Breathe Resource People

A number of design professionals generously gave their time to assist at the design workshop, incl. the following amazing people:

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

Jasper 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. He 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.

Jerome Partington, Jasmax, Auckland

Jerome is an advocate for strategic sustainability as a compelling business opportunity – asking the question ‘what does success look like and how can we achieve it?’ With a science & design training, he has worked & educated in sustainable architecture and business for twenty five years, building strong practical construction and eco technology expertise. He is focused on delivering restorative solutions for the built environment and using Integrated Sustainable Design, as a collaborative process to deliver authentic outcomes. Recently he has been led the charge to introduce The Living Building Challenge to NZ.

Justin Evert, Jasmax, Auckland

Justin Evatt is a lead Architect at JASMAX  who has been working on community centred design projects ranging from high level master planning to final project delivery, of many schools,  several  public  libraries, a recreation precinct for Otahuhu  that included a pool, library and recreation center , through to a new headquarters  for World Vision NZ, several retail and Hospitality projects and the urban streetscape work on the Britomart Transport centre.  His work is consultative and integrative driving towards the highest levels of sustainability he has been able to achieve exceptional design outcomes that are inclusive and inspiring, both for the users and the communities they serve.

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”. See the Earthsong website at

Martin Luff

Martin is committed to improving the lives of his fellow New Zealanders. Engaged in a number of community-based initiatives around Christchurch; including his work at Space Craft and the WikiHouse NZ Lab. He views these as a means to help our communities to create first-class living environments which are not only sustainable but also restorative.

A graduate in 3D/product-design, Martin then spent a periods working in both product and industrial design followed by 5 years in construction. For last 17 years he’s worked on over 300 innovative and creative projects based around a variety of digital technologies and in a number of countries. This includes work on sustainable urban design. He’s also a very long-term supporter of the International Intermediate Technology (Appropriate Technology) Development Group.

Danny Squires

Danny’s’ design Philosophy is based upon a need to create architectural, landscape & urban solutions that nurture and inspire both the user and surrounding context.

He believes, that through the application of ecological design principles on a physical, social and spiritual level, that it becomes possible to create responsive built environments that are not only sustainable in terms of their local & global impact, but create enhanced living solutions in co-operation with nature.

A graduate in architecture, Danny has worked for a range or architecture & multi-disciplinary firms in Sydney & Melbourne, Australia on a variety of projects both domestically & internationally. Highlights include lead designer for Green City Masterplan Feasibility Study, Kabul, Afghanistan and a year spent working with an international Feng Shui practitioner. More recently he has worked in the manufacturing industry managing the business development for a design focused CNC laser cutting facility and exploring the possibilities of applying mass customisation principles to the delivery of architecture.

Since Feb 2011 he has been engaged in a number of community-based initiatives around Christchurch such as Heathcote Valley ‘epicentre’ event, Green Party ‘revisioning Christchurch’ forums along with his social enterprise development work at Space Craft and the WikiHouse NZ Lab. He views these as a means to help our communities to create first-class living environments which are not only sustainable but also restorative.

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.

Craig Jarvis

Craig Jarvis.Craig has built a couple of spec houses and has designed and managed a number of building projects. In 2008, he started to realise the scale and design of our standard type house makes no sense, and realised the need for cheap, quality houses for people with little money. Craig decided that size and quality is the key, and believes that the house of the future will be small (50sqm-100sqm), well designed, extremely efficient in heat retention, produce its own electricity,and control its own waste. He hasn’t paid an electricity bill for 4 years and never will again. He has learnt with his own social experiment, that is there is a better way.

Report on our very successful integrated design workshop (21 July 2012)

Wow – this was an outstanding success, a big thank you to those of you who participated! The enthusiasm, energy and commitment brought to the event was amazing and the outcome on Saturday afternoon of all that inspired co-creation – with eight models capturing the sustainable urban village people want to see – was truly wonderful.

There is also information on our Facebook page The Viva Project.

The next stage is going to be really exciting, and at times I’m sure really scary! But as noted anthropologist Margaret Meads is reported to have said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

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With thanks and appreciation,

Lin Roberts & Jane Quigley
The Viva Project Team

A number of design professionals generously gave their time to assist at the design workshop.  We thank you and are ever grateful for your generosity!