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Hamilton is here, DUD

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Sat, 4 Apr 2015 at 10:20 a.m.

█ Message: Local shop owners blame lack of free parking and rising costs for “demise” of Hamilton’s CBD.

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The Central Business District of Hamilton is looking a little gloomy, with for lease signs up in many shop windows.

### Stuff.co.nz Last updated 05:00, April 4 2015
Hamilton central-city retail space sits empty
By Rachel Thomas and Nancy El-Gamel
Twenty per cent of ground level central Hamilton retail space is empty. Local shop owners are blaming lack of free parking and rising costs, while business leaders are pointing fingers at absentee landlords, sub-standard buildings and an inability to compete with lower rents at The Base.

The Base is New Zealand’s largest shopping Centre based in Te Rapa, 7 km North of Hamilton CBD.

To quantify what the average shopper sees [in the CBD], the Waikato Times counted all ground floor premises in the block within Hood St, Victoria St, Angelsea St and Liverpool St, finding that of 524 premises, the 104 empty ones outnumbered the 67 locally owned and operated stores in the area. […] Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker acknowledged the CBD needed desperate attention, and said council was taking a “holistic approach” to the problem. […] “For the city centre to be successful it must be commercially and economically successful and over the last few decades most reports have focused on physical changes, so we have started with an economic analysis and looked at the trend since 2001 in terms of the economy.
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How many other places – like Dunedin – mirror Hamilton ?

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

*Images: Waikato Times/Stuff – Hamilton CBD [screenshots from video]

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WebUrbanist on steel shipping container reuse

### weburbanist.com 26 May 2008
Architecture & Design
10 Clever Architectural Creations Using Cargo Containers: Shipping Container Homes and Offices
By Urbanist
With the green theme growing in popularity across every stretch of the world, more and more people are turning to cargo container homes for green alternatives for office, and even new home, construction. There are countless numbers of empty, unused shipping containers around the world just sitting on the shipping docks and taking up space. The reason for this is that it’s too expensive for a country to ship empty containers back to the their origin in most cases, it’s just cheaper to buy new containers from Asia. The result is an extremely high surplus of empty shipping containers that are just waiting to become someone’s home or office.
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Related links at WebUrbanist:
14.12.09 30 Cargo Container Offices, Stores and Businesses
1.12.09 30 Steel Shipping Container House & Home Designs
25.8.08 Design or Buy Shipping Container Homes
1.6.08 More Awesome Shipping Container Homes

Photo source: WebUrbanist

The grey-coloured cliffside house at Happy Valley (pictured above) was Wellington’s first container house. It was designed by Ross Stevens, one of New Zealand’s leading industrial designers. Stevens is a senior lecturer at the School of Design, Victoria University.

Further information:
House Location Map
20.4.08 New Photographs by Tim Stephens
23.5.08 Inhabitat article

ResearchArchive @ Victoria
Sustainability in Prefabricated Architecture: A Comparative Life Cycle Analysis of Container Architecture for Residential Structures (2010)
[Master of Architecture Thesis]
Author: Palma Olivares, Alejo Andres
Advisor: Robert Vale

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