In 2009, Danish urban designer Jan Gehl undertook a study of central Christchurch called "Public Space, Public Life".
The study focused on the area bounded by Kilmore Street, St Asaph Street, Rolleston Avenue and Madras Street. It considered:
- how people used Christchurch’s central-city spaces
- the quality of these public spaces
- how these could better support public life and create a better sense of community.
Becoming 'a truly vibrant and liveable city'
Gehl Architects found Christchurch had great potential to “become a truly vibrant and liveable city”. They made a number of recommendations to create a central city where the needs of people were put first.
The study suggested Christchurch should create:
- a central city where pedestrians, cyclists and public transport were given priority
- strong links between amenities
- a stronger identity for the city
- public places that were good for living, working and playing, for all age groups.
Gehl Architects’ vision for Christchurch
- a city with a strong heart
- a city centre with human pace
- a garden city that celebrates its amenities
- a city with a wide range of people and activities
- a city with attractive and inviting public spaces.
Gehl Architects: "Public Space, Public Life":
"A City for People" - The Council's action plan for the implementation of the "Public Space, Public Life" study.