Fiona Farrell, Anna Smaill, Hugh Nicholson, Hamish
Clayton, chaired by Lara Strongman
Taking the Christchurch blueprint as a starting
point, the panel looks at ways we imagine cities; either in
fiction, in history, or in contemporary life, whether as utopias or
dystopias … cities imagined or reimagined.
Fiona Farrell's new non-fiction book
Villa at the Edge of Empire addresses fundamental
questions proposed by any map: Where am I? How did we get here?
Where do we go now? Anna Smaill's The Chimes
is set in the musical dystopia of an alternative London;
Hamish Clayton's The Pale North features a
post-quake reimagined Wellington, and Hugh Nicholson is principal
adviser urban design at the Christchurch City
Chaired by Lara Strongman, senior curator at the
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu.