Chad Bennett Contributor

Chad Bennett

Chad has a penchant for music, travel and ecologically sustainable urban design. He has a particular interest in the work of Jan Gehl, and wishes more Australian cities would do the same.

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James Squire Rogue Tales stories: A journey through the former USSR

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By Chad Bennett in Cool Travel on Wednesday 20 November 2013

It might have been the arid 35-degree heat, the wooden ‘beds’ that we were facing another night of sleep on, or the fact that the day’s drinking had inadvertently began at 8am earlier in the day after crawling off the aforementioned bed to find some water.

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6 brilliantly colourised images bring history to life

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By Chad Bennett in New Art on Saturday 16 November 2013

Through the beauty of Photoshop, the talented Reddit community Colorized History have painstakingly restored some of history’s most poignant photos in illuminating colour, giving us an illuminating window into the past.

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Peppers Bluewater Resort in Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

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By Chad Bennett in Cool Travel on Friday 25 October 2013

It’s rare that the view of bright, gleaming sunshine can contrast with a pure, white snowstorm over the space of 12 hours but at Peppers Bluewater Resort at stunning Lake Tekapo, it’s almost a common occurrence.

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New Zealand’s coolest cafe: C1 Espresso, Christchurch

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By Chad Bennett in Cool Travel on Tuesday 22 October 2013

As one of a handful of quality, boutique coffee shops that have sprung up in the Christchurch CBD, C1 Espresso’s quirky decor, chilled vibe and sustainable attitude provide a unique flavour that is sought after in coffee capitals across the world.

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Christchurch Pallet Pavilion to live on through summer

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By Chad Bennett in Architecture on Monday 21 October 2013

It was an initiative that spawned from the creativity of Christchurch residents and the desire for an inner-city live venue among the city’s disused CBD. Originally set to be pulled down back in June, the temporary Pallet Pavilion is set to now remain open throughout the summer.

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Painstakingly beautiful papercut art by Elena Mir

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By Chad Bennett in New Art on Tuesday 8 October 2013

Valencia-based artist Elena Mir created these stunning papercut installations between 2009 and 2013. She has methodically created 3D geometric shapes using only paper, building the work layer by layer. This cool time-lapse clip shows how Elena’s work is brought to fruition. Her work will feature at Only Paper, an exhibition that showcases the possibilities of […]

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Taking in New Zealand’s Southern Alps with Methven Heliski

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By Chad Bennett in Cool Travel on Wednesday 2 October 2013

When faced with the prospect of heli-skiing Canterbury’s breathtaking Arrowsmiths, my veins filled with ice colder than a New Zealand winter as visions of a 20-metre plunge out of a helicopter flashed across my mind. Thankfully, these extreme ideas couldn’t have been much further from the truth. The fact is, heli-skiing has become a more […]

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The allure of the atmosphere at Porters Ski, Canterbury

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By Chad Bennett in Cool Travel on Tuesday 17 September 2013

Australia has an increasing enthusiasm for a swathe of New Zealand’s ski options and Porters, located just over an hour’s drive from Christchurch, is fast becoming one of the top picks in the Canterbury region. With inexpensive flights from Sydney to Christchurch taking just three hours, you can be on the slopes in less time […]

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Lake Tekapo powers down to light up stunning night sky on Mt John

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By Chad Bennett in Cool Travel on Friday 13 September 2013

If you live in one of the world’s thriving metropolises, chances are the artificial light created by the city makes it nigh on impossible to take in the wonders of the night sky. The Earth and Sky Observatory Tour atop Mt John, 1,029 metres above sea level, gives stargazers a majestic window in the universe unaffected by city lights.

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Immersed at Tekapo Springs, Lake Tekapo

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By Chad Bennett in Cool Travel on Thursday 12 September 2013

Let’s face it – for most of us, skiing and boarding is an exhilarating but physically taxing exercise. So when presented with the chance to revitalise in hot pools overlooking Lake Tekapo and New Zealand’s Southern Alps at Tekapo Springs, we had to check it out. Situated in the Mackenzie Basin at the foot of […]

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CBD bar brings life into inner-city Christchurch, New Zealand

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By Chad Bennett in Cool Travel on Monday 9 September 2013

Like many, up and coming boutique brewery Cassels and Sons was hit hard by the earthquakes that rocked Christchurch in 2011. But it didn’t stop them opening CBD, a vibrant establishment that breathes life into the inner city.

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Street art emerges in the rebuild of Christchurch

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By Chad Bennett in New Art on Thursday 5 September 2013

As Christchurch continues to rebuild itself, many of the buildings irreparably damaged in the city’s CBD will be demolished as new, innovative design projects emerge. In the interim, it has given some of the city’s street artists the opportunity to showcase their talent. Christchurch has always been renowned as a cultural and creative hub, and […]

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Cardboard Cathedral a sign of the re-emergence of Christchurch

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By Chad Bennett in Cool Travel on Thursday 5 September 2013

The city of Christchurch is in the midst of what is, and will continue to be, a painstaking rebuild in the aftermath of the series of devastating earthquakes in 2011. But the signs of progress are popping up throughout the area’s CBD, as evidenced by the transitional cathedral that officially opened last month.

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