Interests In Conserving the Identity of Christchurch (IConIC)
IConIC was formed following the destructive Christchurch earthquake of 22 February 2011 to advocate for the retention of all buildings in the central city which could be repaired, strengthened and returned to economic use. The group consists of individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds including heritage professionals and advocates, building owners, property developers and inner city businessmen, all of whom share the belief that the clean-slate approach being pursued by first, Civil Defence and subsequently, the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) will not provide the best outcome for the future of the city.
To restore the central city as a vibrant place of economic, social, cultural and public life the historic fabric of our built environment needs to be preserved as much as possible. Despite seeking ongoing dialogue with CERA, the destruction of heritage has continued apace. IConIC recognises that many buildings were damaged beyond viable economic repair but we believe that many more buildings have been demolished than is necessary. We believe that there are viable, internationally-proven, seismic engineering solutions that are being ignored and that it is time to slow down and take stock of what is left and to reassess how we approach the building stock that is still standing.
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