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Creating Sustainable Neighbourhoods: State of Design Forum

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on July 14th, 2010

© Jacqui Monie, University of Melbourne

Creating Sustainable Neighbourhoods will explore how behavioural change and precinct development interrelate. Together, these forces can create sustainable neighbourhoods. This forum demonstrates how design plays a critical role in creating vibrant, sustainable development. We will also explore the role of design in creating sustainable outcomes through innovative building projects, urban and infrastructure design and by creating strategic frameworks.

A sustainable precinct is more than just sustainable built forms. It also requires the support of a sustainable community; new practices and patterns of living. Yet how do we sell the benefits of sustainable futures? Individuals respond to visionary ideas, especially if they can see them translated into real actions. For example, five or six star green star buildings have set new benchmarks that others have been inspired to follow. In light of this, what might a 10 star green star precinct and community look like? The forum presents a number of iconic projects that are currently inspiring change and encouraging innovative design practice.

The forum is aimed at those in design and non-design fields with an interest in the contribution of designers and the design process in creating sustainable neighbourhoods. It demonstrates how designers collaborate with diverse stakeholder groups and the key role designer’s play in activities such as master planning and community interaction.  The forum includes the presentation of case studies from guest speakers, a Q&A panel discussion and a chance for audience members to envision elements of a sustainable precinct in a collaborative workshop exercise.

Come learn, collaborate and innovate.

Friday 23 July, 2010, 10.00am – 12.30pm

Free, registration for forum essential:

Village Roadshow Theatrette
State Library of Victoria
328 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Presented by Sustainability Victoria, Sponsored by Victorian Eco Innovation Lab (VEIL)

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