John Suckling, Chairman, ReStart, Christchurch to speak at this year’s Urban Design Conference in Melbourne

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John Suckling

In Christchurch, New Zealand, Re:START have used shipping crates to form a temporary retail center on the site of the Cashel Mall that was destroyed in the 2011 earthquake.

Having received funding from the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal and ASB bank, Re:START created the project in order to stimulate economic recovery and tourism in the city center while plans are made for a more permanent use of the space.

The precinct currently features 27 shops, including a variety of retailers and two cafés, and a series of concerts were used to mark its opening, which coincided with the activity and excitement around this year’s New Zealand Cup and Show week.

Mayor Bob Parker believes the mall will restore pride in the city, saying “is the beginning of our city making the most extraordinary comeback”. The video below shows the temporary mall in more detail:

The  5th International Urban Design Conference 2012 – The Hilton on the Park, Melbourne, Victoria 10th to the 12th of September – 2012 – www.urbandesignaustralia.com.au

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