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Getting Creative in the Suburbs

Posted in Events by Creative Suburbs on May 6th, 2013

9 May , 2013
7:00 pmto9:00 pm


How can suburbs get creative and engaging? Talking about the role engagement plays in spatial justice, Alvaro Maz will be exploring ways cities can use -cool- marketing examples to design and interact with our parks, buildings and streets.

We will examine the way we engage with the urban form of our cities and  imagine the potential of having an inclusive, sustainable and creative places to live.

Alvaro is a former international development devotee interested in spreading ideas, examining and connecting places and people and feeding his new chocolate addiction; an urban thinker exploring new media with a beer and cheese appetite and passion for informal, vibrant communities. He lives, eats and blogs from Melbourne.  Alvaro is also the founder of Creative Suburbs, a community consultation platform to share and support ideas to enhance Melbourne’s suburbs.

Date: Thursday 9 May, 2013 
Time: 7.00pm
Venue: Elisabeth Murdoch Building, Victorian College of the Arts (Southbank campus), 234 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Refreshments provided/gold coin donations welcome!

Deliberative Democracy and Sustainable Transport: Lecture

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on March 12th, 2013

18 April , 2013
12:00 pmto1:00 pm

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Photo: Royal Enfield via flickr CC


Peter Newman has been driving policy changes towards sustainable transport in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne over the past 30 years. Much of his success is due to working from the bottom up as well as the top down. This lecture will outline new projects in India where deliberative democracy has been planned into the structure of a street design exercise in Pune, and a train and station upgrade in Bangalore. Working with Janette Hartz-Karp from CUSP, Peter will report on the results of this work.

This event is co-hosted by the Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning, the Melbourne Social Equity Institute, and the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute

Thursday 18 April 2013, 12pm – 1pm

Venue: Executive Lounge, Level 1, Alan Gilbert Building, 161 Barry St, Carlton, Melbourne.

Free event, but please register:

About the speaker:

Peter Newman is Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University and Director of Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP) in Fremantle. He is on the Board of Infrastructure Australia and is a Lead Author for Transport on the IPCC. His books include Green Urbanism in Asia (2013), Resilient Cities: Responding to Peak Oil and Climate Change (2009), Green Urbanism Down Under (2009) and Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence with Je Kenworthy, which was launched at the White House in 1999.

EcoCity Food Forum: Melbourne

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on March 7th, 2013

22 March , 2013
9:00 amto5:00 pm

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EcoCity Food Forum Melbourne

Doing Something Good

Friday, March 22, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EST)

Healthy food systems are the foundation for healthy lives, communities, economies and ecosystems. In order to build a future for Melbourne in which we can all thrive, we need a food system that is sustainable, resilient and equitable.

Doing Something Good in partnership with City of Melbourne, are hosting a one day forum for those working toward a better food system. We’re bringing together people and organisations from across the food industry, with health and environmental advocates, government representatives and community members to:

  • discover socially innovative and sustainable initiatives transforming food systems in Melbourne, across Australia and around the world
  • envision what a sustainable, resilient and equitable food system for Melbourne might look like
  • discuss what we can all do to create opportunities, enable success and accelerate change
  • learn how we can better cooperate, collaborate and coordinate our efforts
  • make plans for individual and collective action

The EcoCity Food Forum is perfectly timed to take place immediately after the National Sustainable Food Summit in Melbourne, and will give participants the chance to continue building valuable connections, knowledge, capability and opportunities.  Based on the design of successful ‘Unconferences’, Gathering ‘11 and CoMConnect (also with the City of Melbourne), The EcoCity Food Forum will be a full day of participant led conversations, presentations, workshops and planning sessions with passionate change makers and thought leaders from all over the city, around the state and across the country.

Find out more and register at

Friday, March 22, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EST)

Carlton Eco-Neighbourhood Launched

Posted in Models, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on September 27th, 2011

Photo: Jackson Architecture

Article by Kate Archdeacon:

Stage One of the redevelopment of part of the Carlton Housing Estate into the Carlton Eco-Neighbourhood was officially launched last Friday.  The result of collaboration between residents, local action groups, architects, developers, the City of Melbourne, the Department of Human Services and Environment Victoria, the buildings incorporate environmentally efficient design. Natural lighting and ventilation, solar access and solar hot water, as well as water-saving systems that recycle water and capture rainwater all combine to reduce the carbon footprint of residents.

A potential demonstration project for many of the Eco-City principles mentioned by Cr Cathy Oke at the launch, the Eco-Neighbourhood is seen as an opportunity to combine technology with community-building to get to grips with a real-world test case for sustainable living in a Melbourne neighbourhood.  The 174 apartments are a combination of public and private housing, and Environment Victoria is recruiting residents to train as Eco Champions, spreading information and practical examples of sustainable behaviour in a variety of languages and cultures.  Charlie Davie from Environment Victoria explained that in the average Victorian household, the biggest energy uses tend to be heating, cooling and hotwater, but the careful design of these apartments means that the true gains in efficiency will be in the way residents choose and use their appliances.  Eco Champions will be given test packs including Future Switches and microfibre cleaning cloths to try out for themselves as part of the training.

Residents have only started moving into the apartments in the last two months, so the community side of the project is still in early stages.  It will be fascinating to see how the Eco Champion program progresses over time, since it’s clear that building design is only part of the equation for reducing occupants’ carbon footprints.  The complex issues of choice, habit and long-term commitment to behaviour change are the reality that decides whether projects like these become reference points in the shift towards sustainable living that is so urgent.

Hub Melbourne: Melbourne Sustainability Drinks

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on March 1st, 2011

2 March , 2011
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

Brad Krauskopf is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Hub Melbourne.  Brad is an entrepreneur who has worked, lived and studied in Australia, Spain, USA and South America. His passion is innovating new business models that can scale social and environmental impact. He also serves as a micro-trustee of Awesome Foundation Melbourne and is on the advisory team for RMIT’s Social Entrepreneurship program (SEEDs).

The Hub is an incubator for social innovation that offers membership of inspirational habitats in major world cities for social innovators to work, meet, learn, connect and realise progressive ideas. The Hub is a global community of people from every profession, background and culture working at ‘new frontiers’ to tackle the world’s most pressing social, cultural and environmental challenges.

Brad will present on changing the face of work through collaboration, diversity and innovation.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday the 2nd March from 6 – 8pm. Visit the website for venue and RSVP details:

Food Security: Feeding a hungrier world in an ever changing climate

Posted in Events by land-environment on September 7th, 2010

An MSLE Graduate School Week Event:

The extra 3 billion people we expect on this earth in the next 40 years will predominately live a wealthier lifestyle in our cities. Dr Michael Robinson, Director of the Primary Industries Climate Change Centre will discuss how ensuring food security in a changing climate will be one of the challenges of our lifetime.

For more information visit the website.

Wednesday 8 September

Cuming Theatre, Chemistry Building (Building 153), University of Melbourne, Parkville

Other events include:

  • Vulnerability, adaptation and resilience: ways of understanding social dimensions of environmental change
  • Sustainability and Interdisciplinarity
  • Climate change and the impact on plants and forests

Sustainable Agriculture Flagship: CSIRO

Posted in Research by Kate Archdeacon on April 22nd, 2010

Source: Cleanfood, the Future Climate newsletter

CSIRO’s National Research Flagships tackle Australia’s major research challenges and opportunities through large-scale multidisciplinary partnerships.    The Sustainable Agriculture Flagship’s goal is to secure Australian agriculture and forest industries by increasing productivity by 50% and reducing carbon emissions intensity by at least 50% between now and 2030.

CSIRO’s research brings together many different scientific disciplines to address the economic, environmental and social sustainability of agriculture and forestry.  Australian agriculture and forestry are entering an era where it must cope with rapidly changing global markets for commodities, changes to water allocations, rising input costs, skills deficiencies, environmental pressures and meet consumer expectations for sustainable land management and healthy, ethical food production.  These land use goals cannot be simply traded off against each other.

The national challenge for the Flagship is to develop rural land use systems that deliver the highest value benefits to the Australian economy and society and address the major global issues of food security and greenhouse gas abatement.

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Lianyungang, Post Waterfront City – Pop. 30,000,000: Exhibition

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on March 9th, 2010

Image: WAW 2009 Exhibition Panels via issuu

The planning & design of next generation living  – WAW2009: World Architecture Workshop

Since 2002 the World Architecture Workshop has undertaken interrogation through design in cities around the world. In 2009 the workshop turned its attention to the urbanism of population bursts in the context of water based city expansion in Lianyungang, China. Seven groups each obtaining students from Australia, China, France, and Japan produced projects which address global warming, complexity in the instant city, diversification of traffic systems and the merging of salt and fresh water systems and urban design strategies for the city. Given China’s current rate of urbanisation the projects go on to propose engagement with primary industries as employment generators for recently re-located populations from rural areas. Massive population increase raises questions of identity for a city. The projects thus treat the histories of the city as building blocks for designing new identities for Lianyungang to guide it through the shifts, growth and iterations of change that its extraordinary ambition will bring.

Participating Universities:

-Miyagi University Japan
-Nanjing Forestry University, China
-RMIT University, Australia
-Sanjiang University, China
-Tohoku Institute of Technology, Japan
-Tohoku University, Japan
-l’Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture de Montpellier, France

Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Foyer Gallery, Level 11, RMIT Building 8, 360 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Refreshments provided.

T10 – the Transition Decade: Launch

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on February 10th, 2010

Source: Ethical Consumer Group

Why come to the launch?

At both the state and national levels, local leadership has failed to deliver even very small cuts in carbon emissions. Not surprisingly at the international level, the recent Copenhagen negotiations have produced no meaningful outcome either. We have to face it, conventional political change methods have not worked.  We have run out of time for half-measures. It is now imperative that a safe climate is restored as fast as humanly possible. This will require zero emissions, and more, at emergency speed. It seems that what is essential to accomplish is impossible to achieve. Clearly a breakthrough is needed.

Limited seats – register now

The Transition Decade campaign aims to guide effective action to achieve safe climate goals. The launch will present a strategy to harness the power of collaboration. An alliance of committed groups has been formed to drive a collaborative framework through a decade of structural and social change. The launch will create the opportunity to take the size and effectiveness of this alliance to a whole new level.

Sunday 14 February at 12pm in the Melbourne Town Hall.

>presenting the case for a safe climate

>promoting a shared time frame for action

>demonstrating the power of collaboration

>presenting a new strategy for restoring a safe climate

PROFESSOR DAVID DE KRETSER, A.C, The Governor of Victoria

ROB GELL (Master of Ceremonies) National President of Greening Australia Ltd

PROFESSOR WILL STEFFEN Executive Director of the ANU Climate Institute

PROFESSOR ROB ADAMS AM Director Design & Urban Environment, City of Melbourne

SENATOR CHRISTINE MILNE Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens

UNCLE BOB RANDALL Yankunytjatjara Elder and Traditional Owner of Uluru

MARK OGGE Beyond Zero Emissions

CAM WALKER National Liaison Officer for Friends of the Earth Australia

PHILIP SUTTON Convener of The Climate Emergency Network

GISELLE WILKINSON President of the Sustainable Living Foundation

KELLY O’SHANASSY Chief Executive Environment Victoria

JOE HERBERTSON Safe Climate Australia

This event is proudly supported by Melbourne Conversations, City of Melbourne.

Melbourne Sustainability Drinks

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on August 27th, 2008

Please find a note below from Dean Steele-Bennett and Carly Philips about the next Melbourne Sustainability Drinks.

At the next Melbourne Sustainability Drinks Eric Bottomley, of CERES (Community Environment Park) will be discussing his vision for how we as a society can impart sustainability into our schools, communities and the education sector, Wednesday 3rd September.

Erics personal interest in sustainability has lead to a passion for educating our youth. Eric has designed much of the CERES Educational programs and is currently implementing the Victorian Sustainable Schools Program.

This is not a sponsored event; i.e. you buy your own drinks. We choose to come together in the spirit of a shared interest. So come and join us at the next “Melbourne Sustainability Drinks” held on Wednesday September 3rd from 6 – 8pm.
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