Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy
An example of developing the strategy.
Exploring growth options through design workshops
Greater Christchurch UDS took four years to develop. An initial consultation on four broad growth options produced a preferred pattern of growth which was then fleshed out during an intensive design and consultation process.
During the main design phase of the project, two large-scale, four-day ‘Inquiry by Design’ (IBD) workshops were held. The workshops allowed creative solutions to be developed alongside analysis-based work, within a particular delivery context.
Each workshop started by presenting a summary of the background. Following on from this, design sessions alternated between different spatial levels and between theme-based and integrated work:
- investigation by individual discipline-based theme at sub-regional scale (in groups)
- collective investigation of the integrated growth strategy at sub-regional scale
- more detailed testing / urban design at the level of growth pockets (individually and in different combinations).
Over the course of the workshops each group developed a provisional theme-based strategy for the sub-region. These strategies were integrated and specific studies and calculations of growth pockets completed giving rise to the overall strategy direction. Each group then re-evaluated and finalised their individual theme spatial strategy. During the workshops, key design ideas and options were also tested against delivery and an outline implementation strategy prepared. The implementation strategy was completed after the workshops.