Christchurch Rebuild – NZIA Urban Design Recommendations
Project: Submission to Government and the Christchurch City Council
Client: New Zealand Institute of Architects
This was accomplished by having small groups collaborating to address and model indicative developments on case study sites around the city that would illustrate the some of the precinct based urban design principles we were proposing (to the extent each group had BIM modelling capability).
I would act as model manager for this process, translating and tweaking the models from various platforms as required for completeness and visual consistency, while also designing and modelling one precinct case study development myself (in collaboration with Sir Miles Warren).
I collated and edited these, using them and the rendered illustrations as a basis for a written submission on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of Architects proposing a series of measures and principles to guide a design led rebuild for the city.
It was gratifying that some aspects of our thinking (particularly around the use of urban design precincts, and contracting the footprint of the CBD) were subsequently implemented by Council and government as official policy (via CERA), though with little official acknowledgement or dialogue with us at the time.
Regrettably many ideas that we felt offered great potential disappeared without a trace.