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    Hi, my name is Isaiah and this is my second year in BENVS. Throughout primary school I always wanted to do architecture. I did art and VCD type subjects and really loved actually creating as opposed to learning. However, since coming to university and completing some work experience at an architecture firm I have realised that architecture is not for me. Luckily, I have found a passion for construction that I can pursue in the BENVS degree. Although I do not want to be an architect anymore I am still really interested in the latest architectural designs and I hope this passion will give me unique skills in the construction industry. My experience using Rhino can be summed up quite easily in one word virtual

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  • 2In February of 2011 Christchurch was hit with a massive earthquake that severely damaged over half of the buildings in the Christchurch CBD, as well as approximately 100,000 suburban residencies. Many people who resided in Christchurch, before the earthquake, left due to the destruction. After visiting Christchurch in July 2015 myself, I noticed the bleak atmosphere that is apparent throughout the CBD even now, four years after the disaster. I took a tour through Christchurch at approximately 6pm on a weekday. The time of day when you would expect a city to contain the hustle and bustle of people leaving work bound home, or those coming into the city for a night of dining and entertainment. However, this was not the case. As I made my way through the city that is filled with empty lots where skyscrapers once stood, boarded doors of fancy hotels waiting to be demolished and the skeletons of scaffolding attempting to hold up what remains of historically significant buildings. However there was one building that shone as a beacon of hope for the people of Christchurch, The Transitional Cathedral, better known colloquially as The Cardboard Cathedral.

    The Cardboard Cathedral was designed free of charge by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. Ban has a very unique way of thinking about the use of materials in his projects. The majority of the cathedral is constructed out of cardboard. Cardboard is a material that most people would think of as weak and very susceptible to water damage. When questioned about his use of cardboard Ban responded that Im not interested in making trendy shapes. My designs naturally emerge from solving problems Im interested in materials that have limitations1. Bans architecture is a bold step away from the common timber or steel construction materials that make up the vast majority of modern buildings. However, the building is not just iconic because of its unusual


    choice of materials. It also demonstrates the power of architecture as a symbol. Towards the end of my tour through Christchurch, we came to the Cathedral. The cathedral was full of life and chattering, it was the only part of Christchurch where I had come across people who seemed to be truly happy. The cathedral was the first major building to be completed in Christchurch after the earthquakes. Victoria Matthews, Bishop of Christchurch Cathedral, said that At this point, what [the city of] Christchurch needs above all else is something to celebrate, theres been so much loss, so much sadness [and] weve said goodbye to so many things. To be able to put up this cathedral quickly and effectively and be able to worship there and invite people in will be absolutely terrific.2.

    The response that most people would think of in relation to architecture post disaster would be that of shelter. Although Bans cathedral is not directly sheltering people. It is acting as a symbol of hope that the people of Christchurch can be proud of, a symbol the shows that one day Christchurch will be rebuilt. It is not often that architecture can inspire a community in such a way. Although the cathedral was built as a temporary, 10 year, structure, the overwhelming positive reaction from the local and global community gives Ban hopes that the cathedral will be kept as a permanent part of Christchurch3. This project has the ability to dramatically change the perception of post disaster architecture. Ban has proved that providing hope for a community of people who have lost so much can be just as important as providing them with shelter.

  • 3Figure 1 (above): Cardboard Cathedral Figure 2(below): Carboard Cathedral under construction

    1. Andrew Barrie, Christchurch Transitional (Cardboard) Cathedral, Architecture New Zealand, 3(2013), 30-36 (p. 35)2. Barbara Porada, Shigeru Bans Cardboard Cathedral Underway in New Zealand, <> [accessed 30 July 2015}3. PoradaFigure 1. Japan Times, Cathedral Made of Cardboard Opens in Earthwuake Hit Christchurch, <> {accessed 3 August 2015}Figure 2. Inhabitat, Shigeru Bans Temporary Cardboard Cathedral Breaks Ground in New Zealand, <> {accessed 3 August 2015}

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  • 4For many modern architects and designers the idea of a building being sustainable is of paramount importance. Commonly, the idea of being sustainable is for a building to be able to sustain itself, primarily in regards to energy consumption, while having minimal impact on the environment around it. However the architects and designers at Family New York and PlayLab are challenging the emphasis of sustainability, instead aiming for productivity.

    The Plus Pool is a project that aims to construct a pool in the Hudson River that filters out the contaminants of the river water to a point where it is deemed safe to swim in. The construction of this project began in August, 20154. The project aims to have many positive impacts for the environment and the people of New York. Public pools and baths have been an integral part of community culture since the times of the Ancient Greeks. This project will give residents of New York a chance to connect with their city in a way that was never been before possible. As all the water from the pool is simply filtered, people will be swimming in water from the Hudson River.

    Community involvement is one of the driving factors behind the Plus Pool project. But the project is incorporating community involvement in a revolutionary way. The project raised over $41,000 on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, which was used for initial testing of the filtration systems. The project has since raised over $270,000 by allowing members of the community to purchase and personalize tiles which


    4. Dong-Ping Wong, Forget sustainable, productive architecture is the next big thing: Dong-Ping Wong at TEDxDumbo, [accessed 3 August 2015]5.Chelsea Blahut, Plus POOL Hosts Fall Swim Benefit in Brooklyn, <> [Accessed 3 August 2015]Figures 3&4. Chelsea Blahut, Plus POOL Hosts Fall Swim Benefit in Brooklyn, <> [Accessed 3 August 2015]

    will eventually be used to construct the pool deck area5. This new approach to funding allows the community to show its support for projects they want. In most architectural projects the community have very little say, however, in the case of Plus Pool the community have the ultimate say. If the community did not think this was a good idea, then they would not fund it and it ultimately would not happen, in a way it is like a form of architectural democracy.

    The idea that this pool will be not sustainable, but productive, is something that is revolutionary to the world of architecture. Instead of the designers designing it to have minimal impact on the environment around it, they want it to have a massive impact on the environment (a positive one). Although the water filters are not large enough to have a significant, short term impact on the rivers overall water quality. What the project stands for is important for two main reasons. Firstly, the significant hype surrounding this pool is inspiring and it raises the issue of the water quality in a positive manner. If you want people to realise and care about an issue first they must be educated about it, the people of New York will be reminded of the poor river quality every time they visit the pool. Secondly, This project can inspire other architects to think about their designs as part of a system, and instead of trying to isolate a design from the system, they can use it to benefit the system and the environment that surrounds it.

  • 5Figure 3: Plus Pool architectural representation in Hudson River

    Figure 4: Plus Pool representation of personalised tiles

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  • 6The introduction of computers and design computation into the architects range of design tools has radically changed the way architects design and communicate.

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