(455) Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch NZ 1970sNew Zealand architect Julia Suh contemplates suburban futures for her town Christchurch on thisbigcity.net.  The problems and opportunities of suburban development familiar to North Americans are found there alongside a serious complication visited by nature upon New Zealand’s second largest city. Severe earthquake damage to the central city is helping shape Christchurch.

Three years ago this month nearly two hundred people were killed in what has been acknowledged to be one of the most expensive earthquakes ever to occur.  Some nine hundred buildings have been slated for demolition after failing post-quake safety inspections; some indication of the level of damage and importance of doing things well in the years to come.

The Rise of the suburbs: what will become the future of city-living in Christchurch?