A competition to find "innovative and exciting" housing designs for Christchurch's new inner city has been launched by the Government.
Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson says the competition will be open to any consortium that includes a professional designer and a property developer.
"This competition is about setting a new standard, not just for Christchurch or even New Zealand but inspiring the world to achieve more beautiful and desirable inner cities," he said today.
In February next year three designs will be chosen to progress to the next phase. The selected groups will be given $20,000 to develop their concepts.
The winner will be announced in August 2013 with construction to due to start later in the year.
Kevin McLoud, host of the international TV show Grand Designs, is on the judging panel.