The Last Year with Viva

VivaLogoWhat 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:

  • Jasmax/Viva-NorthEntrySalisbury 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.

HUGE THANKS

  • 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..

 

 

 

 

VIVA AGM Monday 27 June

Viva Networking meeting and short AGM
Focus on Building Costs

5.30-7.30  Monday 27 June 2016
Pegasus Arms,14 Oxford Terrace
(hospital end) Access off Tuam St or Oxford Tce (map)
RSVP to Jane Quigley (
bjanequigley@gmail.com)

Housing Affordability

Our huge building costs are making housing unaffordable to many New Zealanders. Over the next few months we will explore why this is and the alternatives.                                  

Park HomesAt our AGM we will have an informal discussion on ParkHomes, (www.ParkHomes.co.nz), with creator Paul Hennessey. Paul has designed an innovative way to deal with TC3 land creating a warm, well insulated, compact home that does not cost the earth

SUBS DUE!
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For your reference:

The Viva! Project
Our vision: “Creating Vibrant Urban Villages, Innovative and Inspiring Examples of Sustainable Design and Connected Community”

 

Innovating in Melbourne Apartments

The Commons, a precursor to the Nightingale apartment projects, is built and occupied. It showed the Melbourne financial model works

The Commons, a precursor to the Nightingale apartment projects, is built and occupied. It showed the Melbourne financial model works

Better, cheaper apartments in Melbourne might provide New Zealand with a model. WILL HARVIE reports in The Press

Architects design, they don’t develop. But in Melbourne a group of architects are getting into the development game and doing it their way, an ethical way.

“We are not trying to squeeze out every last dollar,” says James Legge, a founding director of Six Degrees Architects and a key player in the Nightingale model of sustainable apartment development.

nightingale

The planned Nightingale One apartment project. Could you live here?

“Our cities and their inhabitants deserve beautiful, well-built and well-sized homes designed for real life,” reads the Nightingale website. “At present, the market is not delivering this and as long as the current formula remains profitable, there is no incentive to raise the bar on the status quo.”

The Nightingale social enterprise model starts with about 20 ethical investors. Some of these are architects – mid-career designers who can manage a $100,000 investment, says Legge – but others are sophisticated investors who lean toward doing good with their money….

rooftop garden

The rooftop garden on the precursor project called The Commons.

…It turns out that the model works well with buildings four or five stories high and 20 to 30 units. These buildings are in the “European mode”, Legge says, small enough that all living there will know each other and still having a connection to the street. “It’s not like they’re living in the sky,” he says….

… Purchasers also must participate in Nightingale’s financial model. They’re getting well-designed apartments at low cost but they signed contracts that forbid flipping for a quick buck. Owners must sell to people on the database and they get only the original purchase price, the value of any improvements plus a bump calculated from indexed apartment price rises from the surrounding neighbourhood. “There’s no windfall for the first seller,” Legge says by phone from Melbourne…

James Legge will be speaking at Green Building Council’s Sustainable Housing Summit in Auckland on June 15 and Christchurch on June 17. 

Rosemary reflects: Love their model – engaging people in the process of design, bypassing some of the underlying costs by combining functions, and limiting the way apartments can be on sold to avoide speculation 

Read the whole article here