LUXCITY, the opening event for the Festival of Transitional Architecture (FESTA), is a city made from light for one night. Over 350 architecture and design students from across New Zealand are designing and constructing 16 installations that use light to create spaces for pop-up functions: bars, cafes, live music venues, theatre and a gallery. The whole of Christchurch will be invited to return to the currently vacant city centre October 20th to enjoy and experience this unique urban atmosphere.
The designs will use light in conjunction with large-scale demolition machinery to create structures that are both ephemeral and contend with the vastness of the urban scale. LUXCITY addresses the potential of transitional projects to stimulate collaboration, explore a range of architectural possibilities, regenerate the central city and create excitement and hope for the city’s burgeoning recovery.
The project is organized as a collaboration between the School of Architectural Studies at CPIT, the School of Architecture at Victoria University, the Architecture Department at Unitec, the Spatial Design Department at Auckland University of Technology, and theSchoolofArchitectureand Planning at The University of Auckland.
The Christchurch-based businesses and organisations providing the activities and entertainment for LUXCITY are experienced operators from across the hospitality, retail and arts and culture sectors. Each studio is partnered with a local ‘client’ which include such programmes as arts & culture, bars, cafés, and fashion & retail. LUXCITY will be hosted on Saturday October 20th from 7:30 to midnight. (Sunday October 21t is reserved as a rain day.)
The Festival of Transitional Architecture (FESTA) is a new annual event for the city ofChristchurch. From 20 - 28 October 2012, celebrate and explore temporary architecture and DIY urbanism.
Mission An engaged and engaging city through transitional and experimental architecture, art and performance.
Description FESTA gives you a chance to experience new temporary or transitional architectural projects and urban interventions within the central city's four avenues. Our events let you discover more about some well known and more obscure transitional building and urban projects.