Tuesday, July 31, 2012
It is said that nothing concentrates the mind as does imminent execution.
Another relevant statement when a sportsman drops a hanging ball in cricket, baseball or rugby etc,"he/she had too long to think about it".
In having only 100 days to deliver a plan for the basis of reconstructing the central area of Christchurch, many are surprised at the coherence and attractiveness of what was delivered last evening.
When, following the destruction of much of the then city of London following the Great Fire, Sir Christopher Wren, who was already working on a restoration of St Pauls, was engaged or embarked on a burst of architectral activity that involved sixty churches, Hampton Court, the buildings that are the backdrop to the Olympic Equestrian events and others, the legacy of which have inspired calls for a 21st century Wren to take on the CBD rebuild plan for the village of the dammed.
Two things make that impossible;
Wren was not able to do more than plan rebuilds or New structures that fitted the existing infrastructure,
and he was pretty much the only person available albeit with a team around him.
Today we are all qualified to have opinions worthy of inclusion even if they are supported by a minority of one.
The plan revealed yesterday by the PM is the result of work by among others CERA and Boffa Miskel that will gradually draw criticism from barrow pushers and the perpetually discontent.
For me it is clean, forward looking , achievable and inspirational.
It does not tick all my boxes but as others have already stated, accept it, stand back and let those who are willing to invest in it make their moves.
Just do it or we will still be discussing it in 50 years time, hang on I wont, that aint gunna happen.