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Speed Date a Sustainable Designer

Posted in Events by sashashtargot on February 15th, 2013

17 February , 2013
3:00 pmto5:00 pm


It’s back in 2013! If you missed Speed Date a Sustainable Designer last year, this is your chance to discuss home renovation/building plans and ideas with leading green architects and designers. Held by the Alternative Technology Association with support from bankmecu, it’s free and part of the Sustainable Living Festival.

Ten minutes per ‘date’. All questions asked and answered!

When: Sunday February 17, 3pm

Where: The Green House, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Bookings essential. For more information on the event, designers available on the day and bookings, go to


Sunshine in 2032: Short Films from VEIL

Posted in Visions by Kate Archdeacon on October 31st, 2012

In February 2011, the Victorian Eco Innovation Lab (VEIL) released a series of one-minute films showcasing the work of design students and practitioners looking at a sustainable future for Melbourne.  Now VEIL has released another set of short movies, this time focusing on the suburb of Sunshine, in Melbourne’s West.  The films show work from landscape architecture and architecture students at the University of Melbourne.  Check them out on the VEIL website or on Vimeo!

Sustainable Melbourne is a project of the Victorian Eco Innovation Lab.

Passive Design for Ventilation in Apartments

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on May 16th, 2012

Photo by John Gollings

From Maitiú Ward’s “Lilli Apartments” on Australian Design Review:


Despite the challenges of working mainly within the tight constraints of high-rise residential development, it is Elenberg Fraser’s stated ambition to introduce one new environmental feature into every building it designs.

As Fraser describes it, to date Lilli is the most successful exploration of the wind-model driven, passive systems approach it has been developing. While aesthetically striking, the distinctive scalloped striations of Lilli’s balconies have actually been carefully designed to draw air into the apartment interiors.

Working with engineering company VIPAC from data on site-specific solar and wind patterns, the facade elements have been modelled to not only provide sunshading, but also emphasise pressure differentials between the balconies off the living rooms and windows in the bedrooms.

In effect, rather than cross ventilation, what this creates is ‘through’ ventilation, as wind is trained across the facade and then sucked laterally through the apartment interior, in one opening and out the other.

Leaving the window to the surprisingly deep balcony open a crack, Fraser pops the casement window in the main bedroom, and sure enough, from my spot in the centre of the living room I feel a distinct breeze begin to play across my skin. It seems like such a small thing – a gentle eddy so subtle that many occupants may not even notice it; enough, perhaps, to keep them just those few degrees shy of reaching for the air conditioner remote – but it has wide implications.


Read the full article by Maitiú Ward.

Earthship Biotecture Seminar Melbourne: “Sustainable Autonomy for Everyone” S.A.F.E.

Posted in Events, Models, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on January 11th, 2012

17 February , 2012 10:00 amto20 February , 2012 3:00 pm

An Earthship is a radically sustainable home made of recycled materials.

This three day Earthship Biotecture Seminar will be led by Earthship creator Michael Reynolds and cover a wide range of Earthship topics both pragmatic and philosophical.
Guest appearance and presentation by Martin Freney, PhD Candidate School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design University of Adelaide. Martin Freney will present scientific data to substantiate Earthship performance. Attendees achieve credit toward the Australian Earthship Biotecture Academy.

February 17th, 18, 19th, – 2012 Village Roadshow Theatrette @ State Library of Victoria

Limited seating available. Advance purchase recommended.
15 Student discount tickets available – $300 each.

Friday February 17th

  • 10:00am – 12:00pm  History of Earthships discussion/presentation of how and why they evolved.
  • 2:00pm – 5:00pm  Solar/Thermal dynamics: discussion/presentation of how the Earthships heat and cool themselves and how this is integrated with the structure and climate.

Saturday February 18th

  • 10:00am – 12:00pm Custom Earthships: discussion/presentation on custom Earthships and how to design them.
  • 2:00pm – 5:00pm  Earthship Systems: discussion/presentation of specific details of the Earthship Systems independent power, water, sewage and food production.

Sunday February 19th

  • 10:00am – 12:30pm  Earthship Disaster Relief projects around the world discussion/presentation of how Earthships are evolved by? these projects.
  • 1:00pm – 3:00pm  Types of Earthships – discussion/presentation of the various types of Earthships and how to get started on your own.

Vision Sunshine 2032: VEIL Exhibition

Posted in Events, Visions by Kate Archdeacon on December 2nd, 2011

6 December , 2011 10:00 amto11 December , 2011 5:00 pm

This exhibition is being hosted by the Victorian Eco Innovation Lab (VEIL). It includes work from University of Melbourne Architecture and Landscape Architecture studios envisioning a sustainable future for Sunshine, as well as a selection of student works from previous studios as part of VEIL’s Eco-Acupuncture studio program 2009-2011.

The exhibition will be launched by Professor Thomas Kvan, Dean, Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning, University of Melbourne.

6 – 11 December
Shop 51, Sunshine Plaza Shopping Centre
324-328 Hampshire Rd

The exhibition is easy to get to via public transport. Download a map.

Open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm.

Sustainable Melbourne is a VEIL project.

Outcomes from a Churchill Fellow on Green Roofs and Sustainability

Posted in Research by Rob Eales on January 13th, 2009

Melbourne resident and Victorian Coordinator of Green Roofs Australia, Ben Nicholson was selected as a 2008 Churchill Fellow, an Australian Trust established in 1965 whose principal object is to perpetuate and honour the memory of Sir Winston Churchill by the award of Travelling Fellowships known as Churchill Fellowships. This award gave Ben an opportunity to pursue his interest in green roofs and sustainability, as he was able to spend two months  visiting green roofs and walls and meeting with the pioneers in this emerging eco-industry around the world.

A copy of Ben’s report is attached for your information. The report is a short read of 12 pages, but if you have limited time, go straight to the Executive Summary for the key points.

Ben strongly encourages anyone with an interest in contributing to Australias future to consider applying for a Churchill Fellowship. It is truly a life-changing experience!  For more information about the Churchill Fellowships click here.

View the report

Living Your Architecture – the greening of your dream home

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on November 18th, 2008

What: 1 day introductory workshop
When: 10.30am – 5.30pm, Sunday November 30th
Where: Cnr. Herbert and Blessington Streets, St Kilda Botanical Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria
Cost: $90* Couples $160* – *$10 Early Bird discount if booked before November 15th


Booking/further details
Web: Phone: 03 9005 5833 eMail: livingarchitecture