breathe: The New Urban Village Project A competition to design and build a new place for living in the Central City



Sponsors: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE); Christchurch City Council; Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) /Christchurch City Development Unit (CCDU)

Type, open, two-stage, international

Fee: none

Language: English

Eligibility: Architects, landscape architects and planners

The site

The site was identified in the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan to showcase the opportunities for high-quality, medium density residential development in central Christchurch, New Zealand. The site is designated for a “Residential Demonstration Project” in the Christchurch City Plan.


15 January 2013 – Stage one submissions due

February 2013 – Stage one winners announced; three teams shortlisted for stage two

July 2013 – Stage two winners announced

Compensation: Each shortlisted team will receive NZ$20,000 for stage two

Submission procedure: Entries to be submitted in digital pdf format.


• Kevin McCloud (UK Grand Designs)

• Stuart Gardyne, Chair (Architect)

• Martin Udale (Development specialist)

• Di Lucas (Landscape architect)

• Kevin Simcock (Engineer)

• Hula Reriti (Ngai Tahu Architect)

• Zea Harman (Youth Leader)

Design Challenge

The challenge is to design an exemplar residential development of no less than 50 dwellings on the 10,194m2 project site, balanced with amenity and shared

facilities. Designs should cater to the needs and life stages of Christchurch/ Otautahi residents by providing a range of household types, sizes and prices.

A requirement of the competition is that the winning scheme will not only be an exemplar in architectural and urban design, but must also be economically viable.

To enter the competition, entries are to be submitted online at: