great opportunity to rebuild a city with housing stock designed to cater for the future and our changing needs.

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It’s no secret that our population is aging; by 2030, nearly a third of people will be over 65. It’s also a fact that our aging population demands we place a greater focus on building homes accessible for all.

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Right now fewer than 2% of New Zealand’s houses are built to accommodate the needs of all Kiwis. What’s more, we are currently spending millions of dollars each year retrofitting homes so people can stay in them.

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Obviously for Christchurch, timing is of the essence with new housing needed as quickly as possible for the many thousands of people who’ve lost their home. So we should seize the opportunity to build homes aligned with lifetime design principles.

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Long-term planning will be crucial if we’re to avoid the pitfalls of previous generations when homes were built for their needs of the day, not the future.

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That’s why the likes of adaptability and accessibility must be included on the shopping list for new homes in Christchurch - and this can be done by adopting the Lifemark in all rebuilds in Christchurch. Visit www.lifemark.co.nz

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category: Housing

votes: 21

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by: Te Wharau

submitted: 2011-04-01 00:34:47

title: Let building owners rebuild with flexibility instead of compromise

description: As an owner of (partially deconstructed and approved for demolition) commercial buildings in the Red Zone, I want to get my tenants back in business as quickly as possible.  However, if we have to wait until everyone agrees on an "architectural facade" or "design controls" for the rebuild, we may never get started.

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I don't want to rebuild an ugly city, but I also don't want to foot the bill (and have to charge higher rents) for a stone Neo-Gothic or Wavy Glass facade that some unseen heritage committee or design guru has decided my (and everyone else's) buildings should have.

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Of course, design controls without specifics about building materials could stipulate the approved shapes of inevitable tilt-slab facades with obvious choices: Cathedral spires, ANZ Domes, and Art Centre gable ends with round windows.  Very affordable, but the CBD would end up looking like a themed industrial park.

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So how can we banish ugliness without slowing down CBD recovery or bankrupting rebuilders?  Simple.  Let building owners rebuild with their favorite affordable materials, but make sure that the new buildings are designed to accept a new facade in the future.  This way we don't have to make the decisions now, but we don't have to settle for a compromise in the long term.

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category: General

votes: -6

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by: Greg Cole

submitted: 2011-04-01 16:22:46

title: Rejuvenated role for Sydenham

description: We have an amazing opportunity to reshape some of the suburbs close to the CBD and Sydenham is a perfect example. A mix of residential and commercial living arrangements could make this suburb one of the most interesting places in Christchurch to live and work. Cafes, restaurants and markets would create an interesting draw card for tourists and locals alike. This is particularly so if you consider how close Sydenham is to the CBD and it's position on Colombo Street (link it in with a new rail based transport system??) Some of the interesting features of Melbournes inner city suburb of Brunswick could easily be replicated in Sydenham. A bohemian style mixed in with residential living, cafes etc. Sydenham Square is a large open space begging for use - markets could easily occupy this site at weekends as a place to start. Our council just needs to have the courage to think boldly (after all, it already owns Sydenham Square, doesn't it?)

category: General

votes: 16

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by: Te Wharau

submitted: 2011-04-01 21:05:24

title: A Vibrant CBD should be a place to live, work and play, but what options do we really have?

description: A vibrant CBD is a place for residents, businesses, and leisure/entertainment, but we don't really have a clean slate to work with.

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For argument's sake, let's say that 250 buildings will be demolished, so in their place will be 250 empty sections dotted around the CBD.  The vast majority of this land is already owned by individuals, and they've probably spent the last 6 weeks thinking about what they would like to do with it.

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To make things more complicated, a lot of these sections are as small as 120 square meters, so not very useful for mega-malls or velodromes. Given their small scale, what does the city need in their place?

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Flats:  The city desperately needs places for displaced residents to live as soon as they can be built.  Priority: ASAP

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Office space:  Without tall buildings, the CBD office space is going to be spread across shorter (and smaller) buildings. Priority: ASAP to short term

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Restaurants/Bars:  If the CBD isn't a place to visit in the evening, it will turn into a business ghost town at night. Priority: Medium term

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We build 2 to 3 story buildings that can be used as studio flats or office space in the short term.  However, we should build them so the ground floor can be used for restaurants/bars, or retail when demand returns (and tenants move back to their new homes in the suburbs).

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category: General

votes: 12

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by: Jay Wilson

submitted: 2011-04-02 08:48:17

title: "The Heart Of Christchurch"

description: In the centre of Cathedral Square (the heart of chch), place a monument or memorial that reflects on the heart/spirit of chch and represents everyone in the city who were

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effected by the earthquake. Something historical like the cross from the Cathedral Spire(if it's still intact) or something else should be placed on this memorial. Colours could include red/black - Canterbury. Another idea is that it can be made of glass (reinforced with steel) and symbolises the "new chch". The names of those who perished should be placed on this memorial.

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Build a new tower that watches over the city. Don't think it will fall over in another massive earthquake because tall skyscrapers climbing higher than 500m can withstand earthquakes which topple smaller buildings around it. So even if another one does hit then this tower can be like a symbol of hope or something that will still be standing and lighting up the centre of town at night. (money could be an issue)

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But Im just some guy giving an idea or two, so just think carefully on what chch "will" be looking like in 15-20 years time.

category: General

votes: 0

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by: Laura Scrimgeour

submitted: 2011-04-03 03:50:21

title: A Convenient Truth

description: To all those involved in the design of Christchurch, please take a couple of hours to watch the movie "A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil", especially the section about their innovative bus system that acts like a light rail system (as in it's a bus system that is really fast!). Also of interest would be the section on housing development. The things they have done in Curitiba are truly inspirational, especially given their tiny budget, and a lot of the ideas could be implemented here as well. The DVD is available for order on Amazon.com, and I highly recommend it to everyone who reads this post. Please, if you're involved in the design of Christchurch, take a little time now to see how other city planners have overcome a lot of the same problems you're dealing with and in doing so created a world-class eco city. I guarantee a little time now will save you many headaches in future. There is no point in re-inventing the wheel.

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category: General

votes: 11

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43

by: David Carter

submitted: 2011-04-03 06:16:12

title: Off Road Cycle Lanes!!!!

description: Let's be honest, if you live in Christchurch, you live within 10 km of where you work, which can be a half hour bike ride - or - a half hour wait in traffic.

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By creating off road cycle lanes, that follow popular routes, not only will we have a less congested Christchurch, but we will also be healthier as a people. We would also be a world standard for sustainable transport as there are few major cities in the world that are a) the size of Christchurch, and b) flat like Christchurch.

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For people concerned about the rising cost of fuel, cycling 5 days a week to work will quickly offset the price of a good bike, and if children are (re) shown the use of bikes as transport, they won't need to be dropped off at school by car.

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Off road cycle lanes makes cycling safer, which will get more adults cycling, and prevent them from worrying about their children cycling.

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category: Transport/Roading

votes: 63

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44

by: Dave Sewell

submitted: 2011-04-03 19:22:49

title: Heritage frontages

description: When it comes to the fantastic heritage buildings that the city had, it would be fantastic to rebuild them in the latest hi-tech earthquake proof manor, and then add a fake frontage which is identical to the original. I would assume this could be made out of fibreglass, and hey, Weta Workshops must be the masters in making the fake look real?

category: Heritage

votes: 11

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45

by: Dave Sewell

submitted: 2011-04-03 19:23:36

title: New City Tag Line

description: Today we can build a new tomorrow.

category: General

votes: 5

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46

by: Ray Williams

submitted: 2011-04-03 23:12:28

title: Dedicated cycle lanes

description: What an opportunity to create new and dedicated cycle lanes not attached to roads. People would be able to use them WITHOUT having to wear helmets which would encourage more people to use them.

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Christchurch is the ideal city for this plan being as flat as it is. Think of all the benefits to our city, nil pollution, less noise, no expense to the country to buy expensive petrol, better for our clean air policy, great for peoples health and fitness not to mention the industries/businesses who would benefit from more bikes.

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I am sure people could think of other benefits as well. I know the main reason I don't use a bike much, is because I dont feel safe being so close to traffic. Cheers

category: Transport/Roading

votes: 30

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by: William Hughes-Games

submitted: 2011-04-04 15:28:03

title: Power Lines

description: It is very nice to have underground power lines but not really practical in an earthquake prone country.  Overhead power lines are less expensive to build, easier and quicker to find faults and repair and as a bonus, have less inductive losses.  In a national disaster, having electricity quickly re-established makes up to some extent for the lack of water and sewage.  You can sterilize water, cook food, heat baby formula, heat your house, operate power tools to make repairs and so forth.

category: General

votes: 0

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48

by: William Hughes-Games

submitted: 2011-04-04 15:44:07

title: Electric cars

description: Electric cars will begin to appear on our streets this year.  Advantages of a switch from fossil fuel powered vehicles to electrics are too well known to need rehashing.  Many of our roads will have to be dug up to fix underground cables, water lines and sewage lines.  This is an opportunity to install the necessary power lines to feed car charging parking meters, charging points at businesses and public facilities and battery exchange stations (see Project Better Place).  Let's not have to dig up the roads a second time when we finally decide to install these lines.  Let's do it now, when the roads are already dug up.

category: Transport/Roading

votes: -17

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49

by: Meegan Manuka

submitted: 2011-04-05 23:12:01

title: The Garden City

description: I see a city with green gardens and fruit trees where there was so much death, let it be the birth of new life. these gardens can be staffed either by benificiaries or vollenteers and free food given to christchurch residents who are passing through and are hungry. It will bring down the health bill of christchurch and promote healthy living and nutrition as well as make Christchurch the true garden city

category: General

votes: 12

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by: Marion Peawini

submitted: 2011-04-07 00:50:08

title: Christchurch - green & sustainable

description: Rebuild the GARDEN CITY - with green areas for the workers, visitors and shopping public to enjoy and benefit from - places where we can take a break and have lunch, take time to remember, where we can enjoy our 'garden' city. Garden City has become a branding slogan but citizens struggle to find the 'garden in the city' on a daily basis unless they work/live close to the Botanical gardens!!!!

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Take the stones of our historic buildings and build a memorial wall - with their names as a visual memory to our family members and visitors who lost their lives through the earthquake; a memorial to our history by Including a bronze picture plate of the historic buildings within the wall. surround the plates with the stones taken from each building. I liken this concept to the pathway of the first four ships that came to Canterbury with settlers which was established in the square.

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Keep the level of the city low - let the spire of the cathedrale once again be a beacon to all. I recall being told that no matter where you stood in the city centre, you would never be lost as you could see the spire, and the port hills.

category: General

votes: 12

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51

by: Lauren Gram

submitted: 2011-04-07 07:27:03

title: Copenhagen

description: I think that modelling ideas from Copenhagen for Christchurch would be a really smart step. They are doing/have done some fanstastic things to reduce congestion, produce city flow, encourage active transport, increase the postive feel for the city, reclamation of the street from vechiles for the pedestrian and so much more. Implementation of these initiatives, obviously not move for move; adpation is key, could really push Christchurch into a new realm of transport, public space,crime prevention and city attitudes and social aspects.

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Green, open, connected, visual, relaxed, modern while respecting the past and most of all beautiful.

category: General

votes: 17

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by: Nic Newman

submitted: 2011-04-08 04:05:52

title: wooden churches

description: Rebuild Christchurch churches in wood. Chiloe, in Chile (even more earthquake prone than ChCh) is famous for beautiful wooden churches.

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category: Heritage

votes: 11

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53

by: Shauna Anderson

submitted: 2011-04-08 07:37:22

title: Sumner and Traffic Issues

description: For a long time there has been a congestion issue for commuters travelling from Sumner, Redcliffs, Mt Pleasant into town mainly due to volume of travellers and limitations of the roads.

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Given the causeway looks like its seen better days, perhaps now is the time to drive poles, create a new edge and backfill with all the rubble (putting it to good use).  You could increase the width of the causeway to cater to the traffic coming down from the hills suburbs as well as include the Boardwalk and cycle way that was talked about years ago.  A proper Boardwalk (for runners, walkers, rollerbladers etc) and a cycle way off the road would do alot to promote alternate transport whilst maintaining safety.

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Good use of the rubble, eases traffic congestion, promotes safe cycling and also serves to beautify the drive to the beach for tourists coming to Christchurch.

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category: Transport/Roading

votes: 12

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54

by: Shauna Anderson

submitted: 2011-04-08 07:44:56

title: Sumner Village - create a destination for tourists

description: Given the widespread devastation in Sumner village and bearing in mind this is tourist destination, perhaps this is a time to revamp the village with new seaside village buildings for businesses and cafes as a destination.

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A wider pedestrian access for cafe seating, single lane traffic into and through the village and exiting traffic along the top end of Nayland Street past the Marine Pub creating a loop through the area.

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Perhaps some of the Palm trees from Brighton could be moved to Sumner to make it appear more 'beachy'.  This area needs to be beautified to attract tourists and locals to these businesses.  Afterall tourism is a large part of Chch's economy and current (unfortunately) they are not coming to see the city centre so we need to create new attractions for visitors.

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A bunch of self seeding overgrown weeds along a very poorly paved promenade doesn't attract tourists.

category: Business

votes: 6

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by: Shauna Anderson

submitted: 2011-04-08 07:47:32

title: Rebuild Christchurch - one brick at a time.....

description: Why don't we use the bricks to create something symbolic or memorial of this time.  Rather than disposing of them, could they be used to create a walkway somewhere?  Perhaps the promenade along Sumner Beach or some area that attracts people/tourists.  It could serve as a memorial area/path.  Maybe a dumb idea but it wasn't so long ago that people were paying top dollar for bricks to create gorgeous pathways in gardens.

category: General

votes: 23

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by: Greg Partridge

submitted: 2011-04-09 17:15:26

title: Traffic congestion and protection of Avonside Drive river bank between Fitzgerald Avenue and Woodham Road/Linwood Avenue from futher damage.

description: The intersection of Avonside Drive, Woodham Road and Linwood Avenue was very badly damaged by the September 4th earthquake, so much so that Avonside Drive had to be closed while remedial repairs were completed.

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The repairs at this intersection were further damaged as a result of the February 22nd aftershock.

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In addition to this there are now areas of Avonside Drive between Woodham Road and Fitzgerald Avenue where the road has slumped and where cracks running parallel to the river have appeared in the surface of the road.

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The nearby section of Fitzgerald Avenue, which also runs parallel to the river suffered a catastrophic failure on February 22nd which rendered the north bound lanes totally unusable.  That section of roading had surface cracks in it similar to those now on Avonside Drive which had been patched.  Those same cracks were the exact locations where the catastrophic collapse of the road occurred.

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Given the immediate proximity of Avonside Drive to the river bank, it would be wise at this time for traffic to be minimised to a single east bound lane for light vehicles only.  This would prevent further damage to the road and riverside properties by eliminating the vibration of heavy vehicles and other generally heavy volumes of traffic on this stretch of roading.

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Better yet, all traffic could very easily be permanently diverted onto Gloucester Street from Fitzgerald Avenue, Stanmore Road, Woodham Road and Avonside Drive could then be turned into a cycleway / walkway.

category: Transport/Roading

votes: 17

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by: nod kay

submitted: 2011-04-12 18:01:28

title: Alexander Remizov's Ark

description:  eco-friendly, stylish accommodation for up to 10000, built in 3-4 months

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category: Housing

votes: 0

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by: Kimberley Evans

submitted: 2011-04-13 23:47:32

title: literal urban jungle

description: I would love it if the rebuild of the cbd incorporated ideas involving rooftop and vertical gardens among the cities architecture. Building further on our reputation as the Garden City. Ideas like the plans for a future Paris created by the design firm Castro Denissof Casi or the ideas put forward for the Zorlu Ecocity by the design firm Llewelyn Davies Yeang.

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We have the chance now to lead the world in the instalation of eco-architecture making our city more green and beautiful than ever before.

category: General

votes: 17

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by: Anita McLeod

submitted: 2011-04-14 04:47:18

title: Chch Rebuild Ideas

description: We have such a great opportunity to make Chch an awesome place. Basing it on a city like Melbourne would be a winner. Put a big market in the middle of downtown with local fresh produce and products. Develop a good public transport and roading system. Trams or trains and double lane roads to ease traffic congestion. Green spaces downtown are also another fantastic idea for people to lunch and catch up in. We are the garden city after all!

category: General

votes: 11

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by: james caldwell

submitted: 2011-04-17 22:56:18

title: Know a struggling business (owner)?

description: This is an unashamed plug for Business Mentors NZ. This organisation provides a mentors to help business people though tough times like these.

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Being in business can be lonely, at at times like these stressful. Some times a sympathetic business ear can go along way. 

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Often looking from a different perspective on problems can identify new solutions.

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Perhaps what is needed is help outside the business owners normal network of contacts.

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Mentors can provide all these.

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So if you need help - or know someone who does - don't be shy in putting your hand up for some help. Check out http://www.businessmentors.org.nz or call 0800 209 209.

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category: General

votes: 0

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by: Chris Watson

submitted: 2011-04-18 13:29:32

title: Brick Structures

description: Questions:

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What did New Zealanders learn about brick buildings in the 1931 Napier earthquake?

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What did New Zealanders learn about brick buildings in the 1942 Wellington earthquake? What did New Zealanders learn about brick buildings in the 2010 Christchurch earthquake? What did New Zealanders learn about brick buildings in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake? Why does the government allow people to inhabit unreinforced brick buildings in Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Auckland and elsewhere?

category: General

votes: 0

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by: Bernard Jennings

submitted: 2011-04-18 21:35:21

title: Reducing the need to commute

description: Consider a strategy that reduces the need for the daily commute. The answer is to either move people closer to where they work or work closer to where people live. The former could be via planning incentives to encourage building owners to have a mix of residential and office floors. The latter is something similar two other suggestions I've made; or better use of technology vis-a-vis Telecom's pilot of people in Chch working from home - this doesn't need to wait for ultra-fast-broadband either.

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category: Transport/Roading

votes: 12

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by: Bernard Jennings

submitted: 2011-04-18 21:37:17

title: Better use of school buildings to reduce the need for the daily commute

description: Consider planning changes that would allow additional floors to be built above schools when they are built or rennovated. These floors could then be occupied by public or private sector workers. There may even be interest from the private sector to build and own such buildings. Upper floors could be occupied by workers, lower floors by the school. If playground noise was an issue, the building could be split with the school floors facing the playground and the office floors facing the road or car-park; or just a solid or double-glazed wall on the upper office floors. The idea also fits in with a suggest I've made to reduce the need to commute.

category: Transport/Roading

votes: 11

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by: Bernard Jennings

submitted: 2011-04-18 21:38:14

title: Better use of sports-grounds

description: Locate schools next to local authority parks or sports-grounds. Most sports-grounds and parks are under-used during school hours or are not used.

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category: General

votes: 6

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by: Bernard Jennings

submitted: 2011-04-18 21:39:34

title: Better use of sports-grounds

description: Locate schools next to local authority parks or sports-grounds. Most sports-grounds and parks are under-used during school hours or are not used.

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category: General

votes: 0

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by: Bernard Jennings

submitted: 2011-04-18 21:45:19

title: Reducing the need to commute - part 2

description: Consider where local authority staff who work in the CBD come from and then look at relocating them to "local authority centres" in their area. For example if there are significant groups of workers from the south and north then there would likely be a benefit-cost case to relocate significant numbers from these areas to a centre in the south and north of Christchurch.

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1.  Reduces the amount of time people spend travelling to and from their place of work, ie. saves petrol, reduces load on and need for additional public transport, road wear and tear, etc.

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4.  Possible reduction in property costs, ie. rentals are likely to be cheaper in areas outside the CBD.

category: Transport/Roading

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by: Theo Stewart

submitted: 2011-04-19 08:15:54

title: Vertical Farms

description: Although this building type is so far only in concept there are so many reasons why they would make ideal buildings (especially of mixed use type) for a future proofed rebuild of a city.

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I envisage that aside from the environmental & social & physical health benefits afforded to the people & planet living within & impacted on by the city, there are possible cultural health benefits also.

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category: General

votes: 11

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by: John Leonard

submitted: 2011-04-20 21:44:24

title: Real scale map

description: Tether large 'beacons' (like weather balloons) to each demolition site, high up into the sky so they could be visible from most parts of the city. These would populate the sky and form a 'real scale map' of the 'lost sites'. Then, set aside a night for a release where the 'lanterns' are let go into the night sky. discuss further on;

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category: General

votes: 0

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by: Jane Pearce

submitted: 2011-04-21 09:35:41

title: Sustainable homes - interested?

description: My partner and I are interested in building a sustainable home in Christchurch.

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We would like to at least meet, or team up (possibly even to form a community project) with people to share information, find ways to reduce costs and resources, etc.

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Whilst we ourselves take a scientific perspective and would like to meet those with a similar stance, we are also interested to hear other people's points of view.

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category: Housing

votes: 23

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by: Jens Zollhoefer

submitted: 2011-04-22 17:10:25

title: Memorial Lane

description: Convert Colombo Street south of the Square into a brick-lined Memorial Street/pedestrian zone, similar to the revamped Cashel Mall before the 22 February earthquake. Recycled red bricks used for landscaping and pavers!

category: General

votes: 45

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by: Jens Zollhoefer

submitted: 2011-04-22 17:21:25

title: Teufelsberg

description: After the second World War, the allies built an 80 meter high Teufelsberg from the rubble of an estimated 400 000 destroyed houses. Luckily, we don't have 400 000 destroyed houses, but probably enough rubble to form a, say 40 m high Memorial Hill near the CBD, landscape it, and create a park with a view! Instead of carting the rubble to a landfill, it could create a park with a sense of space and time.

category: General

votes: 11

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by: John Milligan

submitted: 2011-04-25 11:03:47

title: It's All About Leadership

description: Today we really can build a new tomorrow – it’s all about Leadership!

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“At 4:35am on September the 4th Christchurch was woken by a huge 7.1 magnitude earthquake, causing buildings to collapse, roads to crack and power and water outages right throughout Christchurch and neighboring area.

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While we were rebuilding we were hit again on February 22nd at 12:51pm by a 6.3 far more damaging aftershock which has broken the heart of our city. This quake caused multiple deaths, widespread catastrophic damage to the entire city and major disruption to everything.

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Our city is hurting, its broken and suffering. We all need to work together as a community to rebuild. Let it begin here.”     www.rebuildingchristchurch.co.nz

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It is in times like these that the true spirit of New Zealand drives through. Kiwis, whether feet-on-the-ground in Christchurch; looking on from the North Island; or overseas hanging on every morsel of information we can gather, all share the same resiliency, support and unity.

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I realize that there will no doubt be many who will say – or think, that not being in the centre of the situation is easy or easier to make suggestions or even provide some thought ideas. For this I can make no apology except to say that so often it is tough to bear a remote pain yet be able to provide an often clearer, somewhat more pragmatic vision being somewhat removed.

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Christchurch has the exceptional and exciting opportunity to become a leader amongst green, sustainable world cities standing alongside Melbourne, Bogota and Denver CO. The opportunity is within grasp - Let it begin here!

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Establish ‘GreenPrint Christchurch’

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GreenPrint Christchurch will become the roadmap to follow as we rebuild our beloved Christchurch into a sustainable city that promises a healthy, culturally vibrant community with economic opportunity for everyone – now, and in the future.

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Through Greenprint Christchurch, a network of businesses, the University and other educational institutions, NGO’s and relevant council and government agencies may be formed to assist one another with strategies to pursue a regional interest in sustainable development; to explore increased opportunities within the community; and to identify opportunities in national and international markets where green businesses are emerging as the new standard.  This can all be handled alongside of CERA.

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A city that does not consider how its actions will affect future residents is one that will certainly perish, but a city that adopts sustainable practices builds a foundation for a stronger economy today and retains a long-term advantage.

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Building a thriving and prosperous Environment

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The City of Christchurch should aim to cultivate a thriving local environment that stimulates a balanced growth through job creation, business assistance, development of a skilled workforce, green-space and neighborhood redevelopment and varying housing options.

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This growth cannot come at the expense of the needs of future residents, however. Being a sustainable city means that members of our community are able to meet their needs and express their greatest potential today without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same. This collaboration is an essential ingredient for the future.

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Creating new jobs in new markets is a key economic factor. New technologies are now making integrated approaches to sustainable development economically viable and NZ is in the forefront of their adoption. Investing in green industries will lead to economic growth while at the same time reducing pressures on the environment and introducing new employment and training opportunities.

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Constructing green-built facilities and housing is an ideal way to realize lasting economic benefits. Green details can produce savings for property owners as well as tenants. By emphasizing cleaner air, natural light and other amenities, green buildings can cut tenant or employee turnover and absenteeism, and reduce overhead costs for heating, cooling, electricity and lighting. It can also stimulate a potential skilled workforce.

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Some further thought ‘sparks’

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Community Conservation Gardens

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Initiate a program to heighten public awareness of and an interest in landscape water conservation by planting water-wise Community Conservation Gardens at public buildings around the city. The already suggested plan of an International Garden/Flower Show would make an ideal complement.

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Decreasing Energy Demands and Improving Air Quality

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There is an acknowledged widespread scientific consensus that global climate change is a long-term problem and its economic, social and environmental impacts may take years to fully unfold.

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Even as the impacts of this change are still being understood, it is clear that good government requires that we address and manage the risk of potential impacts through our immediate actions wherever possible.

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There is likewise consensus that slowing or reversing human contributions to greenhouse gas may take decades, even with immediate and aggressive actions by people worldwide.

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We need to start now!

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Renewable Energy Projects

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With a mean average of 2,100 hours bright sunshine annually, Christchurch is an ideal environment for sun-powered energy systems.

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Our wind-swept hills and plains offer a vast potential energy source.

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What a way to help lay the foundation for our region’s new energy economy!

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Landfill Gas-to-Energy Plant

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I have little knowledge of this but have gleaned the following facts: Landfill gas consists of approximately 50 percent methane, 50 percent carbon dioxide, and trace amounts of other gases. It is produced from the normal decomposition of organic matter. Some current comparative sized city installations are reportedly producing sufficient energy for about 3,000 homes! This beneficial use of landfill gas reduces the greenhouse gases produced at a coal-fired power plant through indirect offsets, and similarly reduce other air pollution emissions.

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The Need for Leadership

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Although it is hard to recognize at the time, a crisis provides a unique opportunity to create transformative change There have been many examples of this in the business world – so why not for a city?

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In spite of all the good intentions and ideas that have been promulgated, the Christchurch scenario is tough and a tough market such as the one facing Christchurch will require solid leaders and solid leadership. Although so often a cliché, it is nevertheless true that when the pressure is on – the true leaders emerge. We have already seen some, but so many more in many disciplines will be required to let the city revision, rebuild and rise.

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It will require leaders to step up and become true team players, pulling together. This will be no easy task. It will require a superior level of commitment, maturity and resilience to the pressures of being pulled in many directions by government and the community. It will be a time for both business and political leaders to set aside their individual and personal goals and work together.

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It will require leaders who are able to rethink strategies; shed weaknesses; and develop timely, realistic and rigorous plans.

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It will require leaders who are confident in their abilities; confident in acknowledging their limits; sufficiently confident to listen and are prepared to compromise for the good of the city and the communities they serve.

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It will require leaders who are able to be visionaries – to be able to both understand  the vision, focus and enable it.

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It will require leaders who recognize that time is of the essence  …  …  and that the time is now!

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And above all, Christchurch will require leaders that are passionate about using their talents to make a difference!

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So, how about it?  Why not  …  …  let it begin here!

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© John Milligan The Verge Group 2011

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John Milligan is a Cantabrian currently based in Cambridge WI USA as CEO of The Verge Group www.vegecenters.com  John visited Christchurch last December/January. His daughter’s family home in Kairaki is yellow stickered after September 4th.

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category: General

votes: 56

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by: Melissa Peters

submitted: 2011-04-26 04:42:16

title: theme park!

description: it would be great make christchurch people happy and tourists!! :D and have a earthquake ride ;)

category: General

votes: -16

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by: Gia Romano

submitted: 2011-04-28 01:25:23

title: Create a city that is diverse for the urban dweller and suburbanites

description: I am not sure if any of you guys have been to Denver, Colorado, but they have had an 8 year redevelopment plan revitalising the city centre and it is FANTASTIC. I grew up here and revisited recently and could stop raving about this transformation. There is a business, restaurant/fine dining, sports arenas, baseball stadiums, shopping and warehouse lofts for urbanites ALL connected with a free tram down the center of town as the amenities are all within walking distance of each other. I URGE you to view the website and visit denver (at least in google earth!!) website is: http://www.renewdenver.org/

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category: General

votes: 44

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by: Matt Jackson

submitted: 2011-04-28 18:57:53

title: Combined community heating

description: Christchurch has an opportunity to now harness new technologies for providing comboned heating sources - community heating plants to significantly reduce energy consumption and running costs for building owners, buildings are still metered but neednt use valuable space nor expense on plant rooms etc. This is becoming the norm of conversation across Europe and UK to significantly reduce carbon and lower energy costs to the end user. Biomass wood chip community heating systems, will assist ChCh to avoid those low hanging smog days, some excellent opportunites now exist, its up to those driving infrastructure to now harness this.So heres the real question...are we prepared to really become that clean green NZ?....

category: General

votes: 22

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by: Hamish Duff

submitted: 2011-04-28 23:44:31

title: Green spaces, not carparks

description: There is no doubt that the re-build of the CBD will take years (if at all).

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It is clear that we still only have a partial view of the extent of the building demolition to come, however even now there are going to be extensive spaces left empty.

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My plea is for these spaces to be turned into temporary greens spaces or parks, rather than simply being gravelled and turned into carparks.

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Green spaces will encourage people to return to the city centre, will provide places continue to build the community spirit, and will reinforce the "Garden City" image - as several folks have already suggested. The benefits of this strategy (even if temporary) to the Christchurch brand will be significant.

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category: General

votes: 11

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by: Deon Swiggs

submitted: 2011-04-29 06:32:34

title: From the CBD to the suburbs

description: Since the February Earthquake there has been a forced exodus from the CBD area for the thousands of people who worked there. People are working from home, businesses have relocated or sharing space with other businesses. The whole dynamics of the city have changed. This opens up some ideas.

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The CBD area is going to change for ever. At the moment Christchurch seems to be kind of coping without the central part of the CBD which in itself proves something. Yes outer roads are clogged but this is also a godsend for Christchurch. We are now seeing the problems that we would have faced in 10 or 30 years when the city grew and the suburbs grew to the numbers they are catering for now.

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We are blessed that we can see a working model of what might happen in the future so that transport and infrastructure can be planned and worked around this for the current suburbs and the new ones that are surely going to come from this earthquake and natural growth.

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The CBD can become an area that has a dense office area, or even start the beginnings of some high tech industry. Within the dense office area the CBD can with the loss of so many buildings also be very largely populated with open green spaces. This will give the sense in the CBD area of openness.

category: General

votes: 11

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by: Dylan Lange

submitted: 2011-04-29 08:01:30

title: Trams  + Light rail

description: Trams should be used as the primary transport within the 4 Avenues connecting to 4 transport interchanges at each corner of the CBD catering for Trams, Light rail and bus. Light rail should replace current bus routes where possible and no buses should go within the 4 Avenues.

category: Transport/Roading

votes: 22

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by: Di Lucas

submitted: 2011-05-01 20:10:07

title: landscape architect

description: We need to inspire with common sense plus the x-factor. Trying to make a start, see at www.lucas-associates.co.nz . Di

category: General

votes: 0

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by: Matthew McDonald

submitted: 2011-05-02 19:39:22

title: lets re-build on the garden city idea...

description: I'm no expert on developing spaces for people to work, live and play... but i know of someone that is... we need to be talking to this man, http://www.thevenusproject.com/en/jacque-fresco ... jacque fresco is a social engineer and industrial designer... we can all agree that Christchurch is unique because of the fact that it is the "Garden city" and we all enjoy the public spaces such as the parks, rivers and the cathedral square etc etc... but what if we could take that idea further and improve on the public spaces by including more modern design concepts and better technologies... if you agree, please take a quick look at this site

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we could catch up to other parts of the world that incorporate modern design and sustainable structures, that are safer and cleaner than our current model.

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thank you.

category: General

votes: 22

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by: Jess Macfarlane

submitted: 2011-05-02 19:45:33

title: Create Kakariki habitat & Keep the Trees

description: If we have to lose neighbourhoods because of liquifaction, lets keep some of the trees, native or introduced as a memory of the gardens residents have worked so hard to establish. These trees act as landmarks reminding people what things used to be like and where things were. We could also establish a protected area of habitat for the Kakariki - our native parrot which used to live in Canterbury. It would be great to have it back in the city - we could bring back something really precious we lost long ago.

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A wild orchard of mixed species could also be established that people and birds could enjoy. Wild organic orchard produce could be sold too, and we could re-learn about edible natives. Hives could be established and honey marketed also. A mix of species from NZ and abroad would also reflect the mix of people that now live in CHCH. We could make it a really beautiful place.

category: General

votes: 0

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by: Richard Egden

submitted: 2011-05-03 05:03:43

title: Public Transport Network the key.

description: Christchurch has an opportunity like no other city ever gets. That is to be able to start with a clean slate and correct the wrongs of the past.  Lets face it the CBD was in decline long before the earthquakes. The key to redeveloping the central city is to get people quickly and cheaply into the area and out again. Business and consumers alike will be attracted there if it is cheaper, faster and more convenient to get there than it is to drive to a suburban mall. There needs to be a bold strategy that looks 50 – 100 years ahead so that it doesn’t become obsolete as have existing transit systems. A goal of a sub 15 minute travel time (city fringe to CBD) for less than $5 a day for ticketing is realistic and achievable. Without being a burden on the rate payer.

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Bus rapid transit is quickly growing popularity around the world for its cost effectiveness, speed and ability to shift large numbers of people cheaply and make a profit in the process. It is the only viable option for Christchurch. For those that have not heard of it go to these links.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZl1N6bTp_M

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LEtf32Bu3Y&feature=related

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxmqyF5M_rw

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Basically it operates like an overground subway that uses extended buses in dedicated lanes in the middle of the road that stop at stations (Not at all like the existing ineffectual bus lanes where they still fight the traffic etc). There is no checking of tickets by the conductor or paying for tickets on the bus. This is all done in the station. Entry and exit points on the buses are at teh same level as the station making it quick and easy to embark/disembark. The buses can be synchronised with traffic lights so there is no stopping. All these factors combine to make it very rapid indeed. Buses can be extended with an extra carriage or two and can carry upwards of 200 people at a time.  It is far less expensive to build than light rail, is cheaper to run (therefore cheaper tickets) and is just as fast if not faster. This system can easily be applied to the main arterial routes into the city such as Belfast to CBD, Airport to CBD and so on, with a route running around the avenues and with a couple dissecting the CBD.

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Having travelled on one of these systems in Bogota I know first hand how efficient it is. It must be implemented in Christchurch for the sake of our city.

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category: Transport/Roading

votes: 55

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by: Rachel Gillard-Tew

submitted: 2011-05-04 02:53:44

title: Bridges of Remembrance

description: I looked at a photo of the bridge of remembrance standing tall and strong and thought wouldn't it look amazing if on the other side of the mall there was another bridge of remembrance for the earthquake. And in between, an avenue of small trees, one for each quake victim and a brick walkway between each bridge.

category: General

votes: 22

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by: Mardi Muirson

submitted: 2011-05-04 08:45:00

title: Out of the Rubble

description: Just a general thought, to build something constructive out of the rubble.

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category: General

votes: 11

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85

by: Tom Williams

submitted: 2011-05-05 03:25:39

title: It's time to create a city with a vision

description: in rebuilding, we need to have a strong vision about what we want Christchurch to be, this vision should also be how we market our city on the world stage. failing to have a strong vision when rebuilding will result in haphazard architecture and ultimately the death of the CBD. We have always been known as the garden city and although this has been an ok vision in the past it is a little dated.

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for me a a garden city is just that, a city within an garden; think parks, tree lined avenues to draw people in, vertical gardens on the facades of buildings http://pingmag.jp/2006/12/08/vertical-garden-the-art-of-organic-architecture/ and green roofs.

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If it is time to give the garden city image the boot, consider:

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1. Cycle capital of the world.  Unless you have had your head stuck in the sand for a while you'll have noticed that cycling is back in and in fact it is becoming cool! (again).

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Christchurch is ideally suited to the bike; it's flat, compact (most things are with in the magic 5km circle and our weather is pretty good most of the time. cycling is also great on your health, wallet, mother earth and it has been proven that an increase in cycling is good for businesses.

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2. Sustainable. Lets go green in a BIG way, announce to the world that we are a green city and proud of it. being sustainable is all about our interaction with nature and how we relate to the environment. is it a place out there? where we go camping or is it a part of our city ? being a sustainable city means more than recycling bins and driving less, however it is still easy to do. being sustainable means energy efficient buildings, growing produce close to the city, leaving the car at home and biking, walking, skipping to work etc.

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the earthquake has given us an opportunity, an opportunity to rebuild a wicked city with a strong vision about what it is and what it's inhabitants stand for, to leave this opportunity is plan old stupid and is admitting defeat to Bob and Gerry.

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I for one wont let this happen, is any one else with me?

category: General

votes: 0

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by: Tim Bayley

submitted: 2011-05-05 06:51:49

title: The New Eco European Christchurch

description: Tim here from Nelson- here is something I thought you might be interested in for the ChCh rebuild

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I originally came from out on the spit on Lake Ellesmere but grew up  in ChCh at boarding school in the 60's and at U of C in the early '70 where I got a BE in Civil Engineering .... most of my family are still in ChCh and area and have all come through the earthquake OK .... very lucky

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It has been so sad to see the old town reduced to such a state and the great loss of life that has touched us all ...

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I do hope they take a sensible approach to the rebuilt of Christchurch

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It needs to be light , strong low rise  ..... retail below , maybe 1st floor office  with a couple of floors of residential above

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so that the whole CBD becomes "lived in again" and alive ... Very European with lots of people living down town .... good transport with more trams

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and perhaps for some of the heritage restoration they should take a "Disney" approach and make "replica fronts" in moulded fibreglass or resin so we can retain some of the great character of ChCh without the dangers of heavy masonry above the streets ....

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My brother Roger Bayley has been working in this field in Vancouver where he was in charge of design for last years Olympic Village  which was an amazingly compact development on old waterfront land for 1100 units + retail  ... with nothing over about 6 or 7 stories and all building achieved LEEDs Gold standard for Green building  and 2  Platinum. During the Oympics it was determined that the building saved around 70% on energy costs compared to what standard buildings would have used.

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It uses some really neat technology ... with a District Heating System that extracts heat from the sewage and uses it to heat the buildings with capillary mat radiant heating in all the ceilings that is 30% more efficient than any other system

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You might want to take a look at this video and the Challenge Series about the Olympic Village that Roger was involved with

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noQvZNk5JNE

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http://www.thechallengeseries.ca

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which gives lots of great info ... especially about energy use and district heating in chapter 5

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He was here last year talking for Resene and building green .....  and there is DVD that Resene did on his talk "Roger Bayley  Vancouver Olympic Village - the worlds greenest neighbourhood"

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 I can send you a copy if interested

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So the whole village shares heating and cooling .... and in ChCh with a total build of downtown this would be a great time to do this and save a ton of money in energy use

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We are old Christchurch boys and both grew up in the city and went to U of C to do BE Civil so have a great affinity for the city and want to see only the best for its recovery

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yours Tim  Bayley

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category: General

votes: 0

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by: Nick Jensen

submitted: 2011-05-05 21:30:17

title: Transport

description: The Christchurch CBD will be much smaller when it is rebuilt, and the focus of future business activity in Christchurch will be in the suburban hubs as well as the city center. Spreading business activity throughout the city enables workers to live closer to work and allows for shorter commute times and less congestion around the CBD.

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The next step is to connect these growing suburban hubs together with a reliable and efficient public transport system. My suggestion would be to develop light rail (a modern version of the tram) which can carry a greater number of people than buses, is more environmentally friendly, and of course is much quieter than a bus. Many European cities similar in size to Christchurch have light rail transport systems that are profitable and function well.

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Finally, I think the major focus of the new CBD and the suburban hubs should be on people. To achieve this I suggest that traffic and public transport is diverted away from the main activity areas to allow for the construction of pedestrian friendly environments with piazza style shopping and dining activities, thereby creating a destination that people will enjoy visiting for work,leisure, and most importantly, to live.

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category: General

votes: 44

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by: Gina Morris

submitted: 2011-05-05 23:51:40

title: Take the public and the tourists up in the world

description: Trams & buses are transport systems but not transport solutons.

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As soon as there is a single point where they integrate wth traffic their ability to run on time is compromised e.g traffic jams, accidents, road works, thereby discouraging ctizens from dependng on them as their sole means of transport.

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They both claim huge chunks of a city's most valuable asset, land. Each claim on land denies the public some other benefit, footpaths, greenery, shop frontage, parking, traffic lanes etc.

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Let's go up in the world with a monorail. Imagine a beautiful glass monorail system that both reflects and frames the greenery of our garden city. It seamlessly takes you on a scenic journey that would begin at Christchurch airport for our tourists, travels above Memorial Ave through Hagley park, easy change at the suitcae friendly stations for the motels on Papanui or Riccarton Roads. Why shouldn't the citizens of Christchurch enjoy the same efficent, scenic transport solution throughout the city?

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The routes are already defined and owned by the council if you build above main thoroughfares in Christchurch. Replace the tram for the inner city loop and the Orbitors for mall connections and extend the links to include the stadium, railway station, Rolleston, Kaipoi etc. Apart from the psychological benefits of your travel time being spent a storey or two up (undergrounds are so depressing!) the installation and maintenance is less disruptive by using prefabricated rails, support columns & stations. One side affect is the stations also end up providing safe over passes for pedestrians on main roads e.g. Blenheim Road.

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Transport solutions should serve both the citzens and the tourists, with efficient, reliable and wide reaching journeys that are also an enjoyable experience by show casing our garden city.

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by: Tony Becker

submitted: 2011-05-06 00:03:18

title: Future Inner City Access and Mobility...

description: Enjoy a CENTRAL city free of cars by having free and low-cost parking hub sites bounded by new avenues created along the present Kilmore, Madras, Moorhouse and Rolleston ring. These would carry constantly rotating small modern on/off free trams operating to/from an enhanced Square and inner city. This would enliven the REAL HEART of the city to pedestrian, mobility scooter and electric tram friendly use. (Ideally, prams, walker frames, wheelchairs and such would be carried). Courier cycles and service vehicles would need to be restricted to hours and venues as at present. Local and tourist foot traffic would become a world reknowned phenomena! Rapid suburban links could be operated to/from the parking hubs if designed sympathetically.

category: Transport/Roading

votes: 22

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by: A Frater

submitted: 2011-05-06 06:27:07

title: Canterbury Flag

description: A tad off subject, however given the recent upsurge in community spirit since the quakes, maybe it is time to show how patriotic we are to this province and create a provincial flag which needless to say will be red & black. Perhaps paying homage to our English heritage by using the St Georges Flag (the English flag), and changing the white to black.

category: General

votes: 11

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by: John McDermott

submitted: 2011-05-07 05:16:09

title: city 'pannier' market

description: There are many small traders, infrequent traders and similar that need low-rent, easy term sites.  The stall market provides a convenient means for the public to find goods and services that big-name retailers don't provide.  The more traders, and variety, will encourage public to use and support.  Christchurch has lacked a facility so far, even though the demand exists.  Consider the popularity, with the public and traders, of the arts centre market, Cathedral Square market, Riccarton market and the occasional farmers markets.  A single, large, dedicated facility could accommodate a wide variety of traders, and provide a real 'destination' retail space for the public.  This could provide a 'medieval' style market in the 21st century!

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A couple of examples I know of are the UK Plymouth Pannier market (constructed after WWII devastation - spot the similarity?) and Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok (though Chch may not be able to cope with 35 acres!)

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I encourage the planners to investigate how these markets are operated and what makes them successful for the public, traders and city.

category: Business

votes: 0

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by: Wendy Grace

submitted: 2011-05-08 03:34:53

title:  views of hills and mountains

description: the city council has done a fine job in recent years increasing the planting of natives. This has resulted in an increase of native birds especially bellbirds and wood pidgeon in the suburbs. I would like to see more natives in the centrl city to encourage these birds into the centre of town. I would like our open places to have views of the hills and mountains, It is always such a pleasure to turn a corner when out and about and catch a view of the snow clad mountains in the distance. It has been hard to get these views in the central city and I would like the new open places to incorporate these views. Also I would like the city to accomodate the needs of children by providing save play spaces in the centre of town. The Strip and Victoria Square have never really been places that children could enjoy. I would also like it remembered that not all of our citizens can walk or cycle and there will always be a need to provide good access via public transport and private vehicles. As far as housing in the central city....I have no problem with high density apartments but it must be recognised that this style is not for everyone and people that have lived overseas value the New Zealand style of living where there are backyards for vegie gardens, BBQs and play areas. We shouldnt have to live in Rolleston or Rangiora to enjoy our own private space. I would also like peole to remember that this is Christchurch, not Auckland or Barcelona or London. I think the rebuild should reflect what makes Christchurch special and not try to make it a copy of someother city. We need to use what we can from the past and make it better and also better illustrate our place on the Canterbury Plains between the Port Hills, mountains and sea.

category: General

votes: 0

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by: Cheryl  Cowden

submitted: 2011-05-08 16:28:54

title: Trams to be feature of Christchurch

description: Run trams through city and out to suburbs would solve traffic problems and make a great tourist attraction

category: General

votes: 22

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by: Christine Johnston

submitted: 2011-05-08 17:08:37

title: Total concept

description: Knock down all buildings higher than 4 floors. Take all buildings down 1 block around the river. Locate all underground rivers and do not build large buildings near them. Do not build with brick or stone in the city.

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Have different areas i.e. pubs/restaurants in one area eg the strip. Have arts and crafts area, ie around art gallery. Have ethnic areas, Other areas like sports and clothing shops having their own areas.  Have open malls with ground carparks behind  them.

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Just have 2 story car parks,for business workers. These could be built just outside the city with free  buses to the centre.  Lots of green areas with playgounds for children. Water features,  Have the business sector ie accountants, laywers etc around the outside, useing only buildings no higher than 4 floors.

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category: General

votes: 0

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95

by: Rachel Jennings

submitted: 2011-05-09 03:24:49

title: Heroes Avenue

description: An avenue, paved with recycled bricks to honour those people who did unbelievable things to rescue people in the immediate aftermath. It would have trees with plaques going from City to Hagley Park. A sort of cool space in summer and a brilliantly coloured space in Autumn.

category: General

votes: 11

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by: Wendy Zou

submitted: 2011-05-09 04:50:41

title: Rebuild New City Centre: Christchurch locals side by side with possible international investors

description: After the Feb 22d Earthquake in Christchurch, we had Japanese, Chinese, American, Australian and our own people all working day and night. Side by side helping to safe the lives.

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Now we are going to rebuild Christchurch, my idea is: why not have an international city central, with Christchurch's own businesses in an area to highlight the strength that Christchurch is capable of coming back strong, also have an area for an international theme with the international investors to contribute. This way, there will be more opportunities for Christchurch locals to get jobs, attract visitors, bring in new ideas, things to see, Also it is very expensive to rebuild a city on its own billions of dolloars but with international support, the cost might not be as high win win I think.

category: General

votes: 0

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by: Stephanie Humphries

submitted: 2011-05-09 18:16:15

title: Christchurch Unique

description: Christchurch now has a lovely new airport - just so like every other airport in the world. You could be in Dublin or Copenhagen. The airport has lost its flavour - it used to be a wonderful entranceway into the city. Sadly no longer, it has lost its character.

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Don't let this happen to our city. International planners have a set of blue prints that they churn out ad nauseam.  We are NOT a European city. Give us a unique and Kiwi city.

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The rivers are the arteries of our city - make these our green spaces. There is nothing more calming that watching the movement of water. The Avon is an icon - feature and enhance it. 

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category: General

votes: 0

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98

by: HJ Poudel

submitted: 2011-05-11 08:30:55

title: A city to rival all others

description: Whilst we should retain something of the old, we should never rebuild chch CBD with the crazy traffic and cluster of the past.  THe council and CERA should realise that Cantabrians deserve to be honoured with a shining new city that will rival other major cities around the globe with a peaceful harmony that makes locals want to never leave, overseas visitors crave to come back and other cities want to copy our ideas!

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Firstly take a note from other places that really do work.  Look to Europe especially Germany and Holland for inspiration.  You hardly ever see fat Europeans! Why? Because in their cities you can bike freely, walk freely without much fear of being run down by traffic.  Kiwis place too much emphasis on being able to drive cars wherever they like.  We are a nation of chubby autophiles, we must forget bad habits to forge ahead with a truely green dynamic heart friendly future.  The inner city shopping district should be free of traffic asides from delivery vehicles, bikes, trams and rickshaws.  We can learn from Asia too- chch could give rise to a modern eco friendly safe rickshaw for tourists and locals.  We could have a beautiful cobblestone and brick inner city that is safe, attractive and user friendly for pedestrians and cyclists. 

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*City sectioned into clearly defined areas: Eating Precinct

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                                                              Shopping Precinct

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                                                              Government/Companies Precinct

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                                                              Chinatown/Asia goods area

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                                                              NZ cultural area

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                                                              Market Place

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                                                              Memorial Site

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                                                              Industrial Area

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                                                              Recreational areas

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                                                              Children/Youth Precinct

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                                                              Church Cathedral

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Each area should be linked with car free zones where people can walk or bike without ever being bothered by motorcars/buses.  Footpaths aren't enough we need a truely green modern city that can stand out for innovation/harmonious transport  systems and pure enjoyment. 

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Paris is great for walking and biking.  They have a system whereby locals have a card that allows them to hire bikes for 20mins to get about then they have to find the compatible bike stand and they can either leave their hired bike there and claim another by inserting the card- the bikes can't be stolen as they have timers attached which means they seize up after 20mins. 

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Rickshaws- Common in Asia, but I believe NZ can create the modern Kiwi rickshaw and create a whole new industry of modern public transport for a flat inner city such as ours, also means jobs enmasse for people wanting to perform a public service and keep fitter than fit.  They could even be council owned and run.  They would provide quick and capable tranportation of locals and sightseeing tourists around our new bright and trendy green city.  No petrol fumes, no threat of being hit and killed, no noise apart from a merry jingling and bike horn and fresh air and fitness!  I have seen a type of rickshaw in Holland where teachers have carts attached to a set of bikes and they tranport children to school in them.  Brillant stuff!

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Beijing is also inspirational - I loved the Taichi and exercise parks dotted all over the city, they also had free permanently set gyms outside for adults- rather like playground equipment but made for adults for keeping fit.

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Art! Public art, statues and sculptures - what I love about any city, NZ has exceptional artists and needs to showcase them.

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Living art- we need to have permanent street set up whereby people can perform, a small arena in a prominent place with a roof so people can perform in rain or shine.  We need to showcase our local talents, amatuers and rising pros, we need our local artists to have a voice and a place that will become synomonous with freedom of expression and a platform for our youth and oldies alike to shine.

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I think busking and street art should be given a life in this area as well.

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Children- I never found the CBD child friendly, so we should build our city with our wee ones in mind and teens.  We need a place that is not stressful for kids- my idea of car free strips and plenty of green transport- bike, legs, rickshaws, trams BRILLIANT STUFF and great for children.  Teens are less likely to graffiti places of beauty, tranquility and stuff that doesn't stand to oppress them.  So why not have music over loud speakers in the little gardens and rest stops around the CBD, tranquil classical music, Maori waiata and folk songs- it will ensure people dont feel like congrugating and have street brawls either!

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If you want a city that shines, go with new innovative stuff, you can keep heritage buildings but dont rebuild something that is a copycat of the past.  This is a chance to create the perfect city with modern concepts of green, friendly, harmonious, child safe and friendly, tourist pleasing, local pleasing, work friendly, traffic sensible.  A city made for legs not cars, buses and nuisance and rush.  A city that draws you into it's heart, mind and soul and that declares to the world, Cantabrians learnt from the past, looked to the future and said you can't knock us down, we only will ever grow bigger, better and stronger, and saner!

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category: General

votes: 11

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99

by: HJ Poudel

submitted: 2011-05-11 08:52:36

title: Child/Youth Friendly City

description: Have small parks or strips set aside for climbing frames, rock climbing walls, swings, slides, childfriendly permanent art features that they can climb, slide etc. A small skate park for teens.  An outdoor water feature with small wading pool open to public.  A permanent bird avairy, pond for ducks in CBD.  Pond with little boats, dingies, paddle boats for hire. 

category: General

votes: 0

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100

by: Sally Low

submitted: 2011-05-12 01:59:08

title: Theme for the rebuild.

description: Christchurch has always been called and marketed as the Garden City. I would like to see this theme considered for whatever the end plan is.  Christchurch of the future is going to be a special place.  Let's keep the Garden Cirty theme through everything to be created.

category: General

votes: 0

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101

by: Jia Leng

submitted: 2011-05-12 05:47:21

title: The Ruin (theme park)

description: This is a  theme park which is showing 100years after 2012 , human has been exterminated in the world. we can try to keep all old buildings in christchurch city centre, make sure those buildings are rebuilt in safe condition, and plant lots plant sunch as rattan.

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for example, The theme park can be divided into 4 semi-area,for the first scenery area, which shows what's a lost city looks like after 100 years, no human alive at that time such as Atlantis. the second area is zombie area,we can use real people to cosplay zombie and lets the customer be the survivor.the third area is kid's zone which is like play ground.and the last area is commercial area that include hotels, souvenir shops and restaurants etc.

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over all, this theme park is suitable for all ages group and people who come from all over the world. I do believe that this theme park will bring very significant changes for New Zealand's tourism Industry's development. also  people will see a absolutely new Christchurch, no one can predict what the big change!

category: General

votes: 0

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102

by: nicola  dance

submitted: 2011-05-12 23:47:57

title: Green and Sustainable

description: I would like to see Christchurch rebuilt, as a model of what future cities could look like. 

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Reuse and recyle features of the old Christchurch but inset into a new eco friendly Christchurch.

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This is New Zealands oportunity to rebuild a 21st Century City, that will attract tourist back into Canterbury.

category: General

votes: 22

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103

by: marina locke

submitted: 2011-05-13 03:49:16

title: Beauty in the edible gardens

description: To expand on the Garden City idea, add art to the edible garden. Creative, colorful, vibrant art to inspire and feed the soul.  Dwell on beauty and the sense of community this tragedy created.  Along with the human loss, we have lost the beautiful architecture of the old buildings.  Have you noticed that we have lost the birds too.  Didn't realise this until the memorial day event in March when they tested the sound system by playing bird song.  It was beautiful.  Please plant trees and plants that will bring the birds back!  And invite carefully selected positive artist to have their work displayed in open spaces.  Bring together the elements of sound, color, light, beauty and new life and the people will come!

category: General

votes: 0

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104

by: Darren Hale

submitted: 2011-05-13 16:29:06

title: An Outline On How to Build Christchurch

description: I don't support the idea of a mass amount of buildings being in the CBD area.

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The history of the area earthquake wise is terrible and also the issue of water running underneath make it unsuitable for a business district.

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Di Lucas's article in the press Wednesday April 27th backs this up.

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So to want to build a university and all these big development ideas is just plain madness

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and I ask that we learn from history not repeat the same mistakes.

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1. 1880 Earthquake in North Canterbury severe damage in central Christchurch.

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2. 2010 7.1 same again different faultline.

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3. 2011 6.3 Loss of life and again severe damage.  Mostly where water flowed underneath if you lay the old 1800's maps over the present city.

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So anyway here is what we should do .....

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1. Have community based malls  (No Westfields - thanks) and businesses in the suburbs not in one concentrated area.  Even look at places like Pegasus and Rangiora and Rolleston also.

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2. Relocate the Cathedral to better land with better construction.

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3. Greenify the CBD.  Have areas for markets, Buskers - with seating to see this and live theatre etc.  Suitable roading through here to relieve surrounding roads.  Cycle ways - A cycle friendly CBD.  It must reflect a For the people by the people approach.

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I accept there are some buildings which have survived that could remain, however they must be at least 90-100% safe and able to withstand major Earthquakes for them to remain.

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Most importantly a memorial to the fallen of this tragedy.

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Again may we learn from history or be doomed to repeat it

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category: General

votes: 11

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105

by: Dave Bastin

submitted: 2011-05-13 18:59:51

title: China Town

description: I recently visited Sydney China town and it was vibrant and an asset to the city. Whilst I am not asian I believe we need to support the growing asian community in Christchurch. There is a large ex railway shunting shed just over the Colombo over bridge which would be great for indoor China Town covering restaurants with hawkers to up market restarants, stalls selling predomenantly asian products but maybe a 10% european content, vegetable market and meat market all suppling to the asian pallet. There would need to be a secure parking area for a large number of cars and regular bus connection. Insentives by the council to encourage the asian community to support there busnesses there and encouagement for the local communities to support it. The market could start at 10 or 11 and run to 11 at night in the weekend. This would also give extra life to the Sydenham part of town.

category: General

votes: -11

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106

by: Hayley Barrett

submitted: 2011-05-14 02:33:25

title: Trains into central city

description: Build a light train system that links central city with outlying towns such as Rolleston and Kaiapoi.  For example from the south it could operate to a train station in the centre of town but have the option of going past AMI Stadium and CBS arena.  This would attract people from the suburbs and outlying towns to come in for an evening out without bringing the car as well as for people coming in to work.

category: Transport/Roading

votes: 11

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107

by: Shane Lynch

submitted: 2011-05-14 03:04:32

title: A chance to make a great city even better

description: We have the opportunity to improve the way we live in our fantastic city.

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We need a pedestrian CBD, with high street stye shops, cafe's, restaurants, galleries and bars. All to entice tourists and locals to be able to walk around with out being choked by the emissions of cars and buses. We have the chance to be a self sustaining CBD with use of renewable resources. An eco friendly area with native plants for people to reflect on what has changed our city for both the current generation and future generations.

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Use information that we already know about the stability of ground and determine if it is safe to build on certain areas. Make sure we have appropriate building standards to make sure if we do have further earthquakes our buildings withstand them.

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In the end we need to make sure it is a city we are proud to live in.

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Sounds like we have the right person leading the CERA team.

category: General

votes: 22

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108

by: Carole Atkins

submitted: 2011-05-14 03:35:07

title: Bring back passenger trains from/to Lyttelton

description: Help bring life and business back to Lyttelton by re establishing passenger trains from Lyttelton into Tower Junction and/or linking with any future light rail services in to the CBD. This would re-energise the rather neglected and hidden Tower Junction rail station, allow commuters from Lyttelton and Diamond Harbour to easily get to the 'new CBD' in Riccarton and Addington and bring business to Lyttelton from commuters during the week as well as encouraging people from the city to come in to Lyttelton for a day out at the weekend. It would also reduce parking issues in Lyttelton at the weekend and cars coming in to Christchurch during the week.

category: Transport/Roading

votes: 44

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109

by: Carole Atkins

submitted: 2011-05-14 03:44:55

title: Rebuilding the Cathedral

description: The Cathedral has always been seen as the symbol of Christchurch, rather than try to go back to how it by replacing the spire which could injure future generations in another quake, it would be great if what is left of the cathedral is incorporated into a new, original and truly beautiful design, which will be as amazing for future Cantabrians as Gaudi's cathedral is for the Spanish people in Barcelona now. Then the Cathedral can truly be a symbol of the new Christchurch, not only of where we have been but where we are going.

category: Heritage

votes: -22

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110

by: karina templeton

submitted: 2011-05-14 04:28:34

title: Indoor mall, hospitality and office space for downtown and train to CBD

description: The CBD has been battling to maintain market share against covered mall areas with free parking, it has been trying to encourage more shoppers for a number of years now with free parking schemes and facelifts.

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A huge covered 1 or 2 story mall area spanning the strip/cashel mall areas with bars on the outside (to ensure outside seating as before) and shops inside with office spaces above.

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Get trains running into the CBD,from the current location in addington they could come thru lower hagley and into the centre.  Introduce trains from Rangiora/Kaiapoi/Rolleston (all of these areas are a huge cause of traffic congestion for comunters) stopping along the way, futureproof christchurch and immediately cut down on amount of parking and traffic congestion.  The train tracks are already there! just need to connect the last part.  adopt a park and ride approach like rural england where there are parking places along the way where people can leave there cars and ride the trains into work.  The bus exchange would want to be in the same place.

category: General

votes: 11

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111

by: e v

submitted: 2011-05-14 09:55:52

title: Design and planning over developer knock ups

description: Please dont let the CBD become another blenheim road clone with fast low tilt slab buildings.

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While you cant bring back alot of the heritage that has been lost it would be a mistake to remove what made us atrractive to tourist and vistors.

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Im purposing rebuilding the face of some of the buildings with mordern shells such as those in Europe after the war.

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Also an international design competition to help rebuild the city such as the one that help design the sydney opera house or flinders st station in Melbourne back in the day.

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They over time have come to represent and define each city just as the Catheral for us has done, let design and build style and attractive buildings instead of a sort sighted quick fix.

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category: Heritage

votes: 22

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112

by: Tim Legge

submitted: 2011-05-14 15:57:06

title: Rubble Memorials

description: Maybe it would be a good idea to construct a number of memorials out of the rubble of historic or iconic buildings and on each have a plaque with names of those that died. And on the final memorial which would be outside the cathederal have all the victims names plus those of the rescuers as well as a small tribute to the victims of the Japanese Tsunami

category: General

votes: 11

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113

by: Anthony Reid

submitted: 2011-05-14 23:56:46

title: Filling the gaps left by the arts centre.

description: Please consider the huge gaps that have formed from the lose of the arts centre shops, galleries and stalls. Over it's many years of operation many small businesses have grown in this environment to become significant employers, not to mention the reputation Chch has gained as the Arts Capital of NZ among national and international tourists.

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I suggest that Worcester Boulevard be closed to traffic during the rebuild and the arts centre market be allowed to use this space, which will also encourage tourist to visit the art gallery and the museum. A space for temporary arts centre shops could also be accommodated for in this area.

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I would like to offer my services in both these areas, having been involved prior to the earthquake with the arts centre shops and market and have identified a section of land suitable for the temporary shops.

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category: Business

votes: 11

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114

by: Helen Campbell

submitted: 2011-05-15 02:50:41

title: Mosaic

description: Brighton beach could be a wonderful place to build a memorial beach park. Can I suggest you google  "the love park in Lima Peru" for ideas. I belong to a group of mosaickers(all who reside on the east side of town - or did!)  and would be more than happy to be involved in developing a similar park on the beach. The east side of town deserves a good memorial

category: General

votes: 11

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115

by: Lisa Shannon

submitted: 2011-05-15 19:49:38

title: Camping Space inner city

description: A friend mentioned the ability to camp in Paris...and this idea came to mind.

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I had been saddened by the lack of creative ideas in dealing with the few freedom campers that have spoiled it for the responsible ones (keep in mind those include responsible Kiwis). So how does this tie in with the rebuild of Christchurch?

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As a city we have the ability to promote responsible camping and provide an appropriate space in Christchurch City where camper vans and campers can enjoy a central location with easy access to the city as Paris has done.

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We need that tourist dollar - whether it be loacal, national or international - and this is a way of incorporating that very vital sector - tourism - to ensure the economic viabilty of our city.

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Imagine a beautifully landscaped area that would be well sort after. It's an idea!

category: Business

votes: 0

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116

by: Trevor Walters

submitted: 2011-05-15 21:24:08

title: Keep the Beers Flown

description: Before the Earthquakes occured, ChCh was one of the best cities you could find anywhere.

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if like myself you love a good honest 18hr POWER DRINK,

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you could start your drink early in the morning at numerous locations around the city,

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then slowly as the day progresses move around the bars bellowing and laughing at MAGS

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while having an absolute ball of a time without having to repeat bars .

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The city has to be rebuilt because without the Greatness of drinking venues the City is nothing.

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PS The city was originally built on piss and dars.

category: General

votes: 0

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117

by: Alison Perry

submitted: 2011-05-16 03:49:18

title: Easterly wind

description: Reduce the effect of the Easterly wind through use of trees and curving the east - west streets.

category: General

votes: 11

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118

by: Trevor Walters

submitted: 2011-05-16 04:07:59

title: Once Great Build It Greater

description: Theres no reason why CHCH cant once again be one of the best Cities in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Real Cantabrians love CHCH for one reason,anytime of the day you can get a drink all over the city ,theres bars more than willing to let a few Canterbury Lads in for a drink. As the hours pass you abuse every prick in the joint and then come back the next week and do the same over with no real problems.

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So build it two and three stories all over the city jam bars on every corner with sexy slappers serving the grog and all will be well.......

category: General

votes: 0

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119

by: Toni Hawkyard

submitted: 2011-05-16 04:10:43

title: Central city playground

description: Would be great to have a different, adventurous, exciting childrens playground in central city, near the square that is surrounded by coffee shops or kiosks with seating for adults to supervise kids and enjoy a coffee treat.

category: General

votes: 11

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by: Sally Cracknell

submitted: 2011-05-16 06:21:18

title: Rebuilding Christchurch

description: I would suggest that Councillors look at the model used in Norwich, in Norfolk in England.

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In Norwich there are lots of areas in the centre where cars are not permitted and this does not cause problems - quite the opposite - everyone uses Park and Ride.  There are 5 or 6 park and rides in Norwich with buses running every 10 minutes and these are great for people working in the city.

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They merge with the traffic and do not need bus lanes.  You pay per car and then have unlimited and secure parking that day.

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Also - please no new buildings higher than 2 floors.

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Also in Norwich - there are 2 shopping malls in the city centre and its so popular Norwich.

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Really worth a look - a fantastic city, which is well thought out and a mix of old and new.

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Norwich City Council and Norfolk Couthy Council are the Councils.

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category: Transport/Roading

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121

by: Ian  Demetriosis

submitted: 2011-05-16 22:43:46

title: Centre of Culture

description: Trevor Rabbit

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I think definitely stick with three stories and under so drunk idiots and mags who get Sonny Billed by the boys don't have so far to fall. Regards to the sexy slappers, WHY has no one asked Mr Terrence Brown for his thoughts on a new town plan? I'm sure the T-Bear would have a lot of worthwhile ideas to contribute. Him and Ketts lost some prime real estate and have a right to their sleazy little corner of Christchurch. Stick it round the corner from the Excelsior Hotel so the boys don't have so far to stagger for a proz.

category: General

votes: 0

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by: Nick The Knife

submitted: 2011-05-16 23:41:16

title: To Many Dreamers

description: After reading other comments posted I find myself rather baffled with the continous crap about including a China Town,multiple parks and a limited number of buildings.

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Do these people really think Cantabrians care about that crap,rebuild in town new offices ,new restaurants and bars to drink at and piss on the walls and we will be fine.

category: General

votes: 0

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by: Ian  Demetriosis

submitted: 2011-05-16 23:59:40

title: Dreggy Emos and Unemployed Drug Addicts

description: One thing I won't miss in the New City is that woeful Bus Exchange/ Upper Cashel mall area where all the awful little loser buzz bar emo's and unemployed drug addicts go to feel like they belong and to stay warm in winter. What kind of dumb idea was it to put that place in the middle of our city? Unemployed people and kids shouldn't be allowed in town where decent Cantabrians go to work and drink anyway. What purpose does letting them leave New Brighton and the Eastern Suburbs serve except to annoy decent folks?

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category: General

votes: 0

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by: Kadin Morse

submitted: 2011-05-17 03:44:16

title: Cycle friendly Christchurch

description: Christchurch has the perfect cycle friendly terrain (i.e flat!). Everywhere is close enough to the city center to bike, so why not encourage people to bike by making it friendlier to cyclist’s. For example, dedicated cycle ways and bike parking lots/stands. The cycle ways should be wide cycle paths with plenty of room so the cyclist’s are not competing with cars. Increased use of cycles would reduce pollution, clear traffic, save money and it is healthy, solving many of our countries issues. Cities that incorporate bicycle routes have a higher percentage of bicycle commuters. Providing the facilities means more people use bicycles.

category: Transport/Roading

votes: 0

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by: Trevor Walters

submitted: 2011-05-17 04:47:13

title: CHCH CITY ITS A PITTY

description: Thats right more garbage being posted by what we refer to as mags(maggots).

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Camping grounds in the the city,for fuck sake by the time the city is rebuilt there will be plenty of accomodation in and out of the city .

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Campings for hippys and theres nothing worse than a dirty hippy.

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category: General

votes: -11

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126

by: Stephanie Humphries

submitted: 2011-05-17 21:00:36

title: Environment

description: I'm no greenie in the negative sense of the word, but I do believe we need to look after the environment. The thing that makes Christchurch special for me are its three rivers: the Avon, Heathcote and lesser known Styx. These set us apart from other cities. They are the arteries of Christchurch and we need to consider these as assets in the rebuild.

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The Heatcote was once the most polluted of any river in NZ and look what an asset it is today. Let's build on the natural assets we have, make them the centre pieces of our city, and ensure their good health and future as it goes parallel with ours.

category: General

votes: 22

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127

by: Alan Liu

submitted: 2011-05-17 21:16:33

title: Bake Solar Technology into the heart of Chch CBD

description: Solar tech hasn't really been widely used into Chch, the whole city's lighting system is quite out of date and not energy efficient at all. We all know that most area in CBD location are going to be redesigned in terms to match up safety standard in the future, and as well as to be more connected and more feel to our residents and tourisms. It is good chance to build our city a true modern city with "Green" technology, such as Solar technology.

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For example, we can design a landmark building using Solar. In Vienna, you can see solar trees made for the part of city light system (http://inhabitat.com/ross-lovegrove-solar-trees-take-to-the-streets-of-vienna/), which I think it will certainly bring more enjoyment to our people and make the CBD much more alive and remember-able by everyone.

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category: General

votes: 55

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128

by: Lesley Smith

submitted: 2011-05-18 00:21:57

title: Link up with other cities

description: An agreed set of priciples for Cities of the Future has already been developed for Australian Cities. Adopting these guiding principles, or modifying them to suite the needs of Christchurch would be a means to fastrack the guiding principles for re-building. The cities of the Future report is available here:

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Becoming a member of the Clinton Climate Iniative to access areas of expertise from other cities in Cities Programs in areas that include building retrofits, outdoor lighting, waste management, low carbon transportation and urban developments:

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category: General

votes: 0

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129

by: Susan  Mason

submitted: 2011-05-18 02:34:50

title: What goes where

description: I would like to see the adult entertainment area of the city not spread everywhere.  When I immigrated I found ChCh a bit sleazy coming up to adult shops on every corner anywhere and didn't like taking my children into town for that reason.   Keep the outlets more together - so you can choose to avoid it if you want. 

category: General

votes: 0

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by: Emma Monk

submitted: 2011-05-20 02:25:12

title: Shopping and cafes

description: We should look at getting more of the younger generations coming back into town and shopping there.

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Use a triangle like grid going from the square angling out towards the arts centre and the other side angling out towards the strip. Filling in this triangle should be a mix of shops like the main clothing store chains, more upmarket designers stores, op-shops/unlternative shops, nick-nack shops, a few kiwi-ana shops... A mix of cafes and restraunts should be in the triangle as well, but also fully around the square...

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A larger range of appartment-like lofts above above the new buildings will bring more people into the city. There should also be a large market in the square on sundays, allowing the people who live in the city to buy basic produce to cook with, but also more delicate pastry foods and nicknacks stalls.

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I think we should strive to keep the business and pleasure districts of the city seperate, which will make the city a more desirable place to visit.

category: General

votes: 0

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131

by: Emma Monk

submitted: 2011-05-20 02:35:53

title: Saving our heritage

description: For the heritage buildings that are deemed unsavable, we should try and save everything inside them (like floorboards, fireplaces etc) and the facades. And then rebuild them with as much as the original materials, and making the facade and maybe the inside as similar as it was before...

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Also on top of many of the old buildings is a date when that building was first built, I find this quite interesting to look at and if we were to rebuild the original facards of the old buildings we should put them on again but also add the date it was rebuilt. 2011, 2012 ect. This will be a legacy for our future generations to enjoy.

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Lastly we HAVE TO DO WHATEVER WE CAN to rebuild our beloved cathedral, it is the centre of chch and we need it.

category: Heritage

votes: 0

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132

by: Rosemary Dahl

submitted: 2011-05-20 21:05:49

title: Walking Through our City - how can we make it happen so we get some sort of closure?

description: We need to mount some sort of campaign to get the City Council/Cera to allow us all to walk through our shattered city before it is all cleared so we can remember it as it was.  Maybe a petition?  Otherwise maybe resort to civil disobedience to force the issue in a similar way that the building owners/business owners did to get access to their buildings/businesses.  Any ideas?  Judging by the letters/articles to the paper and talking to people this is something that NEEDS TO HAPPEN but how can we make it so???!!!  If you want to contact me my email is: rosemarydahl@gmail.com

category: General

votes: 0

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133

by: Floyd Morgan

submitted: 2011-05-21 05:53:11

title: Boxpark Christchurch

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Here's an idea to quickly generate a boost to small businesses unable to trade due to the earthquake.

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Boxpark (se: http://www.boxpark.co.uk/) is the world's first "pop-up" mall and is due to be launched in the UK this August.

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The pop-up mall is to be constructed using 60 x 40ft shipping containers, each container housing an independent retailer. In Christchurch's case preference would be given to retailers adversely affected by the earthquake.

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Short-term leases would allow retailers, cafes, art galleries etc to continue trade whilst they re-build however long-term leases would also be available.

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The beauty of this idea in my mind is that it would be the fastest way I can imagine to get people back in business. It would also provide a funky place to hang-out, and a community of retailers who would work together to attract custom.

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This could be done on a larger scale if the demand was sufficient. Or could be continuously added to like a living lego-esque building.

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To minimise costs the containers could all be fitted in China, including all wiring, welding etc and shipped to Chch for construction. I'm a NZ'er currently based in China and think this would be a great project.

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See http://www.boxpark.co.uk/ for a greater understanding of the concept.

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Let me know what you think! If there's enough support for the idea I'll start talking to potential investors and factories :-)

category: Business

votes: 22

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134

by: Rachelle Henson

submitted: 2011-05-21 16:58:39

title: Low emision woodburners

description: As we are likely to have to rebuild our home, we would like the option of installing a low emision woodburner. Wood is a renewable resource and would provide us with another heating option so we do not need to rely on electricity alone. We are keen to install a geothermal heating system as well as solar panels for hot water. Lets be practical and sensible in the way we go forward.

category: Housing

votes: 0

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135

by: Rachelle Henson

submitted: 2011-05-21 17:08:19

title: Cycling

description: Sorry, forgot to mention cycling. I love biking and would like my children to be safe when biking to school. Because of the competition with cars, they do not bike a lot on the roads. My family comes from Holland. Take a leaf out of their book and keep cars and bikes seperate. More people would bike and we would create a bike culture in this city once again.

category: Transport/Roading

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136

by: Peter Watts

submitted: 2011-05-21 20:34:20

title: Re-Paving Christchurch CBD

description: After watching the Rise up Telethon I would like to put forward an idea re the repaving of the Christchurch CBD as many people throughout NZ and around the world have donated money to rebuild Christchurch. Why not have paving bricks with their name engraved in it in black like what was done for the the New Brighton Pier development that would allow them to have a lasting memory of their part in rebuilding Christchurch.

category: Heritage

votes: 11

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137

by: Fiona Patchett

submitted: 2011-05-21 22:08:27

title: Green Design Christchurch

description: I would like to see Christchurch rebuilt using green building designs. All buildings fitted with solar panels and shaped in a way to best utilise the natural renewable resources such as the sun and wind. Planting live plants in and around buildings. Basically build all buildings, infrastructure, roads and the community as green and clean as technology will allows us too. This will help to reduce our carbon footprint and reduce the economical and environmental costs in the long run. New Zealand tauts it's clean, green image to tourists. Let's start living the image and leading the world in green designed cities.

category: General

votes: 22

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138

by: Jaega Banga

submitted: 2011-05-21 23:44:53

title: JUST BIKES, NO CARS . . . you know its best :)

description: the IDEA is to have NO SUCH THING AS ROADS! Just walkways and bike paths, you cn have puchbikes that have 4 wheels etc. OUTLAW COMBUSTION VEHICLES completely ! The roads and path ways can be lighten up from solar lights! NICE FREE CLEAN AND NATURAL!

category: Transport/Roading

votes: 0

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139

by: Jaega Banga

submitted: 2011-05-21 23:59:11

title: Waterway transport, OH SO FUN!

description: This is an idea that would let the inner city of chch have roughly 5m wide man made river streams that connect areas, they work as roading, instead of cars there are boats or hovercrafts or jet skis, there would be no cars and the city would be water capital, awesome!

category: Transport/Roading

votes: 0

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140

by: Jaega Banga

submitted: 2011-05-22 00:02:09

title: UNDERGROUND ROADING ?

description: The roads of chch would all be underground, or set at a lower level than the rest of inner city, This would decrease noise and congestion. Car parks could also be set aside for underground, just like some all ready are.

category: Transport/Roading

votes: 0

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141

by: Jaega Banga

submitted: 2011-05-22 00:08:20

title: Solar power for all houses in the long run!

description: Each house in the chch area should be given a free or a very low cost solar panel to install on there house, then after time, that could be paying it off or by there situation in there employment do some free days work or charity work and get an extra solar panel, this would in the long run give cheaper and cleaner energy to most households in chch.

category: Housing

votes: 11

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142

by: Sam Gane

submitted: 2011-05-22 04:38:46

title: PGC, CTV

description: I think that they should not rebuild on the CTV and PGC sites. Insted have a memorial of all who lost their lives in the buildings, maybe a park/ grassed area would be a nice place, where families can visit.

category: General

votes: 0

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143

by: Sophie Partridge

submitted: 2011-05-22 22:26:33

title: Woodhaven

description: Woodhaven is are wooden sheds that are in an area called Woodhaven. They are a retail section of Christchurch. Woodhaven also hosts night and day markets. It is also a safe place in the city where people feel they can shop and hang out in wood stores. There could also be a few wood cafes there. A monument marks this area. They light up at night. It is the map of New Zealand designed on the ground with lights. In the day the map may outline in green. At night the lamps may light up different colours or in a colour. Inside the map people can say a prayer for the victims. It is also a landmark for woodhaven. Woodhaven will be a renowned area of Christchurch where people can shop, eat and remember the victims if they please. There might be a pond and chair area for people just to sit. Maybe even an area for street theartre, like the annual buskers. Woodhaven will be cool, casual and classy. But most of all a nice safe place to wander and just be in.

category: Business

votes: 0

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144

by: Simon Arcus

submitted: 2011-05-22 23:36:07

title: Urban CBD (one that works) vs  diffused 'nodes' fun idea

description: Can I suggest for thinking folk that the idea of a diffused CBD might be more a reaction to the devastation than a genuinely thought through plan. Economies of scale and capital expenditure are being convicingly dorwned out from discussion of why CBD's actually work. Two new books on why dense but green and welcoming urban centres actually work are recommended to the rebuilders:

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• Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer and Driving Less are the Keys to Sustainability

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•Triumph of the City

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Sometimes, diffusing the heart of a city creates a hubless Los Angeles type feel which will be more long term devastating to Christchurch than the earthquake. People assembled at Hagley Park instictively - a natural gathering point of reference. The word 'nodes' captures the mind but does it actually work? And where has it worked before?

category: General

votes: 0

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145

by: Seth Bayliss

submitted: 2011-05-23 02:42:49

title: 8 year old boys idea

description: Lego land, disney land, more swimming pools and hydoslides,

category: General

votes: 0

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146

by: Maureen Jacobs

submitted: 2011-05-23 16:04:28

title: CBD

description: Low rise buildings 3/4 stories and no more

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wider footpaths softened with plants/trees

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green squares with seating and trees - capture the sun!

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avoid areas of "wind tunnels"

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child and family friendly areas

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use bricks from destroyed buildings for paths, gardens etc

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apartments mixed in with business, cafes, shops, people visiting business, may like to shop a bit, have a meal in safety

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more softness in the square, less concrete, high rises and cold dark areas.

category: General

votes: 0

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147

by: Brian Pattrick

submitted: 2011-05-24 04:26:36

title: A nest of ideas

description: Think far ahead. Progressive sea level rise will flood eastern lands.  Us for wetlands, Consider many years into future when sea rise floods eastern suburbs.  utilise land for parkland, agriculture to ease reidential retreat.

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Prepare map of CBD showing only iconic buildings. Plan from this base.

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Do not forget the value of existing underground services.

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No offices at street level ,only shops & people friendly places.

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Cycleways along the Avon from CBD to sea.  Cycleway lanes on all streets & wide enough for 2 abrest.

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Wide unobstructed footpaths.

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Free or nominal cost continuously circulating people movers covering the CDB.

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New buildings to be energy efficient. Harvest rainwater.  Utilise grey water.

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I like David Killick's article iwith ideas in CHCH Press, 24/5/2011, Page A22

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category: General

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148

by: Sophie Partridge

submitted: 2011-05-24 04:57:12

title: Further Idea to Woodhaven see idea below.

description: Furthermore to Woodhaven, some tree lined paths and fairy lights could light up at night. Beautiful wood retail houses. Night Markets could host quartets and, jazz, blues and classical ensembles.

category: Business

votes: 0

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149

by: Mary Grassham

submitted: 2011-05-25 02:43:54

title: Memorial for all we lost

description: Make a Memorial of the names of those who passed away because of the earthquake on the clock tower on the old rail way building on Moorhouse Ave, and leave the clocks on the times of when the quake happened. ( not sure about the ability to read names might have to make them larger or put a light underneath the names) I think it is important to resort the historic rail way satiation building!

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Second idea was to re-use material  from the wreckage of the buildings damaged in the earthquake  to create a memorial ornament and have the names of the dead and the missing on it. I think that it should be place in a place where people can go and sit and remember what once was. I like the thought of water and grass and trees to create peace and united us with the earth. place plaques with facts of the quake in it so it is also a place to educate the future generations. unsure where the park or memorial should be but maybe combined with another idea.

category: General

votes: 0

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150

by: Benjamin Wolpert

submitted: 2011-05-26 07:30:59

title: A grand and realistic design -traffic, buildings, culture, meandering paths under trees

description: Have large and relatively cheap (to compete with malls) parking buildings around outside of the inner city with extensive bicycle storage. In the inner city itself, motor vehicle access should be minimized. Safe yet fast cycling should be promoted but at the same time pedestrians should be able to stroll, shop and dine in an environment that is appealing and relaxing and not threatened by speeding cycles. I envisage a mixture of existing buildings interspersed with modern, light eco buildings of human proportions making up the shop fronts with city apartments, offices and loft space above. These would face out onto tree lined, meandering pedestrian paths that roughly follow the historic city grid to allow access to existing utilities under streets. Having the paths meander among trees makes this grid seem less endless and more human in scale however. Between the trees, spots for stalls, buskers, water features or playgrounds could be integrated and would raise the attractiveness of nearby cafes and restaurants. Places for youth to meet in an environment that is beautiful and encourages respect is only available in the botanical gardens at this time and largely missing in the city. Hopefully other appropriate places where youth can contribute creatively (music, street dancing, theatre, busking, sharing ideas and showing their creativity through art spaces) can now be found. Perhaps an inner city skate park is an option too in a location where the noise would not disturb. New buildings that would fill in many of the gaps between old buildings (though some space could also be simply reserved for future generations or turned community gardens) ought to be max 4-6 stories high (or whatever height still allows sunlight at street level in that location) and organic (not just boxes in shape. As building materials I would suggest plenty of light NZ wood, steel and glass to amplify the light quality and to reflect the vegetation both through mirroring effects and in tint. Being in the city should promote a sense of well being rather than stress caused by ugly surroundings and noise as a mall might enduce. While pedestrian traffic is the key element in creating a friendly relaxed inner city experience of international potential with creative kiwi shop front flair, fast cycle lanes could form a grid throughout the city at the back of buildings. These perhaps 3-6 m wide lanes could be opened up to delivery vehicles for businesses and residents' cars several times a day (e.g. 9-10am 6-8pm) and would satisfy the economic needs of the city while not detracting from its garden city atmosphere. It thus becomes an even more lively city for the people of Christchurch and the world.

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category: General

votes: 11

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151

by: Sod Oscar

submitted: 2011-05-28 00:54:08

title: Time to put Christchurch on the map as the City of the Future!

description: The earthquakes have devastated the old city so Christchurch is in a unique position of being able to start again, this time getting it right!

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there is, in my opinion, only one way forward and that is to model the new city on the Circular City Designs described in detail by the Venus Project, which is the culmination of a lifetime body of work by industrial designer and engineer Jacque Fresco.  

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It would be far easier and would require less energy to build new, efficient cities than to attempt to update and solve the problems of the old ones. The Venus Project proposes a Research City that would use the most sophisticated available resources and construction techniques. Its geometrically elegant and efficient circular arrangement will be surrounded by, and incorporated into the city design, parks and lovely gardens. This city will be designed to operate with the minimum expenditure of energy using the cleanest technology available, which will be in harmony with nature to obtain the highest possible standard of living for everyone. This system facilitates efficient transportation for city residents, eliminating the need for automobiles.

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If you have not seen these designs or read any of proposals presented by the Venus Project then I really urge you to take a look. 

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Another idea I would like to see is this:

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http://www.wimp.com/solarhighways/

category: General

votes: 44

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152

by: Sod Oscar

submitted: 2011-05-28 00:56:29

title: Roads of the Future | Christchurch could lead the world here!!

description: Check this out and be amazed at the technology at our disposal right now!  Traffic incidents could potentially be a thing of the past.

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http://www.wimp.com/solarhighways/

category: Transport/Roading

votes: 44

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153

by: Sod Oscar

submitted: 2011-05-28 01:00:00

title: MAG LEV TRAINS

description: This is the future!

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http://science.howstuffworks.com/transport/engines-equipment/maglev-train.htm

category: Transport/Roading

votes: 11

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154

by: Gerhard Nortje

submitted: 2011-05-31 23:16:04

title: Opening up Christchurch for international tourists

description: Christchurch is the doorway/portal for most of the South Island.  For some unknown reason, possibly due to ignorance, many tour operators are advising their clients not to bother coming to Christchurch since it is perceived devastated and basically not open for business.  This has a serious effect on the airport, small passenger service industry (Taxis and Shuttles), accommodation facilities and has an effect not only on the recovery of Christchurch but also Akaroa and elsewhere by starving it off the tourism dollar.

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We should seriously appeal to these operators to reconsider the inclusion of Christchurch in their itineraries for their clients.  Thinking about it, what did tourists do in Christchurch before the quakes, besides sleeping, drinking and eating, not much I would say.  The attractions like the Botanical gardens, the Antarctic Centre, Willowbank and others to my knowledge are all operating.  And for beds, what about creating a bed register on the basis followed by http://www.couchsurfing.com or even our own DHB to manage the hospital beds in the city.  There are heaps of Cantabrians that came through the quakes reasonably unscathed, with an extra bedroom available.  How about charging a minimum fee of say $40 per night with $10 going into the recovery fund.  That is if all the motels on Papanui and Riccarton roads and the number of hotels in the city still operating are fully booked.  The sooner we declare ourselves up and running and open for business the sooner life will return to normal with businesses currently teetering on the edge of viability returning to being prosperous once again.

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category: General

votes: 0

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by: Callum Hart-Woolcock

submitted: 2011-06-02 03:41:16

title: Community market

description: I would love to see a produce market akin to Victoria market in Melbourne. This would be great for supporting localand specialist producers and would provide an alternative to supermarket shopping under one roof. It could also attract more consumers to the CBD area resulting in a boost to other retail sectors.

category: General

votes: 0

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156

by: dallas hibbs

submitted: 2011-06-02 18:04:52

title: The most beautiful 'new' city in the world; characterised by:

description: 2 Integrated Plans of Action

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'the rebuild' - say 25 Billion plan over 5 yrs

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All infrastructure developments to deliver on say -

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50% energy savings within 5 yrs for all 'rebuilds'- with a transition plan to 90% renewable energy sources by 2035 / minimal carbon footprint / 'cleanest water' / maximisation of natural advantage - hills/snow capped mountain views / coastal views / hagly park & Avon river.  (Govt should give additional tax concessions on involving the private sector provided local people involved - and a significant contribution to educational advancement is made to our academic institutions by those private sector companies involved)

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1. Aesthetics of the city are widely regarded as the most beautiful in the world.

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2. Highest per capita GDP in the country driven by dynamic domestic activity and Green Technology exports in manufacturing and education.

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3. Lowest Crime rate in NZ (due to urban renewal and investment in urban schools in communities of highest social dysfunction).

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category: General

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by: Roger Jamieson

submitted: 2011-06-03 19:55:37

title: More charactor pedestrian lanes and areas

description: I loved what was done with the lanes around the twisted hop and SOL square. Would love to see more areas like this included in the rebuild.

category: General

votes: 0

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by: James Rofe

submitted: 2011-06-04 17:05:25

title:  Geodynamics / Hot Rock Geothermal Power

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category: Transport/Roading

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159

by: Claire Newman

submitted: 2011-06-06 22:56:19

title: CBD - About being with people.

description: With more remote workers, operating within an increasingly agile working environment the workplace of the future is looking decidedly mobile.   At the current pace of technology, the traditional office will become largely redundant within the decade.  The biggest shift is in the idea of a third place of work, be it a cafe, a library or a generic or suburban hub where businesses rent space close to their employees' homes. Workers will be measured by their output, not by the number of hours they spend in the manager's line of sight. 

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With this in mind I think the CBD should be more about people getting together for a meeting or catch up, in a pleasant environment, both indoors and out.  A hub of entertainment, cafes, restaurants and shops.  Ease of access, accomodation, and parking are important.

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category: Business

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by: Ali Allsop

submitted: 2011-06-07 03:26:23

title: Outdoor suburban pools

description: With QE2 and Centennial out of action "for the foreseeable future" and many of the few school pools that were still being used before February, local pools should be back on the agenda. Drowning rates are on the rise, kids just can't swim and fostering the community spirit and energy can be harnessed and positively used at local swimming pools.

category: General

votes: 0

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by: Bruce Jeffreys

submitted: 2011-06-07 08:03:56

title: Include on-street dedicated parking for car share services, reduce overall parking

description: Car sharing service provide an alternative to under-used private cars with one car servicing 20+ people. By embedding car sharing in the new city centre CC could reduce the need to build off and on-street parking spaces, instead repurposing this money for better transport options like PT and cycling infrastructure.

category: Transport/Roading

votes: 0

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by: Bruce Jeffreys

submitted: 2011-06-07 08:04:14

title: Include on-street dedicated parking for car share services, reduce overall parking

description: Car sharing service provide an alternative to under-used private cars with one car servicing 20+ people. By embedding car sharing in the new city centre CC could reduce the need to build off and on-street parking spaces, instead repurposing this money for better transport options like PT and cycling infrastructure. See carsharing.org for more info.

category: Transport/Roading

votes: 22

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by: Hans Schuhmacher

submitted: 2011-06-08 15:16:20

title: Public Transport

description: Let's look how other Cities in Europe (Germany, Italy, Holland) are managing this issue.

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category: Transport/Roading

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by: marianne kirkham

submitted: 2011-06-09 20:42:03

title: criminology

description: I am wondering if a criminologist services has been employed for best advice on layout for prevention of crime - to make Christchurch as safe as possible. In regards to theft, physical and mental abuse (nightclub positioning, width of access ways, ), graffetti, boy racers etc.

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Sociologists, counsellors and  religious leaders may also be necessary from this stance to seek advice from prior to final decisions made. This is more of a request for these professionals to be a part of this process, to work with architects, geographers,  etc in order to make the difference.

category: General

votes: 0

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165

by: Denise Matthews

submitted: 2011-06-10 21:08:51

title: bike ways around the city and river

description: I would like to see more cycle walk ways along the river and around the city all interconnecting and maybe in a loop. We have beautiful rivers and these should be looked after, and cleaned up. In Perth West Aust they have the most awesome cycle and walk paths everywhere, even right along the motor ways. Lets make it the garden city once more with more gardens in the cathedral square and little cafes to stop and have a coffee and cake, and a place to eencourage buskers.

category: General

votes: 0

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166

by: Denise Matthews

submitted: 2011-06-10 21:13:35

title: land remediation

description: If Bexley and suburbs suffering from liquifcation etc are abandoned, why not let it revert back to swamp and revegetate with native plants, to encourage the bird life back and build some board walks over them so people can walk or cycle around them.

category: General

votes: 0

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167

by: Connie Christensen

submitted: 2011-06-12 03:47:16

title: Let the bicycles lead the way to a friendlier, sustainable, vibrant and more successful Christchurch.

description: Like so many other Christchurch residents, I would also like to see a quick rebuild of our city. I think we need to let the bicycles lead the way. Have a look at this CBS video clip which shows the cycle city of Copenhagen. Here cycling has been embraced and it has lead to much less traffic congestion (even the motorists are agreeing on this), vibrant more successful shopping streets with little or no motorised traffic (even the business people agree on this) and a reduced commuting time for most people (and we all want that).

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Come on Christchurch, we can do it together!

category: General

votes: 0

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168

by: Grant Collins

submitted: 2011-06-13 19:56:25

title: Build a Bridge

description: Currently my familiy and I reside in Burwood and like many thousands of others here in Christchurch are left with a munted house and the unknown future of where we will end up living and building.

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Have looked at Ohoka, Mandeville, West Eyreton,Swannanoa areas but like everyone else that has looked at these areas, its the distance and travel time.

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This now brings me back to the Waimakariri river. When you look at Christchurch we really only have two ways in and out and given the recent events sometimes this has been reduced to only the one bridge being open.

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Why doesnt Christchurch City Council or Transit NZ build another bridge further up the river around Mcleans Island crossing the Waimakariri.

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Not only does it give another life line into Christchurch but peopple who have to exit their houses in the eastern suburbs and find somewhere else to build have another option to look at.

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Building the bridge would be great for these areas and not to mention this would also take a lot of traffic off Johns Road and the Motorway as people travelling to Rangiora would more than likely use the route also.

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Regards Grant

category: General

votes: 0

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by: Brian Pearson

submitted: 2011-06-16 18:33:24

title: Destination the Heart of Christchurch

description: It is all very well rebuilding the city centre but you have to have a constant reason to bring the community into Christchurch each day.  The square to me meant quite nothing.  Al it was was cement up to the front doors of beautiful building and tents to one side selling mainly imported Asian plastic stuff. 

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Make the city come alive with a full time farmers market with wholly New Zealand made product, value added ideas for exporting also.  Bring a destination of purpose into the heart of the city again.  Community makes a city.  Trade with produce from local region and goods made here in New Zealand.  Make the square like a Piazza surrounded by cafes delis etc. 

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Introduce New Zealands first PRIVATE University like Bond on the Gold Coast.  Make the trams a viable public transport system linking main corridors into the city.  Less buses more trams.  Go back to our roots of European culture.  Make the city more impressive with creative ideas and export those ideas. 

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Build in a contemporary way.  Suggestions like the Power House at New Farm in Brisbane.  Incorporate the shell of a bulding into a modern working space.  The cathedral should be left how it is but in case it in glass and stainless steel working space around it.  Develop a working style of architecture.  Have a group of options for developers.  Let them rebuild but in certain styles in certain streets. 

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More statues more fountains more trees.  More green space.  With the empty lots now turn them into small lunch break spots.  Allow mobile coffee vending. 

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Brian

category: General

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