Final Presentation for Christchurch design studio "Keeping it local"
The Avon Parade design proposal rethinks the Christchurch residential "Red Zone" as
a native landscape, wetlands, memorial, park and housing typology.
The design proposal connects the central CBD to the sea through a linked landscape
of bridges, wetlands and park space that follows the Avon river. Landscaping removes
soil from the new wetland rehabilitation areas near the river to the edges of the red zone,
forming large hills where mixed residential developments take advantage of the spectacular
views over the parks. The park becomes a huge backyard, not only for the city but for the
adjacent residential complexes, providing recreation, security, ecological sustainability and
community resilience. A memorial space of sunken concrete pads highlights the previous
communities and built form that inhabited the park.
The ground plane is distorted by meshing seismic, yearly rainfall, river height and
sunshine hour data, creating vertical dynamics where different spatial opportunities emerge.
The park master plan balances wetlands rehabilitation strategies, residential typologies,
recreational park spaces and access ways. These components are defined but interlink and
respond to each other to form a clear identity for the whole park.
Avon Parade outlines a clean, green and connected possibility for the future of
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