Archive for September, 2008

Can emissions trading save the planet?

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 or call Wendy on 03 9631 5407.

Cost: $15, $10 ATA & TAI members (Includes refreshments)

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Re-assembling the urban with international guest Prof Saskia Sassen

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.

Low carbon tranport for our cities workshop symposium

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.

Tony Adams’ work featured tonight at the Sustainable Cities Round Table!

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on September 24th, 2008

For more information about Tony Adams and his art work can be seen in previous post and live at today’s Sustainable Cities Round Table.

Sustainable Art by Tony Adams

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 later…..

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 ‘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 ‘anatomy of waste and ideas surrounding a sustainable art practice.

Geographies of Sustainable Lifestyles Annual Meeting and A Call for Abstract

Posted in Events by Devin Maeztri on September 24th, 2008

2009 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers for Geographers, GIS Specialist and Environmental Scientists, and a call for abstract.

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 ( or Frances Fahy ( ).

Visit the Association of American Geographers- Annual Meeting for more information.

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Mobilising for change workshop

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 0421 508 446
Registration: Download Registration Form

Please contact Gill Davy at 9925 2910 or

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The deadline for the Sustainable Cities Round Table now extended – RSVP Now!

Posted in Events, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Ferne Edwards on September 22nd, 2008

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

What: The Sustainable Cities Round Table – Waste Not Want Not
When: 6:30 – 8:30pm, Wednesday 24 September
Where: Carrillo Gantner theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, the University of Melbourne
RSVP: by 19 Sept to

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Metropolitan Strategies in Australia Research Paper

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 CITYFUTURES Research Centre has just released Metropolitan Strategies in Australia, City Futures Research Paper No 9, by Dr Raymond Bunker.

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 – the policies needed to address the crucial issues and challenges facing Australias cities and regions.

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Researching what grows green on rooftops

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.