Christchurch is undergoing a period of major transformation and is home to a number of creative projects and innovative buildings.
A city reimagined
The blueprint for the new Christchurch promises a world-class city that embraces creativity and innovation. Despite the huge challenge of totally redeveloping the CBD, there’s a sense of vigour in Christchurch that is inspiring the city’s regeneration.
Transitional developments are popping up all over the city including the Re:START retail precinct which features over 30 shops in vibrantly coloured shipping containers. Just a short stroll from the container mall is the temporary cardboard cathedral designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban.
Creative public art
Christchurch has seen an influx of innovative public art and hosts a number of art festivals. The 2013 OI YOU! RISE street art festival commissioned a dozen large street-art paintings in the city centre and the From the Ground Up project organised 16 large artworks in the city centre and Sydenham.
Christchurch also hosts two major contemporary art festivals:
Innovative community projects
Christchurch has become a mecca for creative urban regeneration initiatives. Many of these started in response to the Canterbury earthquakes and have developed into ongoing movements in their own right.
Taking vacant sites awaiting redevelopment and turning them into spaces where local people can meet, take part in music, art, performance and activities, Gap Filler is one of the best known of these initiatives.
Just a few other projects to check out and get involved in are:
- Rad bikes
- Agropolis Urban Farm
- Life in Vacant Spaces
- Ministry of Awesome
- Plant Gang
- No Lights No Lycra Christchurch
For more information about living in Christchurch and what's going on check out these websites:
- Christchurch City Council
- Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism
- Eventfinder Christchurch
- Neat Places Christchurch
Christchurch was voted the #6 top city to visitLonely Planet
Christchurch was voted #2 in the 52 Places to Go in 2014New York Times