Superuse in Architecture

Superuse in Architecture add

The radically sustainable practice of Superuse will be introduced to mainstream architecture and Christchurch audiences as part of October's FESTA - in the hopes it will catch on.

The Festival of Transitional Architecture - FESTA - held biennially on Labour Weekend, is an urban creative celebratory event that keeps pace with the city as it rebuilds and regenerates.

The Festival's Director, Jessica Halliday, says this year's theme We Have the Means came about as a response to conversations suggesting the rebuild of Christchurch was not realising the community's vision for an environmentally sustainable city.

"The question we asked ourselves was - how do we explore all that in just a weekend?"

The result is a focus on making the most of the resources available. This includes people and reusable materials through spectacular large-scale temporary architectural installations, workshops, talks, pop-up projects, family events, foraging tours, live performance, artworks and more.

FESTA comprises an international collaboration of contributions from architecture and design schools across Australasia. The creative director of Lean Means is Dutch Architect Jos de Krieger, partner at Superuse Studios, who is globally prominent for repurposing materials through design.

The temporary city will be transformed by installations made from reused 'waste' materials. Superuse has brought a material catalogue system they created called Harvest Map, to New Zealand to assist with FESTA projects and is available for the public to use.

"As well as bringing people together for an amazing shared experience, the festival's purpose is also to explore an architectural idea and to be a catalyst for change," says Halliday.

"The idea of exploring Superuse at FESTA - which involves radically sustainable practice - was to suggest concepts and trigger conversations about how the principles could be made applicable to mainstream architecture. If you like, it is a way of introducing another tool into the toolbox for local architects and designers."

FESTA's headline event is a spectacular large-scale temporary reimagined city street party called Lean Means.

Live for one night only, the free and open to all, event is expected to attract thousands.

With so many collaborators on board, from artists through to local businesses, the crowd-created festival is this year benefiting from crowdfunding as an appropriate way to help fund festivities.

ADNZ is on board and sponsoring architect Amiria Kiddle's FESTA installation Ahorangi's Spider, which will temporarily transform the Arcades on the high profile corner site at Durham and Kilmore Streets, into a playful expression of a contemporary Māori story in an urban setting.

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Photography by CityUps, a Studio Christchurch led collaboration for FESTA 2014. Images by Peanut Productions.