If your home town is levelled by a terrible series of earthquakes, tearing buildings apart and taking countless lives, what would you do to help? What if you had some kind of knowledge, insight or skill that could help bring order to chaos, would you sit by idly or would you jump at the chance to do some good? This was exactly the situation faced by André Lovatt, todays guest on Creative Agency. In 2011, after more than a decade leading parts of the world’s most highly renowned civil engineering firm, Arup, he decided that he could not simply sit watching on the sidelines when his hometown of Christchurch was suffering. He packed his bags, said farewell to his team, and went home.
It’s not every day you get the chance to speak with a city councillor. Rarer still, a city councillor in a city recently ravaged by devastating earthquakes. It wouldn’t be difficult to understate the enormity of the task facing the people and the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. A huge amount of effort has been dedicated to restoring the battered city centre, but for newly minted city Councillor Raf Manji, the hard work has really only just begun.