The New Zealand Experience of a Design-Led Approach to Post-Earthquake Recovery in Christchurch

Diane Brand, Natalie Allen, Greer O’Donnell


This paper evaluates the masterplan for Christchurch which was conceived in the wake of the 2011 earthquakes, against projects completed in the intervening 8 years, paying special attention to three key objectives of the blueprint: a low-rise/compact core, a green city, and an accessible city. The paper finds that the design-led, top down, recovery approach forms a minimal framework for recovery, and that successful regeneration following the recovery phase will require significant community engagement and coherent governance.

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