Khye Hitchcock joined The Green Lab in 2018, with a background is in contemporary art curation, community project development, and event production. Khye is interested in connecting people, collaborative co-design practices, and inclusivity. Their previous roles include: Co-Chair of Qtopia – an LGBTQIA+ youth support organisation 2019-2020; Producer/Curator for the headline event of FESTA (Festival of Transitional Architecture); Curator, Toi Moroki CoCA Centre of Contemporary Art 2016 – 2018; Curatorial Assistant at Scape Public Art 2015; and Curatorial Assistant Artspace Aotearoa 2013 – 2014. Khye graduated with a first class Masters in Fine Art from University of Auckland in 2012.
Greening the Rubble emerged after the 2010 Canterbury earthquakes to green rubble sites with temporary landscaping and planting projects to bring people back into the city and contribute to its rejuvenation. Initially a volunteer-driven, grass roots organisation, we became a Registered Charitable Trust in 2013. The Christchurch City Council came on board early to support the organisation with funding.
While we still do inner city greening projects the nature of our work changed with the city’s evolving needs. We started to create green spaces for residential regenerating communities, with a focus on working with communities to co-create spaces that support strong connections and wellbeing. By including end-users in the creation of the space, we enable capacity building and skill development. Recent examples are Kotahitanga, a gathering space created with the Phillipstown community, and Linwood Tiny Shops, a collaboration with Te Whare Roimata and the Christchurch City Council to create a micro-village of tiny shops and a garden for community use.
In 2019 we rebranded as The Green Lab. As Christchurch evolves beyond an immediate post-earthquake reality, so are we. While our name has changed, our focus remains the same: to create urban green spaces that support strong social connections and wellbeing. We will continue to work with communities to create urban green spaces but you will also see us provide indoor greening products and services for organisations and deliver workshops from our moveable workspace The Green Lab.