READER REPORT:

Your vision for Christchurch: Keep the neo-Gothic flavour

MARK NABER
Last updated 05:00 15/12/2012
arts centre
OLD SCHOOL: The Arts Centre is an example of Christchurch's neo-Gothic style.

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The last thing I want to see of my city is ugly modernity.

Christchurch was famous for its neo-Gothic architecture, so this theme should be kept and buildings built which do not clash with what remains of the original buildings.

People came far for the old Christchurch - tourists people used to come to get married here.

If modern architecture simply replaces the old, no one will come because modern architecture, like fashion, dates very quickly and the city will become uncool all too soon.

More emphasis should be made for restorations where possible. By this I don't mean rebuilding the old, but efforts could be made to recycle the old styles and even as much of the old materials.

Many of the old quarry stones and bricks could be reused in a sensible way. We should encourage masons from the United Kingdom or elsewhere to come and help this process.

Christchurch has always been known as the Garden City and I would like to see the botanic gardens extended through in to the city, especially along the banks of the Avon.

If we can't have beautiful old buildings, we can at least have beautiful gardens throughout the city.


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