Photographer's Note

On 4 September 2010 & 22 Feb 2011 Christchurch was hit by two two earthquakes. The first, although the more powerful on the Richter scale (7.1) was centred away from the city. On 22 February 2012 a second earthquake struck (6.3 on the Richter scale) which was shallower & its epicentre much closer to the city centre. As a result serious damage & loss of life occurred to buildings already damaged by the September quake. The Christ Church Anglican Cathedral, the centre of Christchurch was seriously damaged &, controversially, may have to be completely removed.

As an interim measure a 'Transitional' Cardboard Cathedral in being constructed in nearby Latimer Square. The brainchild of Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, the Cathedral in constructed of thick cardboard tubes which are projected to last around 50 years. Work on the foundations began in July 2012, and has progressed steadily ever since. The result is a rather interesting construction which will also include a 'Rose' window, the original which was destroyed in a quake aftershock. For full information & progress see

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  • Copyright: Neil Rawlins (Antipodean) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 164 W: 0 N: 194] (1312)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-03-01
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/13.0, 1/640 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2013-03-28 16:03
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