Friday, February 25, 2011

The future

There are amazing stories coming out of Christchurch now. Thankfully, the human spirit never ceases to astound me.

Tragically it seems no more survivors will be found. My condolences go to all those who have lost loved ones.

But trying to take positives out of such a tragedy is not easy.
I would like to see all New Zealanders, from the Prime Minister down, use the rebuilding of Christchurch, both socially, physically and economically, as a chance to stop and think carefully.
We have an opportunity to put in place amazing change. A rebuilding that could help define us all for this century.

Let people take the opportunity to think.
And let our leaders have the courage to act with wisdom.
Instead of blindly rebuilding the past, let's see if we can start building a new New Zealand.


Anonymous said...

I think they should analyze the subsoil beneath the fallen buildings and if there is no bedrock that can be built onto the sites should be cleared and turned into parkland.

As to the location of the CBD perhaps look to shift it to a more stable location inland? I'm sure that after this quake any new buildings are likely to be uninsurable if they are built on soft/swampy land.

Anonymous said...

Build with Wood. UC engineering has some ground breaking (sorry!) stuff in the lab at present.

KG said...

Great post, Lou, the best I've seen so far on the 'quake and the aftermath.

Anonymous said...

chain gang the prisoners and get them to clean the liquefacted streets.
Have the beneficiaries do the same thing without the chains. If they don't turn up, then they don't get paid.
Allow the farmers to dry out the acquifers to minimise liquifaction.

Amalgamate the Tasman and Nelson councils, legislate to ban them charging development levies, and relocate all the willing migrants to Nelson.

Randominanity said...

Chch is built on a floodplain. Apart from the suburbs adjacent to, or on, the Port Hills there is no bedrock. In fact most of the Canterbury plans have an underlying gravel and alluvial structure.

gravedodger said...

@ Randominanity,
As does nearly every city and major center in this country and the world.
The last 6 months we have endured a one in what, a thousand year, events.
Yes some rebuilds will have insurance issues but think of all the population centers of the world that have suffered major destruction in recent times and I know of none that have not been rebuilt. The San Andreas Fault still hangs over so much of the much more intensively populated areas of California.
Imagine if you will that a rebuild of ChCh had occurred over the last 50 years centered around Rolleston, a theory that has been promulgated again in the last week. That would have resulted in highrise development as does every major population center and that would have been almost on top of the newly discovered "Greendale Fault".
Many experts ( used advisedly) both professional and the armchair variety were of the opinion that Wellington had a greater risk of destruction from the fault that runs through that CBD, than CHC was, due to its distance from the Alpine fault, previously considered our greatest risk exposure.
I have been aware of the liquifaction risk facing CHC for years and as a rank amateur have been rubbished by people who were in a position to prevent development in the high risk areas, on the other hand the new "Pegasus" development has AFAIK been spared due to the massive consolidation techniques used on the soil and subsoil during the presale development.
We will rebuild CHC and when consensus is reached among the hundreds of thousands of opinions including "experts" with absolutely no stake in our future but an inherrent concept of their purity of thought and superiority, we will confront our demons and rise again with a city that we will be just as strongly attached to, as the old city.
Someone said the other day their is a very rare species no longer in danger of extinction "A Former Cantabrian" they were rare but no longer,especially now.