What better way to share what has happened in the past year, but to share the Viva Chairpersons Report – AGM – June 2016
Chris Freear : It is with much pleasure that we get to share a brief summary of Viva’s activities over the past year.
Viva! was formed 4½ years ago – as a result of the earthquakes, to influence sustainable & community-focused development in the re-build of Christchurch.
Our vision: “To Create Vibrant Urban Villages, Innovative and Inspiring Examples of Sustainable Design and Connected Community”.
During this time: we have learned much, grown the Viva community to ~500 people. People, committed to not merely fixing Christchurch – but rebuilding it, in a way that was better, more connected and resilient than before.
The past year has seen much effort by our membership to advance the Viva vision. We have put proposals for development to several organisations, shared our vision and learnings in many forums including university guest lectures and Ecoshow presentations, visited examples of buildings that are energy efficient, well designed and make use of timber in new and beautiful ways.
Unfortunately we have not yet managed to secure a project site, a quick summary of each of the projects we have worked on:
- Salisbury street social housing rebuild, CCC called for EOI from parties interested in reimagining / rebuilding part of this social housing complex. We submitted a detailed plan building strongly on our Breathe experience. After considerable delays, council has put the project on hold for the foreseeable future.
- Eagles Nest, this was another inner city site that has much potential, we progressed this to a point of having a bulk and location plan. However, the land is presently owned by a family trust and not all the trustees wanted to sell. To complicate things further one of the trustees has since past away and the site is presently seeking approval for a designation change to commercial use.
- Breathe, during the year, the Breathe Project officially died and was abandon – despite our best efforts in The Press and meeting directly with the CCDU to pressure the ‘powers that be’ to ‘give us a go.’
- East Frame and Fletcher Living, following on from our exposure in The Press we created an opportunity to pitch to Fletcher Living regarding the Vivafication of the East Frame. This encounter left us in no doubt that Fletchers words are very disconnected from their planned actions and that they are not truly interested in inspiring, innovative connected communities.
- NBCUV – We continue to act as an umbrella for the New Brighton Coastal Urban Village project which continues to make steady progress. They have now completed a landscape / bulk and location design with an innovative above ground services approach to make the ‘temporary’ occupation of a site possible (an idea we borrowed for our discussions with Fletcher Living). They are still working with CCC to try and find a site for this ground breaking approach.
We have also continued to educate and inform discussion about inspiring, innovative connected communities in a number of ways. Including a number of open home visits, public presentations and of course our regular networking meetings. In the coming year we intend to become more involved in helping develop solutions to the nationwide issue of affordable housing.
My personal thanks to everyone for their efforts this year – in particular our beloved Jane, your energy and passion for creating inspiring and connected communities continues to be the source of Viva’s power.
Jane Quigley summary:
- Land too expensive in city – $3,500 m2
- Our offer on Pump House was presented and rejected by owner.
- land is still being sort by CCC; Colliers, Mark O’Louglan of Harcourts;
- North Brighton Project continues to develop
- We had a meeting with James Legge architect from Melbourne, creator Nightingale Model and are investigating using his IP on our project.
- To the generous support from the following professionals:
Karen Overend; Steve wells; Michael Cousens; Hamish Shaw
- The members of the Viva Core Team.
I am truly grateful for all the work these people do – meeting fortnightly to make progress on behalf of us all. Everyone has their role and their own unique gifts they bring to Viva!
- And to you people, the Viva! Community
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your on going commitment and belief in the aspirations of Viva! – You are The Viva Project – and together we are making a difference..