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LiVS brokers temporary access to vacant property, but you are the one who will manage the project.  We're open to all ideas! Most important is that you demonstrate the determination to take a project from bright idea to delivery. 


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If you are at a stage where you are ready for a site, please fill out our projects questionnaire to help us understand more about your plans and what resources you might need.  Once we receive your proposal then we can talk about next steps. Remember to include your name and contact information, otherwise we won't be able to reach you!

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A Communal Loaf

A Communal Loaf is a project by Simon Gray to educate the local community about bread making....

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Go By Bike Day

Go By Bike is celebrated all over Aotearoa as a way to encourage and celebrate alternative transport in your daily life....

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Freerange Press Book Launch!

Freerange Press is a collaborative publisher in Aotearoa known for their blog and distributing journals and books....

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Crate Escape

Crate Escape is a puzzle solving experience uniquely housed inside a 40ft shipping container!...

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The Green Lab

The Green Lab by Greening the Rubble is an experimental garden space....

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Kākano Cafe and Cookery

Kākano café and cookery school was brought to life by founder Jade Temepara just over a year ago. Kākano translates to Seed, and it is their vision to tell the story of y...

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Cultivate Christchurch

Cultivate Christchurch is a centre for urban agriculture in Christchurch....

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Sound Garden

Gap Filler along with local creatives Gaby Montejo, Jason Ware, Tim McGurk and Trent Hiles have created a variety of musical instruments from recovered and re-appropriate...

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R.A.D. Bikes

RAD (Recycle a Dunger) bikes is a community bike workshop brought to you by the team at Gap Filler....

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PopUp Gardens

This vertical Pop Up Garden has been built with an easily de-constructible and movable design....

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Imagination Station

The Imagination Station is a charity run, not-for-profit play and education centre with a whole lot of Lego!...

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Rollickin' Gelato

Teenage entrepreneur Jed Joyce opened mobile icecream cart Rollickin' Gelato in the spring of 2013.  With no driver's licence yet he relies on his mum to tow the cart to ...

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The Restless Forest

The Restless Forest is a moveable garden made up of plants native to Christchurch. The forest begins its' journey at Spark Park, located at 91 Hereford Street, made a hom...

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Rekindle Pop-up Shop

Rekindle is a social enterprise that makes furniture and other useful objects from waste wood....

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Rekindle's Offcut Series

Responding to the challenge of making productive use of offcuts, Rekindle invites artists, designers and makers to submit ideas which utilise reclaimed timber. The succes...

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Makercrate

Makercrate creators have taken a shipping container and turned it into a digital fabrication lab.  It is a social enterprise focused on creating open access to fabricatio...

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Fabriko Pop Lab

FabLab Christchurch is run by local social entrepreneurs Fabriko, and started off at the Makercrate shipping container fabrication lab at The Commons.  Fabriko returned t...

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Sumner Sunday Market

The Sumner Sunday Market happens from 10am to 2pm on the Village Green from October to April.  This LIVS site was formerly the public library, and LIVS worked with Sumner...

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Curb

Curb is a modern approach to retail with old-fashioned ideals. We are against rampant consumerism and aim to curb it by providing original local products, content and act...

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LiVS Office

The LIVS office is a demonstration of the ability of novice and skilled labour coming together to create a durable structure from earthquake salvaged materials....

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Little One Limited

Little One Limited is a shop that sells quality, recycled maternity and children's clothes. It is the newest retailer to join our shared space at 165 Gloucester Street....

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Grymmstone and Treacle Emporium

Grymmstone and Treacle houses a wide-variety of clothing and accessories for the Steam Punk enthusiast! Their items are unique and span many genres including: alternative...

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Blue Scarlet

Blue Scarlet and BellaBean Vintage will ensure that your life is full of colour.  The shop features interior design, furniture, homewares, and vintage fashion.  ...

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Tree Museum

The Tree Museum by Greening the Rubble is the newest installation, a pop-up museum featuring nine native trees....

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Alhambra Gardens

The Alhambra Gardens are located on the corner of New Regent Street and Armagh Street....

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The Jewelry Box

The Jewelry Box is a collaboration between the builders of the Microhouse, Corazon Craft and Tiki Kiwi Designs. ...

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HAU

Hau is a short film written and directed by Kate Cosbey Belton....

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Faux Arcadia

Faux Arcadia is the new project by local artist Michaela Cox. It consists of 10 images from Cox’s Master of Fine Arts which are mounted on the sides of buildings around t...

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People Building Better Cities

Christchurch organisation Te Pūtahi - Christchurch centre for architecture and city-making, hosted the People Building Better Cities exhibition during winter 2015.  The e...

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Artist Residency

The Social supports a residency where artists live in a self-contained caravan on a vacant site for a week.  The residency is focused on finding a person who is skilled w...

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Agropolis

Agropolis is a scalable transitional urban farm within Christchurch’s inner city.  It involves composting organic waste from inner city hospitality businesses as well as ...

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Anissa Victoria Loves Vintage

Anissa Victoria Loves Vintage started as a market at the Pallet Pavilion and grew into a shop at LIVS Cathedral Junction....

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Fresh Produce Market

The Garden City 2.0 Fresh Produce Market provides the community with fresh, local fruits and veg on the days between farmers markets and food bag deliveries....

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Home in the CBD

Visiting UK artist Amy Mountney set herself the challenge of nurturing a community in Christchurch central city.  Based in the Microhouse at LIVS Peterborough (created by...

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CityUps

The corner of Lichfield, Manchester and High streets came to life at Festa 2014’s main event.  CityUps transformed previously vacant lots in central Christchurch with a s...

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Milk Fight

This dairy-fuelled urban food fight was one of FESTA’s most fun and successful events. The date was set. The arena was ready. Thousands of litres of milk were on tap....

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State of Thin Air

A Bouncy Castle placed on a gravel pit. A sovereign state that has a singular piece of architecture. A resilient preschool run to office hours. The absurd met with the pr...

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Audacious

Audacious was a festival of sonic arts that featuring public sound installations, performances, sound walks, and workshops.  ...

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Dematerialization

Dematerialization is an immersive experience that links physical space and virtual reality....

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The Present State

At The Present State, the public could experience the current state of our re-growing city.  This contemplative installation filled a vacant lot behind an empty building ...

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JellouCity

The future was live and the children built their own vision of it – OUT OF JELLY!...

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Tunnel House Supper Club

Chefs Alex Davies of Shop Eight and Giulio Sturla of Roots Restaurant created a unique dining experience that was reflective of the design process and transitional enviro...

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The Inconvenience Store

Long before the earthquakes, Christchurch’s central city was struggling because of all the massive – and incredibly convenient – suburban shopping malls. Gap Filler felt ...

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Blackeyepeach

Elegance runs deeper than pure aesthetic and Blackeyepeach are fast making a name for themselves as a fresh online boutique that has managed to capture the elusive essenc...

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Roller Restart

Roller Restart is a group of people who love skating in all its forms - roller, inline, boarding, ice.  Despite there being a large skate community in town, both sporting...

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The Powerful Event

The Powerful Event was an interactive theatre piece by Holly Chappell and Tom Eason of Two Productions.  “Our idea was to open the audience up through humour, oppress the...

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Nomadic Sauna

Members of the public are invited to sit on the ground (covered with eucalyptus leaves) by the crackling fire and enjoy a Native American inspired sauna, right in the hea...

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Faces from the Collection

Christchurch Art Gallery (CAG) is repopulating places that have been emptied and dramatically changed.  Across our altered cityscape, portraits from CAG's collection have...

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Mai fm Stunt Dive

This once in a lifetime free drop experience was brought to Christchurch by Mai FM.  Mai FM radio represents the aspirations of the young at heart, it celebrates and embr...

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Afternoon on High

Afternoon on High was a day of music and film on a vacant lot in the city centre.  The live music and footage focus on the revival effort rather than the earthquakes.  Sh...

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