Transitional community-initiated open spaces in Christchurch: a driver for post-disaster urban recovery? The aim of the project is to examine the defining characteristics and qualities of post-earthquake transitional community-initiated open spaces (CIOS) in Christchurch, to analyse the social networks that initiate and support these spaces, and to evaluate the tangible and intangible benefits of CIOS with a focus on what they actually deliver rather than what they symbolise for post-disaster recovery in Christchurch.
Andreas Wesener, Roy Montgomery, Gary Steel
Contingent Cities Critics warn that, despite their benign connotations, terms like ‘urban sustainability’ and ‘urban resilience’ have been reduced to expert-driven, technocratic exercises that privilege a narrow set of interests and epistemologies, and direct attention away from important socio-ecological issues. This Marsden Fast Start project explores three alternative ‘community-led’ approaches to urban planning, and assesses their implications for more formal planning frameworks and processes.
Staff involved: Suzanne Vallance [Ann Dupuis (Massey University), David Thorns (Canterbury University)], Sally Carlton, Ryan Reynolds, Sarah Edwards
Affordable Housing Constrained land-supply through ‘over-regulation’ is often blamed for rising house prices. This project looks at whether land supply constraints are the best predictor of unaffordable housing or whether other factors – such as weak inclusionary zoning policies, reduced direct provision of public housing, a lack of third sector housing providers, or (ironically) good planning practices that makes places better, safer and healthier - may be better predictors. 
Staff involved: Suzanne Vallance, Natalie Murdoch, Lin Roberts

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