We’ve been working on this project for a while and we’re excited to say it’s just months away from being live. Open City is all about celebrating the sweet, free things that make Christchurch interesting and special. The project developed from the Gap Filler crew questioning concepts of value and how things are given value in a city. So often, these things are attractions or activities that cost money. We’re really interested in those little things that make the city interesting and different. An amazing tree. A place to feed the ducks. A sweet place to skate.

So we’re developing a project that seeks to celebrate these things, but also share them. It will all centre around a parking meter that vends a different sort of ticket. Instead of a parking ticket, it will vend a ‘sweet, free thing to do.’ And there will be a web element too to this project to allow anyone who wants to to add their sweet free thing to do or to locate things to do this way.

We’re delighted to be working with the All Right? campaign on this project who see lots of alignment with their kaupapa to support Cantabrian’s health and wellbeing.  We’re also collaborating with McCarthy and MAKE Collective on the creative side of things, which is ace.

Launch: Phase 1 July, Phase 2 September

We’ll be asking for your assistance with some BETA testing of the project, so stay tuned.