News and April Networking Meeting Invitation


We are very happy to announce that The Viva Project, along with Whyte Construction, have submitted an Expression of Interest for a plot of land to build a sustainable urban village on the East Frame of Christchurch City!


Our Next Networking Meeting – Monday 28 April

You are invited to join us on Monday 28 April 2014 to hear inspiring speakers and be involved in discussions to promote sustainable developments in the rebuilding of Christchurch.

VENUE: Pegasus Arms (upstairs room), 14 Oxford Terrace (near the hospital). Access is off Tuam St & Oxford Tce (map).
DATE:    Monday 28 April 2014
TIME:     5:30 – 7:30pm

  • Greg Thomson of True Green Homes ( – specialists in passive, affordable and low energy home construction. The homes are based on the German Passivhaus standard for energy efficiency in building.  Construction practice is rigorously measured and assessed to achieve this standard.
  • Karen Overendour legal representative from Duncan Cotterill ( and specialist in property development will speak on appropriate legal structures for developing our sustainable urban village.  This will lead into a general discussion of thoughts and ideas for our new village in the East Frame.  We will be establishing a working party of keen members who want to be actively involved in creating this village.
  • Robert Whitehead – Post Grad student University of Canterbury, has recently worked on our website, (for which we are very grateful). He will give a brief presentation of the Viva! website redesign process.

Drinks & bar food will be available for purchase. Call 366 0600 or email for dinner reservation following the meeting.

RSVP to Jane Quigley by Friday 25 April.
Feel free to pass this invitation on to anyone else you think may be interested.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Results of Breathe Urban Village Competition

The Viva! Project was absolutely delighted to be a finalist in the Breathe Urban Village Competition, and congratulate the winning team, Rome-based Anselmi Attiani Associated Architects who teamed up with the Cresco Group and Riccarton-based Holloway Builders, for their outstanding effort in creating a design for leading-edge residential living in Christchurch.


The Viva Sustainable Urban Village Project is an exciting development initiated by a group of like-minded Christchurch people who are passionate about their city and are committed to making a real difference following the devastating earthquakes.

Guided by our vision ”To create a vibrant urban village – an innovative and inspiring example of sustainable design and connected community”, the core community team including a number of volunteer design professionals have run numerous integrated design workshops with hundreds of passionate Christchurch people.  The outcomes from these workshops have been tightly aligned with many ideas coming out of the CCC ‘Share an Idea’ initiative and helped set the benchmark of what is wanted by people living in the new Christchurch.

As an example, a central ‘heart’ space as part of a site layout supports a strongly connected community and is designed as a contrast to the urban context.  Our Breathe entry features numerous other strong social, environmental and affordability innovations.


We thank the competition organisers and our partners Jasmax, Arcus Developments, WT Partnership, eCubed Building Workshop and MLB Consulting for the extraordinary opportunity that the collaboration on the Breathe Urban Village competition provided.

Together we will create a beautiful, ‘people-led’ Christchurch that is viable, liveable, innovative and distinctly sustainable!

For more information please contact:
Jane Quigley (Ph 0274 592 371,
or Jürg Hönger (ph 021 633 130,