Daily Archives: February 14, 2011

‘Let’s build a better Canterbury’ . . .

BEFORE AFTER is an exhibition and discussion series that explores the built environment and seeks to connect with the public. The aim is to work with the public in identifying opportunities to create a better and more liveable region after the Canterbury Earthquake.

Christchurch Art Gallery
12 February – 20 March

Environmental Planning – making the right use of our land
Urban Design – thinking about the space between our buildings
Heritage & Character – asking what should be happening to our older buildings
Residential – thinking about housing options
Transport & Infrastructure – ensuring all can get around efficiently


BEFORE AFTER has been initiated by the New Zealand Institute of Architects in an attempt to reflect and expand on different ideas for rebuilding Canterbury after the region took a battering from the forces of nature.

“The intention is to continue the momentum of public engagement, to think about the city and the wider region; how it was, how it is and how it could be. At this point we have a choice: do we just replicate what we had before with all its good and bad points, or do we use this occasion to reassess where we are and try to improve our region?”


What can heritage city Dunedin learn from the Canterbury quake experience? Are registered architects in the best position to provide balance and leadership? What and who do they represent? Do they speak for the local community? Haven’t architects given away this role in previous decades? Do we trust them with our place? Is this another marketing scrabble by accredited architects to reclaim ‘ground’ from others active in the design and build sector?

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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Earthquake proneness

Jason Ingham has been investigating the failure of building stock during the Christchurch earthquake, in particular the fate of unreinforced masonry buildings.

### ODT Online Mon, 14 Feb 2011
Opinion: Taking masonry’s measure
By Jason Ingham
The significant damage caused by the Darfield Earthquake has focused attention firmly on buildings that may be at higher risk in an earthquake. The performance of unreinforced and retrofitted masonry buildings has been of particular interest and observations from the Darfield earthquake are extremely relevant to Dunedin, Queenstown, to all of New Zealand and to earthquake prone zones internationally.
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Jason Ingham, associate professor in the department of civil engineering, University of Auckland, and member of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering management committee. He will be presenting his findings at a seminar in Queenstown today, organised by NZSEE.


Monday 14 February 2011
Seismic Assessment & Improvement of Buildings & Foundations – Queenstown
This seminar will report on the findings from a six year study that acquired experimental information and developed techniques for performing detailed seismic assessment of buildings and their foundations, and associated methods for improving their performance if assessed to be seismically deficient.
More information (via IPENZ)

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