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May 2, 2011 | by  | in Opinion | [ssba]

Welfare Officer

In third form, my art teacher looked at me in shock when I asked her if I could take her fourth form class.

The audacity of me asking her was obviously humorous, so I took Graphic Design instead. However, I soon found that my calling was music and math (fat lot of good that does me today studying Public Policy). Needless to say, I don’t really know a lot about design. But I feel there is no time like the present to talk design—in particular the re-design and rebuilding of Christchurch. I was down last week for work and saw first-hand the path of destruction left by the September and February earthquakes.

It was hard not to look on both somberly and in awe of the sheer magnitude of destruction. Where buildings had once stood, there was only rubble and flowers laid in tribute to those who had been tragically killed.

Amongst the destruction lies hope. A hope that permeates the hearts, lives, and ideas of those who remain to rebuild their own lives and claim back the city that they once enjoyed. Design, architecture, and aesthetics are all creative mechanisms that can spur vision into life and innovation. For any design, whether it be for your life or the rebuilding of a city, the foundations you lay are important. The blueprint to start you off is imperative to ensure that that any frills you add are for aesthetic pleasure, rather than acting as the substance that holds things together.

University can be the start of a good blueprint for life. It is a time that you can get creative and test your ideas. Write them down. Your hopes and aspirations. It will be worth it, even if you have to re-write and re-design them as you go along.

Amongst some personal things, I hope that the rebuild of Christchurch is reflective of what its residents want, and what is most sustainable for the future in its full design—from engineering and architecture, to aesthetics and landscaping.

Despite the tragedy, it is a rather exciting time for New Zealanders. We have already showcased our comradeship toward Cantabrians; it is now time to showcase our innovation in rebuilding Christchurch.

In the words of Tyler Durden: “Only after disaster can we be resurrected.”

With resurrection comes new hope, new ideas, and a renewing of spirit which I know for certain Cantabrians have in abundance despite the endured disaster. I look forward to seeing the redevelopment of Christchurch and hope that government agenda doesn’t thwart the aspirations of Cantabrians and New Zealanders alike, in the rebuild.

Get creating!


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