Festa street party returns to Christchurch in October with recycling bang

Globes of light were a favourite of Festa 2014.
KIRK HARGREAVES

Globes of light were a favourite of Festa 2014.

The Festival of Transitional Architecture will return on Labour Day weekend and the hunt is on for waste products that can be incorporated into temporary installations.

It will again be a massive street party, said director Jessica Halliday. "There's still a need to give Christchurch a big party so people can reconnect with the city," she said.

"Festa this year is about introducing and highlighting sustainable design practices that are not common in New Zealand," she said. 

An aerial view of the Festival of Transitional Architecture, a carnival of light.
KIRK HARGREAVES

An aerial view of the Festival of Transitional Architecture, a carnival of light.

"We're hunting for waste materials for students to design from," she said. 

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The main event this year will be called Lean Means and will run from about 6pm til midnight on Saturday, October 22. 

Rosie Compton makes the most of a Festa 2014 installation.
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Rosie Compton makes the most of a Festa 2014 installation.

She hoped local businesses would supply lightweight materials such as such as plastic items, mesh, netting, timber veneer offcuts, rope, packaging straps and fabric.

Twelve teams of students from eight New Zealand and Australian universities and tertiary institutions will transform waste materials into temporary architectural installations that are lit with bright colours and often accompanied by music and sound effects. 

They need waste from packaging, offcuts and rejects from manufacturing processes, dead stock, and construction or demolition waste. 

The Festival of Transitional Architecture aims to return life and energy to the city's heart.
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The Festival of Transitional Architecture aims to return life and energy to the city's heart.

For the first time, the main Festa event will have an outside executive director, Jos de Krieger,​ of Dutch architecture practice Superuse​ Studios. Its projects include Wikado, a playground made from decommissioned wind turbine parts. 

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Superuse is known for recycling materials into new designs rather than fabricating new elements. This practice is much more common in Europe, Halliday said. 

More than 200 architecture students will take part. They cannot bring any thing more to Christchurch than what can be stored in carry-on luggage and everything has to be returned to ethical waste streams when the festival ends.

Road cones were central to one Festa 2014 installation.
KIRK HARGREAVES

Road cones were central to one Festa 2014 installation.

Businesses able to contribute should contact Festa through its website.

Halliday noted there was a history of such projects in post-quake Christchurch. These included the Pallet Pavilion, made from wooden stacking pallets, and RAD bikes, which recycles cycle parts and frames.

Festa was an annual event from 2012-14, took a break in 2015 and returns in 2016 as a biennial event.

Festa 2016 celebrates citizens who have a passion for the city's development and a passion for material resources –  especially waste streams that are available for reuse in urban projects to create ethical objects of beauty and function, Halliday said.

 

 

 - Stuff

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