Temporary pop-up architecture helping to boost spirits in earthquake-stricken Christchurch

Temporary pop-up architecture helping to boost spirits in earthquake-stricken Christchurch

”But recent initiatives show that progress is possible. As architectural ambassador—a role he took on mere days after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake rocked Christchurch and its suburbs on September 4, 2010—Athfield has helped organize local architects into think-tank groups to address issues of land use, housing, transportation, and urban planning following earthquakes (by a government estimate, New Zealand averages 20,000 minor tremors a year, with 200 of these strong enough to be sensed). Many of these initiatives are small, temporary interventions. A series of provisional structures for entertainment erected by the year-old non-profit group Gap Filler, for example, attempts to tackle the problem of dwindling morale. A new Gap Filler scheme, which opened on February 9, is an open-air cinema powered entirely by stationary cyclists on a series of metal-and-cinderblock stands. ...

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