48 Hour Design Challenge

Registration for the Christchurch City Council 48 Hour Design Challenge is now open

Date:    Friday 1 July to Sunday 3 July

Due to Monday's aftershocks and the lack of access to the Red Zone for the 48 hour Challenge, the event has been moved from the 24th – 26th June 2011  to Friday 1 July to Sunday 3 July. This will ensure the quality of the event is not compromised.

A meeting will be held on Tuesday 21 June to provide an update and give you a chance to meet those involved in the organising of the Challenge. More information about this will be posted soon.

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The Christchurch City Council is running a 48 Hour Design Challenge the weekend of 2 and 3 July providing an opportunity for the design and architecture industry to contribute to the Central City Plan.

Twenty teams of seven (including one design student on each team) will be tasked with designing the look, functionality and use of a specific part of the Central City.

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker says the weekend Challenge is aimed at stimulating discussion and ideas amongst talented design professionals.

“This is a great way for us to get input from people who have experience with city design, and then feed what they come up with through to Council staff developing the Central City Plan.”

The participants will receive guidelines such as keeping to national building codes, incorporating green spaces, considering people and how they will interact with the space, transportation constraints, and building use.

Teams will be handed their briefs, including the piece of the Central City they have been assigned to redesign, at midday Friday 1 July and will have until midday Sunday 3 to produce their best design concept for their area.

To apply, please complete and scan the below registration form and email to Tessa Smith: CCP48Game@ccc.govt.nz.  Registrations MUST be received by 5pm, Wednesday 22 June.

All queries are to be directed to Tessa Smith at the above email or via mobile 021 777-839


  • The first 10 teams to register via email will be automatically accepted into the challenge
  • The balance 10 team positions will be decided by random ballot.All applicants will receive notification of successful teams via email
  • Rules of the game will be attached to the emails all successful teams


PDF   Brief
PDF   Terms & Conditions
PDF   Registration form