We’ve rebranded to The Green Lab

We have exciting news: Greening the Rubble has rebranded to The Green Lab! While our name may change, our focus remains the same: to create urban green spaces that support strong social connections and wellbeing.

Why did we change it? Christchurch has evolved beyond an immediate post-earthquake reality, and so have we. We wanted a name that was more future-orientated and still expressed our approachable, innovative and experimental green nature.

We will continue to work with communities to create urban green spaces but you will also see us providing services like indoor greening for organisations and delivering workshops from our new moveable workshop The Green Lab.

Keep in touch with us through:

Facebook: @thegreenlabnz
Instagram: @thegreenlabnz and through our new website: www.thegreenlab.co.nz Just be a little patient with us as we work through the different changes on our website!

Thank you for your continued support and friendship. We truly are lucky to have so much support from our community!

Green greeting from The Green Lab team, and a massive shout out to the amazing team at TimeZoneOne who sponsored and designed our rebrand.

Phillipstown Hub gathering place “Kotahitanga” officially opened

On the 25th of March our new project, Kotahitanga, was officially opened. More than 100 people gathered in the new community space at the Phillipstown Community Hub to share kai and companionship. What a fantastic day with a wonderful community! Named by the Phillipstown Community Hub, Kotahitanga means togetherness, unity, solidarity, collective action. And this gathering space embodies… Continue Reading

Tiny Shop Village Linwood Project underway!

Exciting times for Linwood village! We are working on the Linwood Tiny Shop Village project, where we are collaborating with Te Whare Roimata and Christchurch City Council to create a micro-village containing 5 to 7 tiny shops and a community garden for community use. By partnering with a well-established, embedded and well-connected community organisation like… Continue Reading

Car-Scaping the East frame

With the Phillipstown Hub project in full swing and the Linwood Tiny Shops Project picking up steam, the installation of the carpark garden is slow but steady. The Celeste is part of the Gapfiller Eastframe Carpark project. It is close to those amazing giant spray cans. Today, Jonathan and Jono have been preparing the car… Continue Reading

Building has started at Phillipstown Hub

We are very excited to have started the building phase of the Gathering Space for the Phillipstown Hub! We had an enjoyable and successful community engagement phase, where we got to know the Phillipstown Hub community and got an idea of the themes that the community wanted for the space. We then engaged in a… Continue Reading

Initial designs for Phillipstown Hub revealed!

We are so excited to see the Phillipstown Hub project taking shape! Drawing on the input from the community and the themes that came through in chats with the community groups, Jonny from Greening the Rubble made three concept designs. What is your favourite? Last week we took those designs to the newly established Phillipstown… Continue Reading

Co-create Spaces Workshop at Streets for People

Co-create Spaces Workshop at Streets for People

The creative juices were flowing at the Streets for People event in Christchurch on Sunday 1 October. It was great to see so many people out and the streets alive with activity. As an organisation, we are experimenting with ways in which we can co-create with people, rather than designing for people. So, as part of this event,… Continue Reading

Pizza and Design at the Philipstown Hub

Pizza and Design at the Philipstown Hub

  We had a wonderful pizza party and ‘ideas jam’ on Sunday 24 September at the Phillipstown Community Hub. What an amazingly balmy evening for it! We have been asked to help transform the Philipstown Hub into a gathering space where the community likes to be. And for the last month we have been talking… Continue Reading

Pimp-a-car for eastframe installation with Gapfiller

Pimp-a-car for eastframe installation with Gapfiller

We have been pimping a car for an installation for a carpark in the east frame of Christchurch. This is a collaboration with our friends from Gap Filler. Jono and Jonny found this amazing car, have been doing it up and they will be filling it with native plants and trees! Nature trumps automobiles! Continue Reading

Koha Garden working bee with Adam McGrath

Koha Garden working bee with Adam McGrath

What a great working bee at the Koha Garden at 108 Stanmore road.  It was a good day to kick off Spring after a very rainy few months, and to revisit the site and community members.  To fuel the efforts of the crew, and celebrate in general, a BBQ, coffees and free soda from the… Continue Reading

We’ve rebranded to The Green Lab

We have exciting news: Greening the Rubble has rebranded to The Green Lab! While our name may change, our focus remains the same: to create urban green spaces that support strong social connections and wellbeing.

Why did we change it? Christchurch has evolved beyond an immediate post-earthquake reality, and so have we. We wanted a name that was more future-orientated and still expressed our approachable, innovative and experimental green nature.

We will continue to work with communities to create urban green spaces but you will also see us providing services like indoor greening for organisations and delivering workshops from our new moveable workshop The Green Lab.

Keep in touch with us through:

Facebook: @thegreenlabnz
Instagram: @thegreenlabnz and through our new website: www.thegreenlab.co.nz Just be a little patient with us as we work through the different changes on our website!

Thank you for your continued support and friendship. We truly are lucky to have so much support from our community!

Green greeting from The Green Lab team, and a massive shout out to the amazing team at TimeZoneOne who sponsored and designed our rebrand.

Phillipstown Hub gathering place “Kotahitanga” officially opened

On the 25th of March our new project, Kotahitanga, was officially opened. More than 100 people gathered in the new community space at the Phillipstown Community Hub to share kai and companionship. What a fantastic day with a wonderful community! Named by the Phillipstown Community Hub, Kotahitanga means togetherness, unity, solidarity, collective action. And this gathering space embodies… Continue Reading

Tiny Shop Village Linwood Project underway!

Exciting times for Linwood village! We are working on the Linwood Tiny Shop Village project, where we are collaborating with Te Whare Roimata and Christchurch City Council to create a micro-village containing 5 to 7 tiny shops and a community garden for community use. By partnering with a well-established, embedded and well-connected community organisation like… Continue Reading

Car-Scaping the East frame

With the Phillipstown Hub project in full swing and the Linwood Tiny Shops Project picking up steam, the installation of the carpark garden is slow but steady. The Celeste is part of the Gapfiller Eastframe Carpark project. It is close to those amazing giant spray cans. Today, Jonathan and Jono have been preparing the car… Continue Reading

Building has started at Phillipstown Hub

We are very excited to have started the building phase of the Gathering Space for the Phillipstown Hub! We had an enjoyable and successful community engagement phase, where we got to know the Phillipstown Hub community and got an idea of the themes that the community wanted for the space. We then engaged in a… Continue Reading

Initial designs for Phillipstown Hub revealed!

We are so excited to see the Phillipstown Hub project taking shape! Drawing on the input from the community and the themes that came through in chats with the community groups, Jonny from Greening the Rubble made three concept designs. What is your favourite? Last week we took those designs to the newly established Phillipstown… Continue Reading

Co-create Spaces Workshop at Streets for People

Co-create Spaces Workshop at Streets for People

The creative juices were flowing at the Streets for People event in Christchurch on Sunday 1 October. It was great to see so many people out and the streets alive with activity. As an organisation, we are experimenting with ways in which we can co-create with people, rather than designing for people. So, as part of this event,… Continue Reading

Pizza and Design at the Philipstown Hub

Pizza and Design at the Philipstown Hub

  We had a wonderful pizza party and ‘ideas jam’ on Sunday 24 September at the Phillipstown Community Hub. What an amazingly balmy evening for it! We have been asked to help transform the Philipstown Hub into a gathering space where the community likes to be. And for the last month we have been talking… Continue Reading

Pimp-a-car for eastframe installation with Gapfiller

Pimp-a-car for eastframe installation with Gapfiller

We have been pimping a car for an installation for a carpark in the east frame of Christchurch. This is a collaboration with our friends from Gap Filler. Jono and Jonny found this amazing car, have been doing it up and they will be filling it with native plants and trees! Nature trumps automobiles! Continue Reading

Koha Garden working bee with Adam McGrath

Koha Garden working bee with Adam McGrath

What a great working bee at the Koha Garden at 108 Stanmore road.  It was a good day to kick off Spring after a very rainy few months, and to revisit the site and community members.  To fuel the efforts of the crew, and celebrate in general, a BBQ, coffees and free soda from the… Continue Reading

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