Simple solutions

In March, 2016, the State of North Carolina passed a “bathroom bill” that requires people to use public restrooms of their sex at birth and not the sex to which they identify. Although there was a great outcry from various community leaders and celebrities, the law remains in effect in North Carolina.

With the subsequent election of President Donald Trump, this situation has paled in light of other, more sinister decisions that are now being made in the USA. Apparently, several other states are also considering similar legislation.

Meanwhile, on a recent visit to Christchurch, New Zealand, I spotted these public washroom facilities in the downtown core. The signs say “Unisex Restroom”, and the doors are all colours of the rainbow. There is no need to have to make any choice here – other than finding one that is vacant!

This blog post is my contribution to Thursday Doors this week. Perhaps a bit out of the mainstream of submissions, but there is a message here.

Continuing on the topic of Thursday Doors, kudos to Norm Frampton on his February 2nd post regarding the recent murder of 6 people in a Muslim mosque in Quebec City. Doors on places of worship are left open to welcome anyone who wishes to enter. Doors do not discriminate but people do. Time to take a pause and think about all of the people who were affected by the events in Quebec.

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Simple solutions

Out with the Old and in with the New

On February 22, 2011, a major earthquake struck the South Island of New Zealand. The City of Christchurch was near the epicentre of the quake, and many older Victorian and Edwardian buildings in the CBD were severely damaged as a result.

Nearly six years later, the City is still in the process of demolition and rebuilding. A few of the older buildings are being restored, but much of the CBD remains clustered with gravelled parking lots amid the streets and construction sites.

Some of the new architecture is a stark minimalist solution, especially when compared with the older buildings. No doubt, the new buildings are more seismically resistant, but something has been lost in the transformation.

The following images illustrate the process of transition in Christchurch. To see more photos of Christchurch, refer to my Flickr website.

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The former Lawrie & Wilson Auctioneers Building was built in 1912 and most recently housed the Christchurch City Council Traffic Department. It is currently being restored as part of the South Frame.
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We Create Space!
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Re:START – this refers to the temporary shopping mall that has been created by using shipping containers.
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the new Minimalism