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ECO-CITY MELBOURNE – building a low carbon future

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on February 20th, 2009

Wednesday 25th of Feburary until Saturday 28th Feburary
Shed 4, North Wharf Road, Victoria Harbour, Docklands.

An exhibition of designs for an Ecological Business District neighbouring Docklands. Visions from the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab.

* An eco-city of the future beside the CBD
* 6000 -10000 residents and workers
* low-carbon living now: 2050 in 2020 :
* diverse life-styles and built form,
* resilient – socially, culturally, physically
* A model of sustainable prosperity: ‘living better – consuming less
What does Melbourne look like in 2032? The Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL), funded by the Victorian Sustainability Fund has looked at the last remaining vacant land available for development in Melbournes CBD known as E-Gate and applied some very radical thinking.

Last year VEIL ran a series of workshops with design staff from Melbourne, Monash, RMIT and Swinburne Universities who engaged with international and local experts to develop revolutionary visions for the E-Gate site as a zero-carbon eco-city. Around 200 students took these visions to develop design ideas for a demonstration city as a living expo of a low-carbon urban community, now known as the Ecological Business District (EBD). EBD is an eco-city of the future between the Docklands and the CBD, a new model of sustainable prosperity.

For the first time, you can take a peep at the sustainable future at ECO-CITY MELBOURNE, an exhibition featuring designs from the EBD workshops, guest speakers, tours, and a ‘Sustainable Cities Roundtable networking event from Wednesday 25th – Saturday 28th February at Shed 4, Docklands.

“Transforming our economy to deal with climate change means transforming production, infrastructure, built environments and life-styles. That can seem an overwhelming task, particularly when we have just decades to achieve real change. Yet it is clear that many people want to act now, to do what they can to make their lives more sustainable. The EBD development aims to support people to make that change. It will provide an opportunity to join in a pioneering experiment in living better, consuming less. It is being designed so that all people who live and work on the site will meet Victorias 2050 environmental targets twenty-five years ahead of time.”
Professor Chris Ryan, Director VEIL

EXHIBITION PROGRAM

Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd February
A preview of some of the designs to be featured at the ECO-CITY MELBOURNE Exhibition can
be found throughout the Sustainable Living Festival at Federation Square.

Thursday 26th February
12.00 – 4.00pm Exhibition open
4.00 – 6.00pm Exhibition closed
6.00 – 8.00pm ‘Sustainable Cities Roundtable event and networking session open to the public
RSVP essential to: rsvp@sustainablemelbourne.com by February 20th

Friday 27th February
12.00 – 6.00pm Exhibition Open
3.00 – 4.00pm Special guest presentation
4.00 – 5.00pm Question & Answer session with Professor Chris Ryan (VEIL)
please RSVP with the session date and time to rsvp@decodemedia.com.au
5.00 – 6.00pm Exhibition walking tour presented by VEIL
please RSVP with the session date and time to rsvp@decodemedia.com.au

Saturday 28th February
12.00 – 6.00pm Exhibition Open
1.00 – 2.00pm Question & Answer session with Dianne Moy (VEIL)
please RSVP with the session date and time to rsvp@decodemedia.com.au
2.00 – 3.00pm Exhibition walking tour presented by VEIL
please RSVP with the session date and time to rsvp@decodemedia.com.au

EXHIBITION DETAILS

WHO: Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab

WHAT: ECO-CITY MELBOURNE: Building a low carbon future

WHY: An exhibition of designs for an Ecological Business District neighbouring Docklands

WHEN: Wednesday 25th – Saturday 28th February 2009

WHERE: Shed 4, North Wharf Road, Victoria Harbour, Docklands. Map: 2E 7D