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The Planning of New Christchurch Pt 4: Anchornomics

Wednesday, 12 March 2014, 2:28 pm | Barnaby Bennett

“Is this what you meant?” If I was to sum up my critique of CERA in the shortest way possible it would with this one sentence: ‘Is that what you meant?’ This sentence is a critical part of any complex process. A person asks their opinion on ... More >>

The Planning of New Christchurch Pt 3.5: The Cathedral

Wednesday, 12 March 2014, 2:26 pm | Barnaby Bennett

The battle for the Cathedral marches on. It struck me late last year how incredibly sad it will be if the current cathedral is destroyed because the idea of an empty flat site right in the heart of the city fills me with dread. More >>

The Planning of New Christchurch Pt 3: The River Project

Wednesday, 12 March 2014, 2:23 pm | Barnaby Bennett

In the first two parts of this series I argued that the government made a mistake by keeping CERA so close to cabinet and central government, and thus lost the ability to change and adapt in the face of uncertainty. I also contended that since CERA ... More >>

Planning of New Chch Pt 2: Wrong Structures, Wrong People

Wednesday, 12 March 2014, 2:20 pm | Barnaby Bennett

In the first part of this series I argued that the National Government has party-politicised the process of the rebuild by keeping the authority and decision-making to the responsibility of one Minister and Cabinet. This has not only led to an ongoing series of bad planning ... More >>

Planning of New Christchurch Pt 1:The Politicisation of CERA

Wednesday, 12 March 2014, 2:10 pm | Barnaby Bennett

No government was ever going to be able to seamlessly respond to a crazy series of events like the earthquakes that hit Christchurch between September 2010 and the end of 2011. It was an insanely complex and difficult event and the tangled nature ... More >>

Why Building a New Arts Precinct in Chch is a Stupid Idea

Thursday, 22 August 2013, 12:41 pm | Barnaby Bennett

I think this is a very misinformed view that seems to be based almost entirely on information from press releases from the office of Gerry Brownlee.   I’d ask that if The Press is going to weigh in with a strong editorial position on the city, ... More >>

This isn't about the Christchurch Town Hall

Wednesday, 26 June 2013, 9:47 am | Barnaby Bennett

Well, obviously it is. But I suggest that the recent reemergence of the future of the Christchurch Town Hall in public conversation isn’t about the Town Hall. There is a short and a long explanation to this More >>

Response to Brownlee on Christchurch Town Hall

Monday, 19 November 2012, 4:14 pm | Barnaby Bennett

The Christchurch Town Hall is one of a small handful of great buildings that this country has, it has world-class acoustic qualities, and is widely loved by both the Christchurch public, and expert users. It was damaged in the 22nd Feb earthquake, ... More >>

Why the Government is Failing Us in Christchurch

Wednesday, 20 June 2012, 2:13 pm | Barnaby Bennett

[This is an open letter sent to The Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Reconstruction, Gerry Brownlee, and the Cera CEO, Roger Sutton] More >>


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