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CityUps for Christchurch
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City Ups For Christchurch
Project 2014-09-04 17:41:48 +1200
CityUps - the city of the future for Christchurch
The first and only festival of its kind in the world, the annual Festival of Transitional Architecture is a free, public event that celebrates creative city-making. Each Labour Weekend, FESTA transforms the empty sites of central Christchurch into a spectacular, buzzing urban setting with a major large-scale event.
We will be giving Christchurch an incredible night out and have the central city humming with people, colour and excitement on 25 October this year with a unique large-scale event called CityUps – the city of the future, created by the next generation of architects.
We want to draw as many people as possible back into the inner city to experience CityUps – there for one night only. This Labour Weekend, over 250 New Zealand architecture students will transform two blocks of Christchurch’s central city with elevated, towering, glowing physical installations.
This future vision includes buzzing city spaces where pop-up cafes, markets, street games, bars and performance spaces operate.
To give the city the biggest and best event possible we need community support; we are inviting you to help us give Christchurch a vibrant street life for one amazing night out.
Why pledge for us at FESTA?
We made history with our 2012 headline event LUXCITY (a city made from light for one night) when an estimated 30,000 people came back into the central city, the largest number since the 2011 earthquake. Last year’s major event also attracted thousands with Canterbury Tales, Free Theatre's magical carnival and procession through the city.
FESTA delivers unique and unforgettable events that bring residents and visitors into the centre and have it humming for a night of lights, impact, colour and animation. Help us make the third year the best yet.
What do we need to make it happen?
We need your help to build Cityups - we need to raise $25,000.
Althought we don't charge for this event, events of this size don't come for free. They require huge amounts of time, goodwill, infrastructure and organisation. We have acquired funding and sponsorship for 85% of our costs, but we need help to raise this final amount.
The $25,000 pledged will go towards the crucial behind-the-scenes costs of CityUps, which include:
- Powering up the city of the future (electricity)
- Keeping CityUps clean (waste prevention and management)
- Creating a safe environment (health and safety, security)
- Creating an accessible event (traffic management)
- Providing essential facilities (toilets)
- People power to bring it all together (the FESTA Crew)
A little more about us….
All of us on the FESTA team reckon that we have some of the most rewarding jobs in New Zealand because we work with fantastic people who come together to make Christchurch feel like a city again. So much goodwill is involved in CityUps. We are grateful to The Canterbury Community Trust and the Christchruch City Council for the support they give us. And there are some amazing community-minded businesses in the construction industry providing us with in-kind support and sponsorship.
We have been working hard on Cityups for the last eleven months because the response from the public to our large-scale events is always incredible, and the transformation of the central city is spectacular. Jess, our FESTA Director, also loves her job because she gets to work with people in the recovery who wouldn’t otherwise be involved in the making of a city. We are committed to delivering FESTA every year because it is important for Christchurch.
Join us and help build CityUps and make this a successful, urban-scale, free public event by making a pledge
Be part of CityUps and help us make Christchurch a global epicentre for creative urban renewal.
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Provide us feedback on FESTA 2014 and go into the draw for $100 Shop Eight dinner voucher!
24/11/2014 at 5:17 PM
CityUps, a Studio Christchurch collaboration, FESTA 2014. Photo by Jonny Knopp
Here at FESTA we thought CityUps and the festival as whole successfully brought life and activity back into Christchurch's heart - thank you for helping us to achieve this.
What did you think of it? Do you have ideas for next year's FESTA? As members of the public, your feedback is extremely important to us. It means that we can improve and that we can continue to produce a festival that is responsive, supported and spectacular. Please fill in our feedback form below and go into the draw a $100 gift voucher for delicious and local food at Shop Eight Food & Wine. You have until 3 December!
You will need to provide us with your email address to go into the draw for the dinner voucher - where you also have the choice to join/ not join our mailing list - there is a space provided for this in the last section should you wish to do so!
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Hitting the big numbers - the stats on building CityUps!
26/09/2014 at 11:47 AM
150 people have pledged so far - thank you so much for supporting us!
Since we are talking numbers, we thought we would share some of the facts and figures involved in putting together CityUps. This large-scale, live architecture event requires not only the expertise and input of our installation partners, but also loads of construction materials. We are, after all, building a temporary city! This requires:
- 64 x 2400kg concrete blocks (thanks RPC Construction) to hold down the students' towering installations, which will take over two blocks of the central city. Thanks also to Spirre and Lewis Bradford for engineering CityUps.
- 20 tonnes of scaffolding is coming from Wellington to Christchurch - thanks so much to Layher Ltd for providing this - to make the frames that will support the elevated city of the future on October 25.
- 1 km of fencing will be used in the constrution, installation and live event phases of CityUps
- 1 (massive) crane (cheers Titan!) to lift things up for CityUps
- 6 scaffolding companies are bringing teams of staff to help the students install their outrageous designs: Elliott Scaffolding, Acrow, Camelspace, SSPNZ, Upright Scaffolding & Daveron Scaffolding.
Some of the fabulous installation partners are in the photo below. Thanks all for your support!
Next generation of architects designing CityUps!
21/09/2014 at 5:55 PM
Here are some of the next generation of architects involved in designing and creating CityUps! They are working on scale models for their installations – the ones that when built to scale will be supported by 10 metre high scaffolding and take over two blocks of the central city on 25 October.
The students have been divided into 13 groups or ‘studios’ and are led by an experienced tutor. Throughout the process – from concept images through to the physical installation of their designs – the students need to respond to real life conditions. Their designs need to be easily transportable and quickly erected, they need to be within budget and need to meet engineering requirements.
CPIT Architectural Studies, Unitec Architecture Department, University of Auckland's School of Architecture and Planning and University of Auckland's Elam School of Fine Arts are all working together as Studio Christchurch to bring Christchurch a spectacular night out.
Introducing Nick Sargent - CityUps Project Co-ordinator
11/09/2014 at 2:42 PM
We thought you might want to meet some of the team who are pulling CityUps together. This is Nick Sargent, architecture graduate, designer and maker of film sets, aspiring cyclist, (he had a wee accident in Sydney that's kept him off his bike for most of the year, poor lad), thinker, writer and charmer. Nick worked on Canterbury Tales in 2013 and this year has been co-ordinating CityUps arts and hospitality partners and securing scaffolding sponsorship amongst other tasks. Nick's a treasure - he works above and beyond and pulls off astonishing outcomes. His work also appears elsewhere in FESTA's programme - he's contributing to an exhibition that will appear at The Physics Room during FESTA.
Support from all quarters to make CityUps!
10/09/2014 at 7:58 AM
You are part of a huge nation-wide movement helping to create CityUps for FESTA 2014. There are some incredible community-minded scaffolding companies creating the structures that we’re suspending the installations from for CityUps. Here's the CityUps team learning more about scaffolding from some of our scaff partners than we ever dreamed!