Re-Start is a temporary mall built from 64 shipping containers in Cashel St in the CBD of Christchurch, New Zealand. It was a response to the 2011 earthquake, and when I was there in early 2017 Re-Start --basically a pop up mall---was a very successful, people gathering place.
The containers were bright and colourful and the place had a funky, vibrant vibe. It was such a contrast to the rest of the CBD.
Re-Start's days are numbered. The place is due to be closed down on Sunday, April 30, as its role as a transitional space is complete as the new CBD retail spaces come on stream. I understand that there will be a permanent Farmers Market.
The story of Christchurch’s iconic transitional shipping container mall is being farewelled with with a farewell photography exhibition-- 61 Days to Re:START: An Exhibition in Photos. Unfortunately none of the photos in the exhibition are online.