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