Cool Creativity and Urban Planning

Cool Creativity and Urban Planning

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Are you wanting to tap into the creative energy of your neighbourhood?Gap Filler workshops in Patea and Opunake may be able to help.

The workshops on 23 February in Patea and on 24 February in Opunake will be presented by Gap Filler’s Co-Founder and Co-Director Ryan Reynolds from Christchurch.

Gap Filler evolved following the Christchurch earthquake creating urban regeneration initiatives that temporarily activate vacant sites with cool and creative projects to make for a more interesting and vibrant city.The Egmont Plains and Patea Community Boards will be hosting the workshops and they are encouraging locals to come along and look at opportunities for their towns.

“These half-day workshops will give people the chance to learn about the grassroots creativity in Christchurch, directly from some of the most influential practitioners,” said Claire Symes, South Taranaki District Council Community Development Manager. “Focusing on real examples and first-hand experience from Christchurch and beyond, these are practical sessions set up to inspire and equip participants to lead change in their neighbourhoods.”

Working with local community groups, artists, businesses, landowners, librarians, designers, students, teachers, dancers – anyone with an idea and initiative – Gap Filler has been activating community spaces for temporary, creative, people-centred purposes and providing opportunities to get everyday people involved in creating their community.

Projects have ranged from week-long installations to a fully consented temporary building (made out of borrowed pallets) that hosted hundreds of events; a bicycle-powered cinema; an outdoor coin-operated dance floor; a city-wide mini golf course; a temporary public sauna; large scale mural works; a portable 40-seat grandstand; a giant arcade game on the side of a building and many others.

While the workshops are to be held in Patea from 12.30pm to 4.30pm and Opunake from 10am to 2pm the Council and Gap Filler encourage people from across the region to attend.

“If you have the desire to create energetic and lively spaces in your township these events are for you.”

“Our communities are creative and innovative and these practical workshops will be a fun way to think about our towns and how we can bring urban planning/regeneration together with creative arts and community development,” says Claire.

To register for the workshops please email CDunit@stdc.govt.nz or phone the Council on 0800 111 323.