22 Oct 2014
The free, urban-scale festival invites the public to return to the central city and celebrate collective and creative city-making with their exciting 2014 programme for this Labour Weekend (24-27 October)
A glowing city made of jelly, a virtual performance in an ambient architectural space, water calligraphy workshops and a live, large-scale elevated city with a digital dimension are just some of diverse range of ‘live’ future scenarios open to people of all ages at this year’s Festival of Transitional Architecture (FESTA).
The free, urban-scale festival invites the public to return to the central city and celebrate collective and creative city-making with their exciting 2014 programme for this Labour Weekend (24-27 October), ‘The Future Will Be Live’. FESTA 2014 explores alternative futures through a myriad of activities and events that take place throughout the central city and return life to Christchurch’s heart.
There are over 30 events to participate in, which range from transitional vacant space projects, to immersive futuristic installations, sustainable projects and hands-on workshops. Children can create a colourful, wobbly city made out of jelly at the hands-on Jelloucity family activity. For those who prefer lively discussions, Speakers’ Corner should not be missed. A range of national and international participants from the International Congress on Adaptive Urbanism (held in the lead up to FESTA) talk about city-making and invite questions from the public.
Art lovers and the curious can experience a virtual performance in an ambient architectural space at Dematerialization (brought to the festival by three Melbourne architecture graduates) or the Plant Gang’s immersive installation The Present State– a verdant space filled with the recordings of foraging adventures throughout the city. Poetica’s Emerge project involves a line of poetry floating in the Avon, and artist-led water calligraphy sessions accompany the installation. In terms of sustainability, the public can explore the central city with Signs of Things to Come, where wayfaring signs compare the current and future potential of transport in Christchurch in a joint project by Generation Zero and design practice Diadem.
On 25 October, people in Christchurch can be part of the city of the future – both physical and virtual – imagined and created by the next generation of architects. CityUps, this year’s headline event, is live for one night only. Led by Studio Christchurch, over 250 architecture students transform two blocks of Christchurch’s central city with towering physical installations and a futuristic digital city. Beneath their outrageous designs are buzzing city spaces, where a night market, dance hall, street games, community bike workshop and much more operate.
A wide range of organisations, performers, artists, architects, citizens and local businesses has collectively created this year’s programme. Make sure you come into the city for FESTA 2014: The Future Will Be Live and help to give Christchurch a dense, exciting street life.
CityUps - Led by Studio Christchurch, over 250 students from CPIT, Unitec and The University of Auckland transform two blocks of Christchurch’s central city with towering, physical installations to create their vision of a future Christchurch.
Beneath these outrageous designs are buzzing urban spaces where pop-up cafes, performance spaces, an all-ages-youth venue, a night market, dance hall, community bike workshop and bike light disco, bars, street games and much more operate.
Jelloucity - family activity workshops where all are invited to build a glowing, wobbly city out of jelly.
Emerge Poetica - a floating line of Yeat's poety in the Avon River. Water calligraphy workshops and poetry readings accompany the installation.
Dematerialization - an immersive experience that links physical space and virtual reality. Step inside an atmospheric space for a virtual performance that explores the complex relationship between technology, architecture and the human body.
Title: The Future Will Be Live
Venue: Christchurch Central City
Date: 24 October 2014