The Christchurch City Council, Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and CERA/CCDU development have teamed together to launch an international competition this week. The competition is to design and build a new Urban Village in the Christchurch CBD, to be located on the corner of Madras and Gloucester Streets. Entrants will have to design a medium-density residential complex that features a variety of housing options and shows sustainability, affordability and good ol’ kiwi innovation. Mayor Bob Parker said pre-registrations had already drawn 130 responses from architects around the world. “The winner of this competition will not only be creating a new place of living in our Central City but also a catalyst for change in the way the world thinks about communities and lifestyle choices.” Mr Parker says the eyes of the world are on Christchurch as it redevelops. “We have been given a chance to change our living environment and as a city we need to embrace that opportunity.” Entries close 15 January 2013 for phase one where three teams will be chosen and given $20,000 to complete developed design.
Source:, 15 October 2012 (AG)


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