The Study focused on the area bounded by Kilmore Street, St Asaph Street, Rolleston Avenue and Madras Street and considered how people used Christchurch’s Central City spaces, assessed the quality of these public spaces and how these could better sustain public life and create a better sense of community.
Gehl Architects found Christchurch had great potential to “become a truly vibrant and liveable city” and made a number of recommendations to create a central city where the needs of people are put first.
The Study suggested Christchurch look at creating a Central City where pedestrians, cyclists and public transport are given priority, there are strong links between amenities, a strengthening of the city’s identity and the creation of public places which are good for living, working and playing for all age groups.
Gehl Architects’ vision for Christchurch was:
- A City with a strong heart
- A City Centre with human pace
- A Garden City the celebrates it amenities
- A City with a wide range of people and activities
- A City with attractive and inviting public space
Read the full report - Public Space Public Life Study
Part one [PDF 12.9 MB]
Part two [PDF 13.1 MB]
Summary of the Public Space Public Life Study [PDF 13.4MB]