Category Archives: Co-creation

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 productive co-designing phase, where a Working Group of community representatives worked with our designer Jonathan Hall (and others of the GtR team) to develop a design that was best suited to the space and the wishes of the community.

That brought us into the procurement and building stage, and we could not have done this without big hearted people and generous sponsors such as Rod from Aistrope Engineers, the Pump House for the timber, Loscam Limited for the pallets Hire KING for the fencing, Briford for our trailer and Daveron for the scaffolding. And of course our funders: Christchurch City Council and Rata foundation. And a special mention: thanks to Officer Spike for outstanding services to the project! And of course the amazing Viviana from the Phillipstown Hub.

So with the fencing in place, the containers in position and the scaffolding up, we are now we getting volunteers lined up, so we can build this together with the community.

We are pumped!

Our trusty Briford trailer
HireKING delivering the fencing
Scaffolding for the main structure
Moving existing bits
… and pieces
Them GtR boys: Jonny and Jono
Containers arriving
They will serve as storage and workshop space
Truckloads of containers
Containers in place


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

Built by Honest Means

Huge thanks to:

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