Christchurch: The Transitional City Pt IV

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Don’t be put off by probably the plainest cover I have ever seen on a book, delve inside and you’ll be captivated. This is a significant, inspiring piece of publishing, something to treasure especially by all whom have been affected by the Christchurch earthquakes, but also to the wider NZ community. I shall value my copy. – Graham Beattie

This book is a collection of 153 temporary and transitional projects that have occurred in Christchurch since September 2010.  It illustrates a city dealing with the tragic loss of people and the massive changes to its urban fabric that includes losing 80% of its central city buildings and over 4000 residential houses, and the hopes, frustrations, and dreams that all this entails.

The book profiles many types of projects including: acts of protest, improvised community constructions, artworks both legal and improvised,  bars, cafes, temporary stadiums and shopping centres, and much much more. It is the first book to compile these important projects, and is an historically important document. It is also something of a how-to manual that will contribute to the intelligent and creative rediscovery of Christchurch City.

Size: 210mm x 210mm x 50mm

Pages: 328

ISBN:  978-0-473-22761-6

Books are now available in: Scorpio Books, HAPA, Christchurch City Gallery, Addington Coffee Co-op, and selected Paper Plus stores. In Wellington: Unity Books and Capital Books. In Auckland: TimeOut and Auckland City Gallery.

[A very limited first edition was made especially for the inaugural Festival of Transitional Architecture  with generous support of the Warren Trust, and Kiwibank.  This first run has now sold out. But a revised edition is now available for sale]



Graham Beattie’s full review:

Bronwyn  Hayward, Scoop Review of Books:

Article from the Press Saturday 15th December





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