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Proposals for a Resilient City: Christchurch Design Ideas Competition was run in April 2012 by the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, in association with New Zealand Institute of Architects and the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects. Entries were displayed and judged at the Annual NZSEE Conference held in Christchurch 13th-15th April 2012 at Canterbury University Central Lecture Theatres. View poster here.

The entries were displayed in the main foyer of the Central Lecture Theatres and were very well received by the record 400+ conference delegates, drawing much interest and discussion during the conference.

A total of 31 entries were received and displayed, from a good mix of professional and academic entrants, and from all around New Zealand and abroad. The entries were of an impressive standard of quality – in terms of both presentation and the ideas underpinning them.

The winner was Melanie Pau from Auckland University School of Architecure and Planning, and the runner-up was Cameron Suisted from Victoria University School of Architecture. For citations, please refer below.

The judging panels consisted of the following members:

David Compton-Moen – Senior Landscape Architect / Urban Planner, MWH
Tim Church – Principal and Urban Designer, Boffa Miskell
Dr Jessica Halliday – Architectural Historian
Dr David Johnston- Director, Joint Centre for Disaster Research at GNS and Massey University
Jasper van der Lingen – Principal, Sheppard & Rout Architects; and NZIA Canterbury Branch Chair

Entrants were asked to state which one or more of the themes of Revitalisation, Memory, or Resilience they were addressing, and entries were scored according to how successfully they addressed the stated themes. Entries were displayed anonymously until judging was complete. Each judge scored each entry individually and scores were aggregated to determine the winning entries.

Citations:

Winner: Entry 011 – Melanie Pau

The winning entry was an excellent example of a scheme that addressed regeneration of the built and social fabric in Christchurch Central city on an urban scale. The scheme consisted of ‘a greenway that passes through the industrial southern half of the central city as a mechanism to create a dense, vibrant and populated city centre.’ The judges were impressed by a strong concept for inclusive community regeneration, with plenty of well thought-out detail in the variety of housing typologies that could be developed along the greenway.

Runner-up: Entry 034 – Cameron Suisted

This entry was a scheme for the McKenzie and Willis Building on High Street and Tuam Street, where the historic facade has been preserved and the rest of the building demolished. The proposal is for a theatre, where the adaptation of the existing facade forms the entrance way to the building and ‘the day-to-day activities of the theatre are projected onto the street’.  The judges noted an intelligent treatment of the themes of memory and regeneration in the scheme, and considered it an excellent example of adaptive reuse and treatment of a historic facade.

 

A list of all entries received in digital form is as follows, and are available to view by clicking on the entry numbers:

003
Wraight + Associates
Wellington

004
Andrea Bryant
Foley Group Landscape Design
Christchurch

006
Thom Craig
AMO
Christchurch

007
Shane Hood
Thames

008
Zhi Jian (David) Wong, Che Wei (Jacky) Lee, Praveen Karunasinghe
University of Auckland
Auckland

009
Gembong Reksa Kawula
Singapore

011
Melanie Pau
Auckland University
Wellington

012
Emma Buchanan
Victoria University
Wellington

014
Matej Katic
Auckland

015
Travis Mcgee
Victoria University
Wellington

016
Erica Austin
University of Auckland
Auckland

017
Christchurch Coastal Pathway Group
Christchurch

018
Michelle Lo
University of Auckland
Auckland

020
Eduardo Espinoza
Russell
Northland

021
Matthew McFetridge
Victoria University
Wellington

022
Mark Cannata
36° 51’ SOUTH / Meta Architecture
Auckland

023
Jasmax
Christchurch

026
Megan Ash
Darby Partners
Queenstown

027
John Kim
Auckland

028
Shana Payne
Lyttelton
Christchurch

030
Anna Litschkovskij, Julie Evans and Trevor Carpenter
Alliance Architecture
Auckland

031
Olivia Bird
Lincoln University
Christchurch

032
Lianne Ching Oh
Ground Anchorages Ltd
Auckland

033
James Carr
Whimbrel Design
Christchurch

034
Cameron Suisted
Victoria University
Wellington

035
David Sullivan
Victoria University
Wellington

036
Te Ari Prendergast
Christchurch

037
Nicola Bowman
Victoria University
Wellington

040
Stufkens+Chambers Architects
Christchurch

041
Rough and Milne Landscape Architects
Christchurch

042
Susanna Lundberg
Christchurch