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What Are Architects Thinking?

Media release: 12 September 2012

What Are Architects Thinking?
A Series Of Talks About Building In Post-Earthquake Christchurch

Prompted by the second anniversary of the September 2010 earthquake, and recognising the urgent desire of people in Christchurch to get on with rebuilding their homes and business premises, the city’s architects are hosting a series of free public information evenings over the next month.

In the talks, which will be held at CPIT’s Madras Street campus, more than a dozen Christchurch architectural practices will present and discuss examples of their residential and commercial work.

“Many people are impatient to proceed with building projects, but they also want to be reassured that buildings will be safe and viable and fit for purpose,” says David Hill, the chairman of the Canterbury Branch of the New Zealand Institute of Architects.

“It’s important to remember that Christchurch has a strong architectural tradition,” says Mr Hill, “and people in the city should take some confidence from this history.”

In the series of evening talks Christchurch architects will present examples of their work and discuss their thinking about building in the post-earthquake city.

“These sessions will also provide an opportunity for people to tell architects what they want from them,” says Mr Hill. “Questions and comments will be welcome.”

The series of evening talks begins on Thursday 13 September and continues weekly until 11 October. All presentations begin at 7pm.

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Many of Christchurch’s leading architectural practices are participating in the programme. The architects involved are David Smith Architects, Chaplin Crooks Architects, Sheppard & Rout Architects, Russell Devlin Solarchitect, Dalman Architecture, MAP, Gavin Willis and Bill Skews, Opus Architecture, Crispin Schurr from Christchurch City Council, Warren and Mahoney, Leadbetter Carr Architects, Van Herpt Architects, Wilson and Hill Architects, and Jasmax.


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