Huritanga: 10 years of transformational place-making

Kelly Dombroski; Hugh Nicholson; Rachael Shiels; Hannah Watkinson; Amanda Yates

Abstract – Tuhinga Whakarāpopoto

This book celebrates a decade of Life in Vacant Spaces, affectionately known as LiVS, and the collection of over 700 projects that LiVS have supported in the ten years since the devastating Canterbury earthquakes of 2010/2011. The projects supported by LiVS have varied in shape, scale, location, aims, outputs, participants, and people reached. The book captures just some of the diverse impacts of the projects supported by LiVS, using qualitative research and a series of questions developed by Community Economies researchers to help capture the diversity of impacts.

The book is organised around these questions:

  • How do we survive together well and equitably?
  • How can we consume sustainably?
  • How do we encounter others in ways that support mutual wellbeing?
  • How do we distribute surplus in order to enrich social and environmental health?
  • How do we care for the commons that sustain us all?
  • How do we invest in future generations?
Articles associated with this research – Karere Tūhono

News: Huritanga: 10 years of transformative placemaking – outdoor public exhibition

15 September 2022: People of Ōtautahi – Christchurch and anyone visiting the area from 13 – 29 September 2022, Life in Vacant Spaces (LiVS) invites you along to celebrate this decade of 10 years of Life in Vacant Spaces (LiVS), come and have a stroll down Cashel St Mall and read all about LiVS over the years. Funded by Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities, University of Canterbury, and Auckland University of Technology, the current exhibition features work by Amanda Yates, Hannah Watkinson, Rachael Shiels, and Kelly Dombroski. >> Read More

Keywords – Kupu Hāngai

engagement, urban development, community engagement, community development, community wellbeing, place-making, Christchurch, earthquake, earthquake recovery

Fields of Research – Āpure Rangahau

Geography; Urban Studies; Community Engagement; Community Wellbeing; Post-disaster Recovery


Date – Te Wā Whakarewa



Type – Te Auaha


Citation – Kupu Hautoa

Dombroski, K., Nicholson, H., Shiels, R., Watkinson, H., & Yates, A. (2022). Huritanga: 10 years of transformational place-making. ISBN: 978-0-473-65247-0. Christchurch: LiVS and BBHTC.