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Christchurch is known as the Gar­den City, and Aaron Jones from Ur­ban Func­tion Ar­chi­tec­ture be­lieves that should guide the way the city is re­built. He is ex­cited by the vi­sion in the coun­cil plan. “We need to make sure this is a de­sign-led de­vel­op­ment, rather than some­thing that is cheap and nasty with lit­tle thought for the fu­ture,” Jones says. His il­lus­tra­tions sum up some of his ideas – a three storey build­ing with re­tail or res­tau­rant at ground floor level and of­fices or apart­ments above, with trees planted on the roof ter­race, a plant-filled “green façade” in front to keep it cool in sum­mer, and even grasses on the street canopy. “So many build­ings will go up, we need to say where the build­ing in­dus­try is go­ing in the next 50 to 100 years, not the next five,” Jones says. “Fu­ture build­ing is more likely to be around these new tech­nolo­gies. We can ei­ther cre­ate a new lo­cal in­dus­try to re­search and ap­ply these, or ap­ply the most ba­sic lev­els to what we do, such as green roofs and stormwa­ter runoff which re­duces the pres­sure on our rivers.”

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