Since moving to Christchurch I have occasionally taken to the streets to take photos of the state of the rebuild. Â No specific methodology, just whatever catches my eye.
Recently while I walking around I was taking these pictures when an older lady started talking to me.
“I don’t even miss it. Â Between The Palms, Northlands, and Westfield, I don’t need the city. Â I don’t miss it one bit.”
Recently Maximus stated Â “Itâ€™s exasperating. If architects are unwilling / incapable of talking about buildings, then how can they have any expectation that the public will have any interest? Personally, I was hoping for a representative from every single architectural practice, and engineering practice, in town, to post commentary here, but letâ€™s face it â€“ they are all too gutless and faceless. Sad. Really sad.”
How do we speak to people who don’t value the truly public space? Â The non-contrived, scheming and manipulative psychology of the shopping mall? Â When the average person sees the city as only what can be purchased, how do we even start to discuss the value of heritage? Â How do we try to convince them that good design is worthwhile?
This is the city I live in.