From the Daily Scot:
Many may recall the powerful earthquakes that struck Christchurch, New Zealand in 2010 and 2011 virtually wiping out the Central Business District. It hit close to home for me; I was living in Auckland at the time and my stepfather’s house in Christchurch was damaged beyond repair.
But as most communities do in the wake of disaster, Cantabrians banded together to slowly rebuild their city anyway they could. Between the planning process/bureaucracy and the ultimate rebuild there’s an agonizing gap.
Behold: Gap Filler.
Here’s a description from their website:
Gap Filler is a creative urban regeneration initiative that facilitates a wide range of temporary projects, events, installations and amenities in the city… These short-term and comparatively small-scale projects are far less risky than new permanent developments – and consequently opens up opportunities for experimentation …
By recycling materials, teaming up with suppliers, harnessing volunteer power and being creative, Gap Filler proves that the regeneration of the city does not rely solely on large-scale developments by the private or public sectors. …
Ultimately, Gap Filler aims to innovate, lead and nurture people and ideas; contributing to conversations about city-making and urbanism in the 21st century.
I love tactile urbanism and the idea of quickly testing things in the public realm that are cost-effective and well-programmed for great simple placemaking.
The Pallet Pavilion
created by Gap Filler in Christchurch was a standout for programming and simplicity.
Whats behind this stack on colourful wood pallets? Enter and see …
On this day the stage was occupied by a Sunday afternoon Orchestra
Programming for the space is well thought out and flexible, accommodating a range of events.
Refreshments are serviced from this old camping trailer.
Movable tree planters add shade and greenery in addition to the portable umbrellas.
As popular as the Pallet Pavilion was, it was eventually taken down to make for a building on the gravel lot it sat on. That’s the nature of Gap Filler: temporary interventions plugging the gaps in Christchurch’s urban fabric. Read more »
I can’t help but think why we aren’t trying this in the Vancouver area? What about all that space on the Southside of False Creek? Or take it to the suburbs … empty lots, leftover spaces, the potential for stimulating neglected areas is huge.
Stay tune for more Gap Fillers in a community near you.