From the Archive: Urban Sprawl, New Zealand

West Melton, Christchurch, New Zealand. © www.thomaspickard.com

West Melton, Christchurch, New Zealand. © www.thomaspickard.com

Less than 10-years ago this was all farm land. In the aftermath of the Christchurch Earthquakes, a number of areas in and around Christchurch city were red zoned, which meant people could no longer live in those areas and had to find somewhere else to live.

For a lot of people that meant going west - to places like West Melton in this photo, or north - to places like Kaiapoi, Pegasus and Rangiora.

One of the things that I notice about the homes in this photo, is how big they are. Developers often have caveats on their developments and one of those is often what the minimum size, a house must be. Given I live with my family in a 72 square metre house on a 650 square metre block of land, I find the size of the homes in this photo excessive. Yet I know, compared to other parts of the world, some people would find the size of my home excessive too.

It is all about perspectives really.