Christchurch’s Cardboard Cathedral

Christchurch is one inspiring city. While the ground continues to rattle with aftershocks the people of Christchurch are focused on rebuilding their city and getting on with life. Temporary structures are popping up across the city – from the stores built from shipping containers to a rugby stadium built upon steel tubes – to help bring some normalcy back to the lives of Cantabrians.

Now the city is preparing for a new temporary structure– a cardboard cathedral to replace the iconic Christ Church Cathedral that’s facing demolition. Built to hold up to 700 people, the temporary cathedral is designed by renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban and will be built from paper and cardboard. Don’t be fooled by the materials used. The temporary cathedral has a lifespan of over 20 years.

Innovation like this is at the heart of life after the quakes in Christchurch. It’s fantastic to see such originality and resilience coming out of such a terrible event. Can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

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Kevin Roberts

Kevin Roberts is founder of Red Rose Consulting; business leader and educator; author and speaker; adviser on marketing, creative thinking and leadership.


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