The Christchurch Press gave some coverage to Minister Gerry Brownlee who “slates Breathe Urban Village”, VIVA! Responds below
A $30 million urban village planned for central Christchurch “should never have started in the first place”, Gerry Brownlee says.
Construction of the Breathe residential development was due to start in April, but the developers have not yet applied for building consents and there has been no news on the project for months.
Brownlee, who is the Earthquake Recovery Minister, criticised the the eco-friendly, timber-clad village project on Newstalk ZB Friday morning…. More more if you really want to
Christchurch, when do we get our say?
Jane Quigley of The ViVA! Project responded like this:
I’m confused? Minister Brownlee says Breathe Urban Village (Competition?) “should never have started in the first place”. Has the $100’s and $1000’s of dollars spent on the designs of the 58 NZ and International entries all been wasted?
The Breathe Urban Village Competition gave such hope following the earthquakes; it was meant to be the first anchor project built, something we could all be proud of.
The Viva/Jasmax entry, I was involved in, was one of the finalists. We held 8 design workshops – Christchurch community working with design professionals to create a design the people would be happy to live in. Ours was a sustainable and community focused village.
Now we have Fletcher, chosen above local bids, to develop the east and north frame precincts. “it’s a pretty sad day for Canterbury”.
Viva! is pursuing other land options and remains ready and willing to build however our success needs to be a whole community collaboration. No one group can successfully create our future in isolation – not CERA, CCC, Ngāi Tahu, Fletcher, nor the people of Christchurch.
Let’s work together with kindness, respect and co-operation, allowing trust and the creativity to arise – then we can create the city we will be proud of. Our community making a difference and showcasing what is possible in our City.
The following letter was published in the Christchurch Press recently
Viva Ready and Willing
In 2012 an innovative competition was launched to find a winning design for a sustainable urban village in Christchurch. The competition gave hope following the earthquakes and reflected feedback from the Share an Idea Forum.
The entry from the Viva community, with Jasmax, was one of the four finalists. The Viva Project involves Christchurch people wanting to make a difference in the city they love, building examples of modern day sustainable, community focused urban villages.
We had detailed plans, based on extensive community consultation, and 80 parties wanting to buy/purchase in the village. However we did not submit final plans as more time was required to solve the tricky issues of land damage and affordability.
In October 2013 an Italian consortium, partnered with Holloway Builders, were announced winners from over 57 NZ and International entries. There has been little heard of them since although clear expectations were conveyed to the finalists that construction should begin within months of the award.
Viva is pursuing other land options and remains ready and willing to build, but what has happened to Breath
Christchurch, let’s find a way to deliver on the intentions of the Competition. Our community making a difference and showcasing what is possible in our City.