Breathe | International Design Competition for a new urban village

Future Christchurch has launched Breathe, an International Design Competition to design a new urban village in Central City Christchurch. Designers from throughout the world are invited to influence the way the new generation of Central City residents will live within their environment and what type of communities they will want to be part of. Christchurch’s new urban village will offer medium density housing with easy access to green space, the new performing arts precinct, retail and entertainment areas, and transport and recreation facilities.

Competition Process

Stage 1 entries accepted and 3 teams will be short-listed for Stage 2 to progress with the design. The three entrants selected for Stage 2 will work with the organisers to progress their concepts to developed design stage. The winning entry will be selected on the quality of the developed design and on the financial off er, including the value of the land and the terms of the development agreement for the site.

Concept design phase 1pm Monday 15 October 2012
Stage One Competition closes 5pm Tuesday 15 January 2013
Stage One winners announced

Stage One Competition opens 1pm Monday 15 October 2012
Stage One Competition closes 5pm Tuesday 15 January 2013

Stage One winners announced | February 2013
Short list for Stage Two confirmed

Stage Two competition starts | March 2013
Financial appraisal and developed design

Stage Two competition closes July 2013
Overall competition winner announced August 2013

Site Available for construction to commence | December 2013

Judging Panel

Kevin McCloud | Grand Designs
Stuart Gardyne | Architect
Martin Udale | Development Specialist
Di Lucas | Landscape Architect
Kevin Simcock | Engineer
Huia Reriti | Ngai Tahu Architect
Zea Harman | Youth Leader

More Information available at the competition website.


WLA EDITORS NOTE | This competition is not a traditional design competition with a design entry and winning prize. This design competition requires that the winning team make a financial offer for the land to develop into the new village, ie your team requires a developer. I emailed the competition organisers about the requirement for a financial offer on the development and inclusion of a developer on the team and they responded.

“We believe that by ensuring a partnership between Architect and Developer we will not only have a scheme that includes the best of the world’s Architectural designs but also assist in ensuring that these ideas are deliverable at a marketable rate for the people of Christchurch. Given that this is one of the key catalyst projects for the rebuild of the city the organisers believe that the partnership approach will deliver the best combination of innovation, design and value for money.”

WORLD LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE is not involves with the competition organiser or running of this competition please address all questions via the competition website

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