We invite you to join us as we pilot a new type of space in the heart of Ōtautahi Christchurch. Understorey is the latest project from The Green Lab: a free to access, community, events, co-working, and collaboration space.
For six weeks from August 18th, the stunning Arts Centre Gym will be transformed into a social space where people can come together and just be in the central city, without having to purchase anything. In this first iteration of the project, we invite you to connect with change organisations, community groups, innovators, entrepreneurs, and creatives alike.
We know the past couple of years have wrought big changes to the ways we work and connect with each other. This project brings a range of people together, tests ways of sharing space, and hopes to support a flourishing, wellbeing-focused economy. The multi-function space will be fit out with creative furniture that supports connection and collaboration (including our Green Connection Pod), and of course, plenty of plants delivering all the wellbeing benefits that come from being surrounded by them.
“Plants thrive in a complex world by communicating, sharing resources and transforming their environments” (Montgomery, 2021); humans are much the same. In a healthy forest ecosystem, the understory is the layer between the ground and the canopy. Home to rich biodiversity which nurtures new generations of saplings, the understory makes important contributions to the stability of the ecosystem. At The Green Lab, we see our role as tending to the community understorey in Ōtautahi Christchurch.
During the day and often into the evenings over the six week pop-up, we will be hosting events, conversations, and opportunities to join community groups, innovators and organisations as they share with us all what they love to do.
The Green Lab’s fit-out in this unique heritage space will be officially opened on 18th August 2021. You don’t have to wait until then to become part of the project though. In line with our co-design approach, we welcome you to connect with us as we co-create this new way of coming together in the central city. Keep an eye on The Green Lab’s social media as we share more details and reveal a packed programme of events.
understorey is a pilot project; The Green Lab’s dream is to find a permanent home supported by a sustainable business model. The pilot is supported by the COVID Lotteries Response, Christchurch City Council, and The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora.