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08 November 2012

Play the interactive game for an interactive future—and bring a photo of the inside of your fridge!

PIcture of map of Thames over a corner of a game board

Thames Focus Group invites you to an urban interactive gaming workshop with acclaimed urban designer Chris Moller to explore ‘what if...?’ possible scenarios of how the future might look in Thames.

Chris Moller has worked in Architecture and Urban Design in New Zealand, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and the Netherlands.

On Saturday 10 November, he sets his sights firmly on Thames and is setting up the next stage in the evolution of the town: Thamesopoly—an interactive game using an aerial photo of Thames as the game board.

“The game is an ideas engine that searches for common ground on which any future development could be based,” explains our Thames Area Manager Greg Hampton.

“We have all been waiting to unlock the potential of Thames, and now we have the opportunity. What kind of living, working, recreational and learning facilities do you imagine for Thames? Come along and let us know!”

Thames Focus Group is a formal subcommittee of the Thames Community Board and has a mandate to bring together past community input, heritage, inspirational urban design and realistic business planning to produce a strategy for the future of Thames.

What makes this process unique is a dual focus on economic development and urban design.

This means viable and achievable action plans with leading corporate finance and strategic advisory firm Cranleigh developing the business plan alongside Moller.

With the business plan and the urban plan ready to start, all they need are your best ideas for the future of Thames.

When and where?

  • Saturday 10 November
  • 10am—4pm
  • Thames Civic Centre


Refreshments provided.

Front entrance of the Thames Civic Centre

Bring a photo of your fridge

Chris Moller says you’ll need a photo of the inside of your fridge if you want to make the best of the workshop.

“The way you fill your fridge reflects the way you use your town daily, weekly and monthly,” he says.

“Think about the inside of your fridge. Imagine if the places you got these items from were all next to each other, in walking or biking distance. If you build the future of a town with that in mind, it alters the town structure to make it more livable. So bring a photo or a picture of the inside of your fridge with you on Saturday.”

Chris says the key is to tap into what Thames has to offer and “reinterpret it in a positive, practical constructive way.”

For example, he notes “the opportunities we have in Thames at the moment, such as the lanes and alleyways, can be used a whole lot more beautifully for an awesome and rich community.”

About Chris Moller (CMA+U)

Chris was Senior Urbanist for the city of Groningen from 1995 to 2003 and was responsible for major masterplan developments at Europapark with Wiel Arets, Central Station with KCAP, and Arts/Architecture Manifesation Blue Moon festival with Toyo Ito.

Chris is also the winner of numerous international awards and competitions including Gallipoli Peace Park, Samarkand Regeneration, Tallinn Aquarium,  and Grenoble Ville du Foret.

About Cranleigh

Cranleigh advised DB Breweries on the sale of Liquorland to Foodstuffs New Zealand, advised SecurePay, a leading Australian payments technology company, on its position as substantial shareholder and executive in the successful sale of the company to Australia Post, and provided advice to Auckland DHBs to solve delivery, contract and performance issues.

Cranleigh is now working with Thames Focus Group to make sure the final vision for Thames will be able to be achieved within the existing windows of opportunity provided under the direction of the Thames Community Board.