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MegaTower / Thom Craig

17:00 - 16 September, 2016
MegaTower / Thom Craig, Courtesy of Thom Craig
Courtesy of Thom Craig

Courtesy of Thom Craig Courtesy of Thom Craig Courtesy of Thom Craig Courtesy of Thom Craig +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Collaborator

    Bushnell Builders
  • Area

    24.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Thom Craig

Christchurch Bus Interchange / Architectus

20:00 - 16 July, 2016
Christchurch Bus Interchange  / Architectus , © Simon Devitt
© Simon Devitt

© Simon Devitt © Simon Devitt © Simon Devitt © Simon Devitt +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Area

    3500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Gleneagles Terrace / Cymon Allfrey Architects

02:00 - 25 June, 2016
Gleneagles Terrace  / Cymon Allfrey Architects, © Stephen Goodenough
© Stephen Goodenough

© Stephen Goodenough © Stephen Goodenough © Stephen Goodenough © Stephen Goodenough +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gleneagles Terrace, Ilam, Christchurch 8053, New Zealand
  • Architecture

    Craig South with Cymon Allfrey, Abby Butler & Julie Sime
  • Area

    565.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Christchurch House / Case Ornsby Design Pty Ltd

05:00 - 15 June, 2016
Christchurch House  / Case Ornsby Design Pty Ltd, © Stephen Goodenough
© Stephen Goodenough

© Stephen Goodenough © Stephen Goodenough © Stephen Goodenough © Stephen Goodenough +39

136 Moorhouse Ave / Phil Redmond Architecture + Urbanism

17:00 - 13 June, 2016
136 Moorhouse Ave  / Phil Redmond Architecture + Urbanism, © Hazel Redmond Photography
© Hazel Redmond Photography

© Hazel Redmond Photography © Hazel Redmond Photography © Hazel Redmond Photography © Hazel Redmond Photography +15

Bradnor Road / Cymon Allfrey Architects Ltd

19:00 - 13 May, 2016
Bradnor Road / Cymon Allfrey Architects Ltd, © Stephen Goodenough
© Stephen Goodenough

© Stephen Goodenough © Stephen Goodenough © Stephen Goodenough © Stephen Goodenough +16

Ophir / Architects' Creative

20:00 - 23 April, 2016
Ophir / Architects' Creative, © Charlotte Clements
© Charlotte Clements

© Charlotte Clements © Charlotte Clements © Charlotte Clements © Charlotte Clements +27

Christchurch North Methodist Church / Dalman Architecture

15:00 - 29 February, 2016
Christchurch North Methodist Church / Dalman Architecture, © Stephen Goodenough
© Stephen Goodenough

© Stephen Goodenough © Stephen Goodenough © Stephen Goodenough © Stephen Goodenough +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Lead Architect

    Szymon Gozdzikowski
  • Architectural Technician

    Stephen Ducrot
  • Project Director

    Richard Dalman
  • Area

    780.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Qb|Studios / Qb Modular

15:00 - 27 August, 2015
Qb|Studios  / Qb Modular, © Hayden Marshall
© Hayden Marshall

© Hayden Marshall © Hayden Marshall © Hayden Marshall © Hayden Marshall +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    18 Bernard Street, Addington, Christchurch 8024, New Zealand
  • Area

    960.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Toronto Takes Top Spot in Metropolis Magazine's Livable Cities Ranking

08:00 - 14 August, 2015
Toronto Takes Top Spot in Metropolis Magazine's Livable Cities Ranking, First Place in the Metropolis list of world's most liveable cities: Toronto. Image © Flickr CC user Robert (username: mamonello)
First Place in the Metropolis list of world's most liveable cities: Toronto. Image © Flickr CC user Robert (username: mamonello)

How do you compare cities? It's difficult to collapse millions of individual subjective experiences into a single method of comparison, but one popular technique used in recent years has been to judge a city's "livability." But what does this word actually mean? In their 2015 ranking of the world's most livable cities, Metropolis Magazine has gathered together a group of experts on city planning, urban life, tourism and architecture to break down "livability" into the categories they think matter and draw upon Metropolis' considerable urban coverage to produce one of the most thorough attempts to rank world series yet attempted. Find out the results after the break.

Shigeru Ban on Growing Up, Carpentry, and Cardboard Tubes

19:00 - 30 April, 2015
Shigeru Ban on Growing Up, Carpentry, and Cardboard Tubes, Shigeru Ban’s Cardboard Cathedral in New Zealand. Image © Bridgit Anderson
Shigeru Ban’s Cardboard Cathedral in New Zealand. Image © Bridgit Anderson

He may have risen to prominence for his disaster relief architecture and deft use of recyclable materials, but Shigeru Ban describes his idiosyncratic use of material as an "accident." Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, the 2014 Pritzker Prize Laureate recalls turning to cardboard tubes as a matter of necessity. "I had to create a design for an exhibition," Ban told the newspaper, "But I couldn't afford wood. Instead, I used the many paper tubes from rolls of drafting paper that were lying around. The tubes turned out to be quite strong." The most prominent of Ban's cardboard tube structures is Christchurch's Cardboard Cathedral, built in the aftermath of an earthquake that devastated the city in early 2011. Read WSJ's full interview with Ban here.  

schmidt hammer lassen Reveal Chirstchurch's New Central Library

13:30 - 27 April, 2015
schmidt hammer lassen Reveal Chirstchurch's New Central Library, Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects
Courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects

schmidt hammer lassen architects, together with New Zealand-based Architectus, has unveiled plans for Chirstchurch's New Central Library (NCL). An "anchor project" for the city's 2010 and 2011 earthquake Recovery Plan, the new 12,000-meter library will built by 2018 on the northern edge of Cathedral Square – Christchurch´s key civic space defined by Christchurch’s Cathedral.

It is hoped that the NCL will become an important gathering space within the city, offering easy access to digital technologies and local heritage collections, as well as exhibition and performance space, a learning center, indoor and outdoor areas of relaxation, and activities for young citizens. 

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Woods Bagot Reveals Plans for Christchurch Convention Centre

00:00 - 7 October, 2014
© mir.no. Image Courtesy of Woods Bagot
© mir.no. Image Courtesy of Woods Bagot

Global design and consulting firm Woods Bagot has revealed its plans to collaborate with Plenary Conventions New Zealand, a consortium responsible for the development of the new Christchurch Convention Centre. The consortium also includes international infrastructure firm Plenary Group, local firms Ngai Tahu Property and Carter Group, Warren and Mahoney Architects, and environmental design consultancy Boffa Miskell. Read on after the break to see additional images and learn more about the proposed plan.

Christchurch Launches Competition to Design Earthquake Memorial

01:00 - 24 July, 2014
Christchurch Launches Competition to Design Earthquake Memorial, Christchurch Cathedral, after being destroyed by the 2011 earthquake. Image © NZPA / David Wethey
Christchurch Cathedral, after being destroyed by the 2011 earthquake. Image © NZPA / David Wethey

After years of rebuilding from the devastating earthquake that hit the city in February 2011, the city of Christchurch in New Zealand has announced an open competition to design a memorial to the 185 people that lost their lives in the tragedy. The $3.5 million memorial will be situated in the city center on the banks of the Ōtākaro-Avon River, and is expected to be "a thoughtfully designed space where small groups or individuals can pay respect to those who died," but will also "comfortably fit a crowd of around 2,000 people" to host an annual memorial gathering, as well as other events.

More details after the break

Wilton Close / Cymon Allfrey Architects

01:00 - 23 June, 2014
Wilton Close / Cymon Allfrey Architects, © Stephen Goodenough
© Stephen Goodenough

© Stephen Goodenough © Stephen Goodenough © Stephen Goodenough © Stephen Goodenough +15

schmidt hammer lassen to Design Christchurch Central Library

00:00 - 21 March, 2014
schmidt hammer lassen to Design Christchurch Central Library, © schmidt hammer lassen architects
© schmidt hammer lassen architects

Danish schmidt hammer lassen architects has been selected with New Zealand-based Architectus to design the New Central Library in Christchurch. An “anchor project” for the city’s post-disaster Recovery Plan, which aims to resurrect Christchurch as a more “greener, accessible” city following the devastation of the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, the new library will serve as a catalyst to attract dwellers back into the city center.

Newly Released Photos of Shigeru Ban's Cardboard Cathedral in New Zealand

01:00 - 24 August, 2013
Newly Released Photos of Shigeru Ban's Cardboard Cathedral in New Zealand, © Bridgit Anderson
© Bridgit Anderson

Shigeru Ban’s Cardboard Cathedral is officially open to the public, just over two years after the crippling 6.3 magnitude earthquake ravished the New Zealand town of Christchurch. With an expected lifespan of 50 years, the temporary cathedral will serve as a replacement for the city’s iconic 1864 Anglican cathedral - one of Christchurch’s most prized landmarks - until a more permanent structure is built. 

New Urban Village Proposal / Zotov & Co

01:00 - 12 May, 2013
New Urban Village Proposal / Zotov & Co, Courtesy of Zotov & Co
Courtesy of Zotov & Co

Almost demolished after the earthquake in 2011, Christchurch center was required a renovation. The challenge for architects Zotov & Co was to recall a livable city center. After asking the question of what is needed to be happy, the architects chose nature and communication as the foundation of their concept. The center for the quarter an island covered, dense forest which concentrates all social activity. More images and architects’ description after the break.