Show simple record

dc.contributor.authorRennie, Julian
dc.description.abstractThis paper discusses some of the complexities of interactions between people and places in the making and remaking of cities. The paper uses as a case study, Christchurch, New Zealand, which has in the past had the reputation of being the ‘Garden City’ of New Zealand. Christchurch was hit by a series of large earthquakes occurring between September 2010 to February 2011 (the latter claiming the lives of 185 people). Subsequently many buildings (including houses), were condemned and demolished by the Christchurch City Council (CCC). This resulted in many people closing their businesses, along with families being forced out of their homes and deciding to leave the shattered city. But many people decided the time was ripe for a new type of city to be established; a more humane and considered one. This paper unpacks some of the duelling forces at play shaping the ‘rebuild’. On the one hand is the CCC, with its powerbase ‘of behind closed door decisions’, pushing for a ‘framing’ of the city that seemingly harks back to its Victorian roots. Working against this is a tide of individuals and small groups that are exploring new directions, via various interventions and new businesses, that speak of how the common person could dwell in this new evolving Urbanity. These events have been fast moving and the cited case studies are researched and explored via close reading of ‘formal’ central news agency releases and ‘informal’ social media type responses. The paper is a not only a portrait of what has happened recently in Christchurch but also offers insights into the unique character of its inhabitants, that will continue to be framed by these events. It also suggests ways in which other urban communities could network together and plan possible ways of dealing with natural disasters in the future within their particular milieu.en_NZ
dc.publisherUniversity of Moratuwa (Sri Lanka)en_NZ
dc.subjectChristchurch 2010-2011 earthquakesen_NZ
dc.subjecttop-down governance,en_NZ
dc.subjectgrass-roots movementsen_NZ
dc.subjectlocal communitiesen_NZ
dc.subjecturban recyclingen_NZ
dc.subjectsustainable urban designen_NZ
dc.subjectChristchurch City Council (CCC)en_NZ
dc.subjecturban designen_NZ
dc.titleInconsistent coherence in post-quake Christchurch, New Zealanden_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
dc.rights.holderUniversity of Moratuwa (Sri Lanka)en_NZ
dc.subject.marsden120508 Urban Designen_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationRennie, J. J. (2016). Inconsistent Coherence in Post-quake Christchurch, New Zealand. Cities People Places : An International Journal on Urban Environments, 1(2), pp.1-15. doi:10.4038/cpp.v1i2.7en_NZ
unitec.institutionUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.publication.titleCities People Places : An International Journal on Urban Environmentsen_NZ
unitec.institution.studyareaLandscape Architecture

Files in this item


This item appears in

Show simple record

© Unitec Institute of Technology, Private Bag 92025, Victoria Street West, Auckland 1142