Council proudly works with and supports city-making groups whose urban regeneration projects help make the city more vibrant.

arcade gap fillerGap Filler

Gap Filler(external link) is a creative urban regeneration initiative that delivers short-term, creative projects in Christchurch.

Working with the local community, Gap Filler activates city spaces temporarily to improve well-being, engage and connect people with each other and the city and to spark conversation around what our city needs, how it should look, work and feel. 

Volunteer for Gap Filler(external link)


The Green Labgreen rubble

The Green Lab(external link) (formally Greening the Rubble) creates and maintains temporary public parks on sites of demolished buildings and public spaces, as a positive, green sign of Christchurch's regeneration. 

Over five years Greening the Rubble has delivered a portfolio of nearly forty projects that exhibit design excellence, experience driven innovation, responsiveness and collaboration. Three principles guide every project success: resourcefulness, testing ideas and community capacity building.

Collaborate with, or sponsor, The Green Lab(external link)

festa_te putahiTe Pūtahi: Christchurch centre for architecture and city-making

Te Pūtahi(external link) works to grow people and places together. Having evolved from FESTA, Te Pūtahi focuses on the rebuild and Christchurch's ongoing renewal by creatively engaging a wide range of stakeholders and users with the making of a better city.

They also help coordinate the speaker and discussion series Christchurch Conversations(external link).

Volunteer for Te Pūtahi(external link) 

Gelato_LiVsLife in Vacant Spaces (LiVS)

(external link)Life in Vacant Spaces(external link) brokers and manages privately owned vacant spaces and buildings by finding short and medium-term uses for those spaces.

LiVS' vision is to embed temporary activity into Christchurch's new culture, recognising that such activity is highly beneficial, hugely participatory and enlivening.

Access or offer a vacant site through LiVS(external link)