July 2012 Workshop

This facilitated workshop is an opportunity to create an inspirational, innovative plan for a sustainable urban village, a plan that inspires and stimulates the development of a flagship urban village that shows what is possible for Christchurch. Such a development has the potential to become an international icon.

Participants will be working in groups, sharing, generating and elaborating their ideas on what this vibrant urban village could be like, with architects recording the ideas to be reflected in the concept plans. This process will be a collaborative effort giving all people a hand in the design, and over the day each group will create a table-top model to illustrate their ideas.

At the end of the day Paul Downton will deliver a summary report that gives an overview of the day’s activities, reflecting the journeys of each group towards the project goals. Included will be a time-lapse series of images of each table-top model, prepared by a dedicated photographer.

By the end of the process, the group will have a ‘translocatable generic concept plan’ reflecting the people’s ideas that will be used to inform and inspire Christchurch inner-city developments.

Download your invitation to this inspiring and creative 2-day workshop [PDF].

Evening of Inspiration

Friday 20 July 7 – 10 pm

Inspiring speakers talking abut the amazing opportunities that exist here in Christchurch for the creation of our sustainable city.

Venue: CPIT Te Puna Wanaka, Coventry St (across Barbadoes St from the Basilica)
Cost: Koha

Integrated Sustainable Design Workshop:

Saturday 21 July 10 am – 5 pm
(Registration from 9 am)

Be part of the creation of an innovative plan for a sustainable urban village, a plan that inspires a leading edge development, showcasing what’s possible for Christchurch. Workshop steered by Paul Downton (www.ecopolis.com.au), architect from Adelaide with an international reputation in sustainable design.

Venue: CPIT Te Puna Wanaka, Coventry St (across Barbadoes St from the Basilica)
Cost: $25 Waged; $10 Unwaged
Includes a vegetarian lunch with vegan/gluten free option.

Only 100 places available!

Please register and pay online by Wednesday 18 July

From your own internet banking account, make payment to:
S&H Assn Canterbury
03 0802 0093771 00
Put Viva and your name in the reference field.


Paul F Downton BSc(Hons) BArch(Wales) PhD Architect

Architect Paul F Downton.Architect, Writer, Urban Evolutionary

Prize-winning architect, writer, international speaker, green building pioneer and early advocate for action on climate change. His projects include a keynote green building for the Australian National University and the internationally awarded Christie Walk development. Founder of Urban Ecology Australia, his ecocity vision is supported by years of working with communities.

With a doctorate in Environmental Studies and 30 years experience teaching architecture, Paul is an acknowledged world leader in sustainable city theory.

He is a major contributor to the Australian government’s ‘Your Home Technical Manual’. His book ‘Ecopolis: Architecture and Cities for a Changing Climate’ was published in 2009. The first ebook in Paul’s new ‘Ecocity’ series will be published this year.

Dr Glen Koorey

Dr Glen Koorey.Glen is a Senior Lecturer in Transportation at the University of Canterbury. He specialises in road safety, speed management, and sustainable transport, and has studied many places overseas to try to determine how transport and land-use can contribute to successful cities and urban developments.

Jasper van der Lingen BArch (Hons) FNZIA

Architect Jasper van der Linden.Jasper is a director of Sheppard & Rout Architects, a member of the Christchurch urban design panel and an immediate past chairman of the Canterbury branch of the NZIA.

Jasper has lived and worked in Christchurch for virtually his whole life and is committed to seeing the best possible outcome for Christchurch post quake.

He has a passionate and strong interest in quality of design at all scales and in particular the promotion and implementation of sustainable solutions and outcomes.

Jasper is particularly interested in how buildings are integrated into a context and help form the unique identity, memory and cultural setting of a place in a sustainable way.

Robin Allison

Robin Allison.Robin Allison is the initiator and development coordinator of Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood, an internationally recognised 32-home cohousing neighbourhood in West Auckland committed to both social and environmental sustainability. With her background as an architect, Robin coordinated the development, design and construction of Earthsong, including both internal group processes and external consultants and contractors. Robin is a fellow of the New Zealand Social Entrepreneur Fellowship, and was profiled in the recently published book “How Communities Heal”.

Russell Devlin

Russell Devlin.Russell is a Registered Architect and director of Solarchitect ltd. and is ‘famous’ for saying that he gets most of his best ideas from his clients.

He brings to The Viva Project a commitment to passive solar design and to Environmentally Sustainable Design principles throughout his career. He is also a NZGBC HomeStar Practitioner.