Floating Houses an Option in the Red Zone

Kristina Hill – Floating options: Creative adaptation in cities

Thursday 20 July 2017, 6:00 – 7.30pm
The Piano, 156 Armagh Street

Doors, bar and coat check open from 5:00pm

Kristina Hill is Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Environmental Planning and Urban Design at Berkeley.

Her current research focus is urban resilience in the changing global environment, particularly around climate change, sea level rise, and development to enhance a city’s ability to recover from disaster events.

Hill will discuss her recent work in the San Francisco Bay Area – a region that, like Christchurch, is challenged by a rising water table in a seismic zone.

She’ll share strategies for addressing these issues and describe recent engineering experiments used in geologic hazard areas in California.

How could Christchurch adapt to the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change? What new designs and responses might work for the red zone?

Watch a 25 minute YouTube video to learn more about Hill’s research.
Hybrid Edges: A Typology of Coastal Adaptation Strategies, June 2014(External link)

 

https://engage.regeneratechristchurch.nz/christchurch-conversations

Read more here

Minutes of the Viva Project AGM 10th July 2017 @ Pegasus Arms

Present:

Jane Quigley, Jurg Honger, Chris Freear, Rosemary Neave, Yvonne Pasea, Diana Moir, Pauline Wayman, Marney Ainsley, Geoff Ridley, Geoff Butcher, Lin Roberts, David Guthrey, Judith Shearer, Blair, Natalie

Apologies:

Cynthia Roberts, Bev Sheppard, Julie Grenville

Minutes of the last AGM 27th June 2016 were read and confirmed as a true and correct record with one amendment that Marney Ainsley was present, not an apology.

Moved – Rosemary Neave  Seconded – David Guthrey

Viva Report for year ended July 2017 was read by co convener Jurg Honger.

Moved that the report be received and placed in the minutes – Jurg Honger

Agreed

Treasurer’s report was presented by Rosemary.

Moved that the report be received – Rosemary Neave Seconded – Geoff Butcher

Agreed

It was noted that the loan money that was received some time ago is included in these accounts. Therefore there is a creditor that needs to be shown in next year’s accounts.

Nominations for Core Group

Lin Roberts                            Rosemary Neave                   Colin Muerk

Pauline Wayman                   Jurg Honger                           Jane Quigley

David Guthrey                       Bev Sheppard

Chris Freear                           Geoff Butcher

The nominations were accepted and endorsed unanimously by the meeting.

Nominations for Co-Convener

Jane Quigley  Jurg Honger

The nominations were accepted and endorsed unanimously by the meeting.

 

Nomination for Treasurer

Rosemary Neave

The nomination was accepted and endorsed unanimously by the meeting.

General Business

Marney asked that the monthly meetings be continued. She remarked on the importance of the meetings to maintain interest, generate networks and increase people’s awareness of the Viva project. It was agreed that this needs to be a priority.

Meeting Closed 6.20pm

 

 

Viva Agm 2017 – read all about it…

Here is Jurg’s report for this year’s AGM – a good summary of what we have done:

Viva Report – AGM – July 2017

Jürg: Welcome to this year’s Viva Project AGM. It is with much pleasure that we share a brief summary of Viva’s activities over the past year.

Viva! was formed 5½ 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 networked and connected with more people, learned much, and grown the Viva community to ~600 people. The community now includes people from all around New Zealand and the world, but of course mostly local people who don’t merely want to “fix Christchurch” – but rebuild it in a way that is better, more connected and resilient than before.

Throughout the year, we continued looking for land to start the development of our first inner city village, and although it got close a couple of times, we are still looking. In July/August last year there was an interesting piece of land on the corner of Madras and Kilmore streets for sale, which in the end unfortunately went to auction (very difficult for us to bid at an auction). In October, we put in an offer for land in Opawa (Bunyan Street), which unfortunately wasn’t accepted. This land is still for sale, however in our recent bus trip and subsequent workshop the community expressed a strong preference for a more central site.

The bus trip also took us to the old Bowling Club site in Salisbury Street, which is probably currently our most interesting inner city site! In the workshop following the bus trip we estimated how much a home, incl. land would likely cost in this location and very disappointingly, the prices would be outside the reach of many people in our community! Thanks to the great work from Geoff Butcher (our economist on the core team), Steven Wells (our QS) and most recently Mitchell Cole (an architect in our community) we now have some good models of working out land, design and construction costs, and resulting house prices. It is REALLY hard to make these numbers stack up and create affordable homes for our community! The most significant cost component are for the construction materials and labour, so we’re planning an in-depth workshop on this in the very near future. There must be a way!!

We also approached (again) the CCC, plus their commercial development arm – Development Christchurch Ltd (DCL) late last year, for any opportunities to collaborate. Their vision for Christchurch is at least partially aligned with ours, and they are expecting to take over significant land parcels from the CCC for development, however as their development manager Camia Young said herself: “Don’t hold your breath …”!

We had some very interesting networking meetings throughout the year. Highlights included Colin Meurk’s talk on landscaping in a co-housing environment, Nick Hubbard on the merits of building with Structural Insulated Panels or SIPs, and one of my favourites, the end of year quiz!

We explored the Nightingale Model, which might support us in the future with their interesting approach to financing and ownership. The model was developed by a group of Australian architects. There is now a local Christchurch group as well (not active?).

About 50 of you responded to our online survey about what you think is important for the Viva Project. Thank you for your thoughts – they are now guiding our direction.

All this would not be possible without the hard work by our core team members! Please can you all stand up now (there is … and …, etc., plus list the ones who couldn’t make it tonight).

Thank you all for your dedication and commitment. I particularly enjoy our early morning meetings at Black Betty’s and the friendship we now share! Without this, I for one would have given up by now! The other reason why we are still going, and going stronger than ever maybe is our powerhouse JANE! Her unwavering passion and drive has us all inspired to pursue our vision and get our damn first village built!

Thank you!

On behalf of the Viva community I also acknowledge the generous support from our professionals on the team – Karen Overend, Steven Wells, Mitchell Cole, and most recently Rob Churcher from Arcus.

 

We will need you all in the future!

And last but not least, 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.

Jane Quigley and Jürg Hönger
Co-convenors The Viva! Project

“Tesla of Eco-Villages” being built in Europe

An Off-Grid Community Producing its Own Food, Water and Electricity

The world’s first off-grid village, capable of producing its own energy, water and food, is set to be erected in Almere, the Netherlands, as early as this summer. ReGen Villages, in partnership with Danish architecture firm Effekt, will help address a number of the world’s pressing issues; the rising population, climate change and limited resources.

By 2050, nearly 10 billion people will live on Earth. As a result, regenerative housing and community development that can provide clean water, healthy food sources, waste removal and scarce arable land will be needed, in order to sustain the human population.

“We’re really looking at a global scale,” says ReGen CEO, James Ehrlich, referring to it as the ‘Tesla of eco-villages’.

Living Sustainably

The off-grid villages will feature a number of greenhouses that would allow residents to grow food and recycle waste. Some of the greenhouses will feature high-tech vertical farms and indoor vegetable gardens. A number of outdoor seasonal gardens will also be integrated into the village.

Greenhouses for growing food and recycling wasteA number of greenhouses allow residents to grow food and recycle waste.

Resident waste will be recycled and used to feed livestock and soldier flies – a sustainable source of food for the fish – while the fish waste will be used to fertilize an aquaculture system, which in turn feeds the indoor garden plants. Finally, livestock waste will fertilize the outdoor seasonal gardens. Ehrlich says:

We are redefining residential real-estate development by creating these regenerative neighbourhoods, looking at first these greenfield pieces of farmland where we can produce more organic food, more clean water, more clean energy, and mitigate more waste than if we just left that land to grow organic food or do permaculture there.

Read the Full Article here

Designed for life: re-inventing apartment living – the Nightingale Model

On Radio NZ 9 May 2017

Nightingale Housing was formed by a group of leading Australian architects to build quality apartments with shared facilities – at prices that don’t cost the earth. Could the model work in New Zealand?

Read another article on our site about Nightingale here

Listen to Radio NZ interview here  

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

Visit some Christchurch Superhomes

Have you dreamt of living in a warm home that doesn’t cost you a cent for electricity?

During May you will be able to get an idea of what it would be like to live in such a home when the owners of 10 of Christchurch’s greenest houses throw their doors open to the public.

The homes, which incorporate features such as solar powered central heating, grey water recycling and fibre glass windows, are being showcased as part of a free Exemplar Homes Tour organised by the Superhome Movement, in partnership with the Christchurch City Council.

“Many people building or renovating want to build to a higher design and performance standard than legally required because they want warm, energy efficient homes but often they’re uncertain about what products are out there or where to start,’’ says Tony Moore, the Council’s Principal Sustainability Advisor.

“The aim of the Exemplar Homes Tour is to allow people to see first-hand how sustainable, energy efficient design can be incorporated into a build without compromising on style or costing too much. At each home people will be able to speak to the designers or builders and get ideas for how they could create their own superhome,’’ Mr Moore said.

Homes featured in the free self-guided tour include:

  • A luxurious high performance home in Riccarton that was built in only three days using off-site and Passive House building methods.
  • An ultra-low energy beachside home in New Brighton that has heat recovery ventilation, grey water recycling, fibre glass windows and an insulated heated floor.
  • A Sumner home that has zero power bills, rain water collection, passive solar design and energy efficient appliances, walls, windows and foundations.
  • A central city townhouse that has an innovative low-impact foundation system and showcases all aspects of modern, sustainable energy efficient design.

People can tour the homes every weekend in May between 11am and 4pm.
See a map of the homes here

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!
Bring your $20 VIva Subscription   (or click here to pay online)

For your reference:

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

 

Exemplar Homes Self Guided tour in May

11 CHURCH SQUARESeven of Christchurch’s most innovative & sustainable homes will be opened to the public in May to show you leading edge building options.

The FREE Exemplar Homes Tour will allow people to see inside a selection of homes built to showcase sustainable and affordable design.

  • 11 Church Square, Addington
  • 9 Church Square, Addington
  • 94 Hills Rd, Edgeware
  • 94 Westminster St, St Albans
  • 24 Fovant Street, Russley
  • 508 Manchester Street
  • 67 Te Rito St, Prestons

Tour runs every weekend in May.
No need to register;
visit in any order you like
11am – 4pm Saturdays and Sundays 7 – 29 May

MORE INFORMATION

We want people to experience these homes for themselves, see the technologies at work and help them to understand that it is possible to build better quality homes at little or no additional cost,” said Christchurch City Council Principal Advisor – Sustainability Tony Moore.  “If people are thinking about building new homes we want them to be making informed choices and building healthy, sustainable homes. A visit to these seven exemplar homes will help inspire them

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4 April Networking Meeting

Monday 4 April 2016 at Pegasus Arms 5.30 – 7.30
(near the hospital) … access is off Tuam St or Oxford Tce.

Come and hear about the exciting land opportunity
at our next meeting!

Amongst our line up of speakers this month you will hear:

Sustainable eco-house in Paris with a flexible design.

Sustainable eco-house in Paris with a flexible design.
Click on the image to link to the article.

  • Community focused Architect Hamish Shaw unveiling ideas for a village on land in a regenerating area of our City – lots of opportunity here! (Come and register your interest in being part of this exciting project and book for the first site planning meeting!)
  • Green Developer, Jane Quigley, will briefly summarize the Cohousing book by Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett. While recovering from her broken ankle she “got” why a “Breathe Viva Village” would never have worked and why by following the Cohousing manual we can create a truly successful village.

Drinks & bar food will be available for purchase. Call 366 0600 or email orders@pegasus-arms.co.nz for dinner reservation following the meeting.

RSVP to Jane Quigley bjanequigley@gmail.com

Feel free to pass this invitation on to anyone else you think may be interested.

Co-Housing New Zealand – a new national network

co-housingnzOver 30 years ago I lived in a community at St Pauls Anglican Vicarage.  Tim Gummer was one of those people, and we have recently reconnected around contemporary Co-Housing in New Zealand – what goes around comes around it seems.

Tim is behind a small group in Auckland, and set up a facebook group.

In late December he set up a website http://cohousing.org.nz/ to help develop an ecosystem for communities in New Zealand to connect and develop, as a new generation of cohousing emerges here.

It’s early days for the site but like a few properties it’s… ‘full of potential’. Check out http://cohousing.org.nz/communities to see a wide range of formative communities: rural &urban, small &large, site hunting & secured. You might just find a project you want to be part of.  The Viva Community and the New Brighton Sustainable Coastal Village are both there.

Watch their space http://cohousing.org.nz/

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