Festa puts life back in the city's heart

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 10:03 26/10/2014
KIRK HARGREAVES

Architecture students from around the country collaborated to create beautiful glowing installations.

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Rosie Compton, aged 8, at Anti Gravity installation at Festa's street carnival devoted to temporary architecture.

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New Zealand's next generation of architects have transformed part of Christchurch's earthquake-damaged heart into a spectacle of light and forms. 

Christchurch's annual Festival of Transitional Architecture (Festa) is on again this Labour Day weekend, aiming to return life and energy to the city's heart. 

The theme for this year's festival is "the future will be live", allowing participants to explore ideas for Christchurch's future in the present. 

Organisers invited urban practitioners, theorists, performers, designers, artists and students to propose "diverse and possibly contradictory futures" for the city.

Their ideas have been presented to the public this weekend, culminating in last night's CityUps carnival on the corner of Lichfield, Manchester and High streets.

The free event featured elevated and glowing installations from hundreds of architecture students, making use of lights, music and a variety of materials to turn part of Christchurch into a night-time showcase of light and form. 

The festival continues today and tomorrow with a number of events around the central city, including Jelloucity.

The event is a chance for families to construct their own utopia using jelly and runs from 10am to 4pm today and tomorrow at Cathedral Junction, 109 Worcester St. 

The Christchurch City Libraries is also holding Book Out and Read In today, encouraging people to bring their own book or get one out from the mobile library to read among the trees of the sculptural installation Tree Houses for Swamp Dwellers.

The event will be held from 11am to 1pm today on the corner of Colombo and Gloucester streets. 

To find out more or see the full programme of events visit festa.org.nz

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