The ultimate test in urban design resilience – Christchurch’s Earthquake

On 22 February 2011, Christchurch was struck by an earthquake. Already damaged from earthquakes in September 2010 and December 2010, as well as numerous aftershocks, the city was then faced with a massive rebuilding task.

This paper will outline what measures were put in place, both in terms of legislation and in other ways to deal with the aftermath of the earthquakes and the rebuilding. It will also look at what was done to ensure resilience of urban design, including the redesign of the CBD and other areas, and the steps to ensure building resistance to future earthquakes. The integral issue following the earthquake was how will the CBD be rebuilt and can and should a new design be mastered?

This paper will look at whether these things were achieved and what changes, if any, will occur to the design of the city.

Amanda Douglas, Partner, WynnWilliams & Co, Christchurch NZ

The 4th International Urban Design Conference 2011 
22nd and 23rd of September, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa, Queensland

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