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Dunedin architectural designer Gary Todd (centre) discusses rebuild ideas for Cathedral Sq with ...
Dunedin architectural designer Gary Todd (centre) discusses rebuild ideas for Cathedral Sq with (from left) Sophie Gilchrist, of Christchurch, Mark McLeay, of Auckland, Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker and Lincoln University chancellor Tom Lambie, at a 48...

Dunedin architectural designer Gary Todd joined construction industry experts meeting during the weekend to discuss ideas for the rebuilding of the centre of Christchurch.

Mr Todd, who runs architectural design practices in Dunedin and Wanaka, joined 100 architects, landscape designers, and engineers at Lincoln University for a 48-hour session to brainstorm ideas to revitalise Cathedral Sq.

The 48-hour Design Challenge was organised by the Christchurch City Council to produce proposals for what parts of the earthquake-damaged city could look like.

The industry professionals were divided into 15 teams and allocated damaged sites around the city to consider, a spokesman said.

Mr Todd led a team which worked on ideas for Cathedral Square, a project which drew the attention of Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker.

"What you are doing here will become the new heritage for [the] city," Mr Parker said.

The team proposals were graded according to the incorporation of green space and building elements, seismic stability, and economic feasibility, with the ideas to be considered by the council alongside previous consultations, the spokesman said.


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