The Lab | Andrew Barrie – Disasters, Fires and Slow-motion Earthquakes: 23 Jul – 11 Aug
23 July – 11 August 2013
10am – 5pm; Daily
Venue: The Lab, Chartwell Gallery, Auckland Art Gallery
Professor Andrew Barrie and his team of University of Auckland students are developing proposals for how the sites of a number churches destroyed by the Christchurch earthquakes can be redeveloped so as to provide both for their congregations and for the communities they are seeking to serve. The project looks to put Christchurch’s current challenges in the context of the rebuilding of Napier after the 1931 earthquake and subsequent fires, and of the future challenges facing Auckland – where both increased insurance costs and building code changes threaten to cut a swathe through our stock of heritage buildings, creating a slow-motion earthquake that may devastate New Zealand’s towns and cities for decades to come.