Phillip Pearson - web + electronics notes

tech notes and web hackery from a new zealander who was vaguely useful on the web back in 2002 (see: python community server, the blogging ecosystem, the new zealand coffee review, the internet topic exchange).


New Zealand architecture (Christchurch in particular)

Written in response to an e-mail from a foreign architect, considering migration to New Zealand ...

New Zealand is a fairly well-developed country, although the population is pretty small -- only 3 million in the whole country, with about 350,000 in Christchurch -- so things are on a much smaller scale than you will be used to if you're from a bigger city.

I'm afraid I can't really compare housing well, as I've lived here all my life and haven't seen much else, but I can tell you that most people live in detached housing -- i.e. a house on a section of land rather than an apartment building or a flat built together with many others.

Older housing has no insulation - COLD - but newer (less than 10 years old) houses are quite comfortable to live in.

There are 5-6 tall buildings (around 10 storeys) in Christchurch, but no "skyscrapers". Here's a picture I took in town recently:

        Cashel Street

Most of the landscape looks more like this -- the occasional 4-6
storey building, surrounded by single storey buildings:

        CTV building

Here's a car park:

        Inner city car park

And a restaurant:

        Alva Rados

Right now there is a housing boom, and there is a LOT of building going on. It might collapse in the next few years, though, so I wouldn't bet your future on it continuing.
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