Transitional Christchurch

The Council is supporting a creative and innovative transition and regeneration approach through Transitional City projects and Urban Regeneration initiatives.

Transitional City Projects

wayfinding towerWayfinding Towers

The Wayfinding towers are here to help you get around the Central City.

Cathedral Square brightened by artworks

Cathedral SquareArtists Chris Heaphy and Sara Hughes were invited to create artworks as part of the Council's Cathedral Square Transitional Project, a collaboration with Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna Waiwhetu and Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu.  Listen to Sara Hughes talk about the towering flag wall. Listen to Chris Heaphy talk about his work which features signs, symbols and geometric architectural elements on a black background providing a backdrop for a whare complete with living plants.

Victoria Street's character reflected in poems, art

People sitting on a bench in Victoria StreetA new mini-park in Victoria Street offers a place of respite where people can contemplate poems that reflect on the character and culture of the street. The park is situated on the former National Radiation Laboratory site at 108 Victoria Street. Christchurch City Council has secured a lease from the Ministry of Health to use the space. There are also colourful street light pole wraps and distinctive designs on bench seats along the street.

Urban regeneration initiatives

Focusing on temporary projects to improve and activate public spaces.

Gap Filler

Gap Filler logoGap Filler is a creative urban regeneration initiative that generates temporary projects in the city. These short-term projects open up opportunities for experimentation. Working with the local community, anyone with an idea and initiative,  Gap Filler activates city spaces for temporary, creative and  public purposes proving that great things can be achieved with community power and resourcefulness.

Life in Vacant Spaces (LiVS)Life in Vacant Spaces logo

Life in Vacant Spaces manages privately owned property for landowners and finds short and medium-term uses for the vacant sites and buildings of our city. LIVS inspires local people to activate the city’s vacant areas with creative, intriguing and entrepreneurial projects. LIVS does not own properties or permanently develop sites, but rather coordinates complementary and evolving temporary uses until a future long term activity takes place.

Greening the Rubble logoGreening the Rubble

Greening the Rubble Trust is a community project which unites a team of volunteers responding creatively to the extensive damage caused by the earthquakes. Volunteers create temporary public parks and gardens on the sites of demolished buildings, usually in commercial rather than residential streets.