READER REPORT:

Christchurch needs colour, not concrete

LINDA MCKIE
Last updated 05:00 01/12/2012
Christchurch's temporary mall of shipping containers
DON SCOTT/Fairfax NZ

THINKING OUTSIDE THE CONTAINER: An aerial view of Christchurch's temporary mall of brightly coloured shipping containers in Cashel St in the city centre.

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I recently visited Wellington and the improvement there since my last visit three years ago is amazing.

I would love to see in Christchurch the kind of modern artworks that can now be found throughout the Waterfront and shopping areas, and beautiful modern buildings such as Te Raukura (the new boatshed).

What I don't want to see is everything done as cheaply as possible, i.e. concrete boxes on top of other concrete boxes.

I would like plenty of colour and greenery - trees, plants everywhere - the Re:Start Container Mall is a good example of what can be done with very little.

The other thing I really don't want to see is new buildings neglected. Don't build and then leave things to get shabby!

Concrete looks awful when it's left to get dirty - like the convention centre before it was damaged in the quakes.


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