A new book that reviews, critiques and re-imagines the government’s Christchurch Central Recovery Plan – or Blueprint – which continues to determine the post-earthquake planning of the centre of Christchurch. We use this recovery plan as a lens through which to explore multiple facets of disaster recovery and the opportunities inherent in such a situation. We have gathered a combination of national and international voices to discuss aspects of the recovery plan and to offer up alternative projects and approaches. From public consultation through to transport, planning frameworks and economics, Once in a Lifetime offers the first substantial critique of the recovery plan, identifies what is falling through and growing in the cracks, and presents a range of alternative approaches along with projects that visually document community, business and government responses. Featuring contributions from Kevin McCloud, Rebecca Macfie, Dr Stuart Candy, Roger Sutton and many more!