Rephotography in the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor
This project is the work of a group of final year Geography undergraduates at the University of Canterbury in the spring semester of 2021, who co-designed a framework for capturing change over time. It outlines the methods used to establish a rephotography network to link pre- and post-earthquake photographs with a record of future changes as the OARC Regeneration Plan is implemented. It investigates how rephotography can contribute to community engagement and prevent the loss of social memory.
Library of work in the River Corridor 2010-21
This database of published and primary work undertaken in the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor was completed in October 2021 by two University of Canterbury graduate students, Alison Bodmer and Evelyn Charlesworth as part of their internship with the Living Laboratory in the spring semester of 2021. The internship is part of the requirements of UC's Masters of Urban Resilience and Renewal (MURR) degree.
Carbon Sequestration in the River Corridor
This project is the work of a group of geography undergraduates from the University of Canterbury carried out in the spring of 2022, to assess the current and future potential to sequester carbon through ecosystem regeneration in the river corridor. The group conducted a spatial analysis of river corridor soil types and the flood tolerance of native plant species, mapping areas identified as having the potential to contribute to carbon neutrality in the river corridor.
Ōtākaro Avon Landings: Tiaki over Time
This studio project was undertaken by a group of landscape architecture graduate students from the University of Washington in Seattle in the summer of 2020. It takes a detailed approach to designing the access points, or ‘landings’ along the green spine identified in the OARC Regeneration Plan. The guiding principle of the project, Tiaki over Time, speaks to the practice of guardianship and stewardship of the land in the context of ecocultural regeneration and climate change resilience.
Experiments for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
This project is the work of a group of geography undergraduates from the University of Canterbury investigating climate change mitigation and adaptation experimentation in the spring of 2022. Using stakeholder interviews and literature review, the group developed a framework for stakeholders to understand what innovative experiments might be suitable in the river corridor.
Project PARK UP - Recycled Urban Furniture
This project is the work of a third-year Industrial Product Design student at the University of Canterbury during 2022. Through the product research and design process, the project investigates alternative approaches to street furniture in the river corridor, such as using recycled plastic instead of carbon-heavy materials such as steel.