Archive for September, 2008
Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on September 30th, 2008
The Alternative Technology Association and The Australia Institute present: Can emissions trading save the planet? Richard Denniss and Alan Pears will discuss Australia’s looming emissions trading scheme – the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. Theyll look at what emission trading involves, how the proposed cap and trade scheme should work and if it is likely to work. Discover why voluntary contributions like buying greenpower wont contribute to reducing emissions under the proposed scheme. A question and answer session follows the discussion.
When: 6.30pm onwards for a 7pm start, Thursday 9 October
Where: Federation Hall, Victorian College of the Arts, Grant St, Southbank (near St Kilda Rd)
How: Book and pay for your ticket prior to the event via ATA webshop shop.ata.org.au or call Wendy on 03 9631 5407.
Cost: $15, $10 ATA & TAI members (Includes refreshments)
Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on September 29th, 2008
Please view the flyer for the upcoming “Re-assembling the Urban” forum at the Global Cities Institute for this Wednesday. If the poster is too small to read click on the image to make it bigger or visit the Global Cities Institute website for more information.
Posted in Events by Devin Maeztri on September 25th, 2008
Australasian Centre for Governance and Management of Urban Transport (GAMUT) and the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL) present a workshop and symposium led by Professor John Whitelegg.
What: Workshop Symposium “Low Carbon Transport for Our Cities”
When: 10-13 November 2008
Where: University House, The University of Melbourne
Please find the workshop symposium brochure for detailed schedule and registration form.
Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on September 24th, 2008
Posted in Events by Devin Maeztri on September 24th, 2008
Tony Adams will present some of his art work in Sustainable Cities Round Table this Wednesday.
2000 high tides laterâ€¦..
I have been engaging with the discarded and displaced objects from Middle Park Beach in Port Phillip Bay. The gathered gleanings – flotsam and jetsam in all shapes and sizes – reveal a rich diversity of industrial, nautical, biological, social and domestic objects and fragments. As a sculptor, these findings present a multitude of possibilities, from a raw unencumbered resource, to a material that offers readings of its history & the culture that created it. I work with the bright colourful plastics, bottle tops, floats and ropes and sea-worn glass and wood, as well as the syringes, sharp glass, plastic bags, fishhooks and other â€˜difficult materials found at this site. The sheer quantity and persistence of the flow of washed-up detritus at this urban site, called for a methodology that involves collecting, sorting, cataloguing, collating and storing. In terms of sculptures. I often create works that are transient, that re-use and re-configure the materials within new contexts. In particular I am interested in both the natural and human impact on the land at these inter-tidal zones. Where land meets sea, the debris of society seems incongruous, yet provides a source and context of rich materials for the development of artworks. The seas soften the harshness of the waste, and my practice balances the fine-line between aestheticising the materials while also aiming to emphasis the inherent ecological problems.
Since graduating from undergraduate studies in Sydney in the mid 90s, I have maintained a daily studio-based art practice and exhibited consistently. Working with the specificity of site and a concern with the environment have remained primary in my practice. Since completing a Masters Degree at Victoria College of the Arts in 2005, I have been involved in a wide variety of exhibitions, festivals and forums, generally within an ecological framework. I am currently completing a Masters (by Research) at Monash University thats exploring an â€˜anatomy of waste and ideas surrounding a sustainable art practice.
Posted in Events by Devin Maeztri on September 24th, 2008
When: 22 – 27 March 2009
Where: Riviera Hotel, Las Vegas
Deadline for abstract: 16 October 2008
Session Organisers: Stewart Barr (University of Exeter) and Frances Fahy (University of Ulster) Sponsored by the Environmental Perception and Behavioural Geographies Research Group of the AAG
Please forward expressions of interest and abstracts (250 words) for contributions to the session organisers: Stewart Barr (S.W.Barr
@exeter.ac.uk) or Frances Fahy (f.fahy
Visit the Association of American Geographers- Annual Meeting for more information.
Posted in Events by Devin Maeztri on September 23rd, 2008
What: “Mobilising for Change“, a workshop for people seeking to build engaging campaigns
When: Friday and Saturday, 17-18 October 2008/9:30am-5:00pm
Where: RMIT University, Swanston Street, Melbourne
Facilitator: James Whelan and Holly Hammond, The Change Agency
Cost: $150/$300/$500 (including resources and refreshments) Please contact Holly Hammond to discuss your fee at holly
@thechangeagency.org/t. 0421 508 446
Registration: Download Registration Form
Please contact Gill Davy at 9925 2910 or advocacy
The next Sustainable Cities Round Table on “Waste Not Want Not” has now been reviewed in the University of Melbourne’s Vision paper and will also be promoted on 29 radio stations across Victoria! The deadline for the RSVPs has been extended – if you haven’t yet RSVPed your seat for this event do so now! RSVP to rsvp@SustainableMelbourne.com.
What: The Sustainable Cities Round Table – Waste Not Want Not
When: 6:30 â€“ 8:30pm, Wednesday 24 September
Where: Carrillo Gantner theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, the University of Melbourne
RSVP: by 19 Sept to rsvp
Posted in Research by Devin Maeztri on September 22nd, 2008
You might find the following research paper from the CITYFUTURES Research Centre useful for your own research!
The Research Paper brings together four papers written to review metropolitan strategies in Australia released over the last six years for the state capital cities of Sydney, Melbourne, South East Queensland (Greater Brisbane), Adelaide and Perth. The four papers do not form a unified whole with a common template, rather they mark an evolution in discussion from Sydney to all the other strategies. More importantly they show an extension in the ambit of the discussion. The first three papers review strategies in their own terms. The last paper presents a more radical view about how metropolitan strategies might evolve to shape the spatial outcomes of – and influences on â€“ the policies needed to address the crucial issues and challenges facing Australias cities and regions.
Posted in Models by Devin Maeztri on September 19th, 2008
Rooftop gardens can be one of the energy saving options for people living in urban areas. It makes your roof not only greener but also creates the building more environmental friendly. Dr. Nick Williams from the University of Melbourne Burnley Campus is conducting research to evaluate the potential of using native vegetation under Australian climatic conditions.
Please visit the University of Melbourne Voice Vol. 3, No. 6 to find more information about green roofs.