Christchurch Conversations is a programme of free events that invites local and international thought leaders to share their views and ideas about our city’s future.

Christchurch Conversations brings relevant, interesting, internationally renowned civic experts to Christchurch to inspire and challenge us. The experts engage local communities and professionals in conversation during their visit, alongside a free public lecture. This series seeks to encourage civic awareness and to engage the public and different interest groups to consider different approaches to city-making.

Events are free and all are welcome.

Thriving through placemaking with Ethan Kent

Ethan Kent is a leader in the global placemaking movement, having worked on over 200 projects in his 20-year career with Project for Public Spaces. He has been integral to the development of placemaking as a transformative approach to economic development, environmentalism, transportation planning, governance, resilience, equity and design.

In this Christchurch Conversation, Ethan expands our understanding of placemaking as a transformative way of improving cities. Through a broad focus on creating quality places, placemaking builds the shared value, community capacity, and cross-sector collaboration that is the bedrock of resilient cities and thriving communities.

The  lecture will be followed by a panel discussion with Ethan in conversation with local and national placemakers, including Frith Walker (Panuku), Ryan Reynolds (Gap Filler), Debbie Tikao (Matapopore) and Patrick Fontein (Studio D4).

Ethan’s Christchurch Conversation is presented in association with Panuku Development,  Auckland with support from Resene.

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Delivered by Te Pūtahi: Christchurch centre for architecture and city-making and Christchurch City Council.

This event will be recorded. You can watch our previous Christchurch Conversations here.(external link)