Landmark Refugia: An Urban Bird Sanctuary for the Christchurch, NZ Rebuild
After the destruction of urban structures from the 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, building ruins near the Ōtākaro Avon River attracted a local endangered species, the black-billed gull, to establish a breeding colony near the city center. While the colony will be displaced by new construction, the reconstruction of the Christchurch Cathedral in the city’s center near the existing colony offers opportunities to design and construct new gull habitat where the public may easily observe nesting activity. The main research direction of Lihui Yang’s 2020 thesis is to foster awareness of the ecological value and requirements of urban spaces as protected bird habitat to promote healthy and positive relationships between humans and birds. The focus of the design work is to uncover and express possibilities to integrate the ecological, historical, cultural, and spiritual values in the rebuilding of the Christchurch Cathedral site.
Storytelling the Ōtākaro 2019
Based on Regenerate Christchurch’s plan to reinvigorate the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor and the organization’s desire to weave in a cultural trail, students endeavored to uncover the stories and themes that could be told along the river. We hope the ideas contained in this booklet—which range from conceptual designs to activities/programs—inspire imagination and provide the foundation for what’s next.
Waikakariki Futures – a “Living Eco-Laboratory”
This is an academic capstone design studio project, conducted by three MLA final year graduate students from the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington (UW), in Seattle, US. The project is lead and supervised by Professor Nancy Rottle. The project started in winter quarter 2019 with a study abroad program in New Zealand – “Post-Earthquake Urban Resilience Design in Christchurch, New Zealand”. The goal of this study abroad program was to understand and learn about the regeneration design process and strategies adopted by the City of Christchurch to respond to the devastating earthquake that struck the city in 2011. While visiting Christchurch, the capstone group identified Waikakariki aka Horseshoe Lake as a potential site for their final year project because of the cultural richness and urban-ecological complexity inherent in the site.