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es, it’s true; Christchurch has a long way to go. That said, look how far it has come. The metamorphosis of Christchurch’s architecture is palpable. In a state of progressive evolution, the Garden City’s architectural typology is nothing short of distinct. Marrying heritage and contemporary is no mean feat, but we are witnessing the rebirth of a cosmopolitan city that will be characterised by low rise buildings with personality. New building facades are playing with eye catching angles, colours and materials – a welcome digression from the archetypal concrete and stone buildings previously adopted in the city. The image accompany this story is of the new $51 million, four green star ECan building – an exemplary model of what is possible when ingenuity and innovation are the motivating driver. FESTA is celebrating this fact. Governed by a registered charity - the Christchurch Transitional Architecture Trust - the impending event is part of the year-round programme of Te Pūtahi - the Christchurch Centre for architecture and citymaking. FESTA is a vibrant weekend celebration of urban creativity. This Labour Weekend will offer a much-needed pause in

Yes, it’s true; Christchurch has a long way to go. That said, look how far it has come.


The discourse of psychologists and experts in disaster recovery from all around the world gives rise to one very sobering reality; attempting to quantify or qualify the ‘long tail’ of the recovery period following the immediate ‘life and limb response’ is tantamount to asking, ‘how long is a piece of string?’

the pace of a year progressing in leaps and bounds. It also presents an opportunity for retrospection, reflection and experiencing a reimagined city. The theme for this year’s festival is ‘We Have the Means’, which focuses on making the most of the resources available to us – in terms of our people (and their skills and knowledge) and reusable materials. The FESTA posse is focused on sustainability through the reuse of waste materials in design and creative urban regeneration. Architecture aficionados and even amateurs like myself can expect to enjoy spectacular imaginative architectural installations, workshops, talks, pop-up projects, family events, foraging tours, live performance, artworks and more. The headline event, ‘Lean Means’, is set to attract thousands and is live for one night only on Saturday 22 October (rain date 23 October). Explore the full schedule at Better still, look up, look around and explore your evolving city with fresh eyes.

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Metropol - 20 October 2016  
Metropol - 20 October 2016