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Floating Opportunities: Creative Adaptation In Cities


Thu 20 Jul 2017, 6:00pm–7:30pm

Where: The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts, 156 Armagh Street , Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: TePutahi

Join us for this free public lecture by Kristina Hill (UC Berkeley) on resilience, climate change and urban adaptation. Christchurch is susceptible to sea level rise and flooding. In this Christchurch Conversation, learn about the different ways other cities are responding and adapting to these challenges.

Given the changing global environment, "resilience" often means adapting to new challenges, such as sea level rise, and enhancing a city's ability to recover from disaster events. Rebuilding after disasters presents an opportunity to introduce new elements into a city to help address these challenges. What new designs and responses will work well in seismically active areas such as Christchurch that experience coastal flooding and a high water-table?

In her lecture, Kristina Hill presents recent work from the San Francisco Bay Area as an example of how a region has responded creatively to the challenge of a rising water table in a seismic zone. Recent engineering experiments in California involve floating foundations and floating urban blocks. She will discuss taking a layered approach to coastal or river changes and how local industries and government agencies are starting to think about new ways to improve earthquake resilience while adapting to flooding.

Christchurch Conversations is a programme of free events that invites local and international thought leaders to share their views and ideas about our city’s future.

The programme seeks to inspire and challenge and prompt bold approaches to design and city-making.

The 2017 programme includes a speaking and discussion series that focuses on the future of the residential red zone at this pivotal moment in Christchurch’s regeneration.

Christchurch Conversations are free events and are a collaboration with Regenerate Christchurch, Christchurch City Council and Te Pūtahi - Christchurch centre for architecture and city-making.

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