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Eco-Acupuncture 2010: VEIL Exhibition

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on September 23rd, 2010

27 September , 2010 9:00 amto8 October , 2010 5:00 pm

What might a sustainable and resilient neighbourhood look like ? How can we transform existing urban communities through design interventions?

To develop low-carbon resilient communities from within the existing fabric of (sub)urban life it is important to have two things: visions of desirable future living scenarios – and visible interventions, today, that can re-orient the path of future development. Since 2007, the Victorian Eco Innovation Lab [VEIL] has been exploring the transformative power of future visions for new developments in Melbourne. This work has been complemented by another program with design professionals, academics and students, working with an existing community, to design a suite of local interventions that can release community energy for building a sustainable neighbourhood. VEIL calls this new program: Eco-Acupuncture.

This exhibition introduces two projects, one looking at a future development north of Docklands; the other sited at Broadmeadows, a suburb currently wrestling with many of the problems facing Australian suburbs. New developments can create sustainable communities from scratch; Broadmeadows requires the ‘retrofitting’ of an existing community. VEIL work has focused on food, water, transport, energy, information and eco-businesses and services and the development of new Local Activities Districts. ‘Broady’ is a place of rich cultural diversity and history, opening up many possibilities for innovative design thinking.

The exhibition features work in collaboration with the Hume City council, from design professionals and design studios held at Melbourne University, RMIT University, Monash University and Swinburne University in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, industrial design, communication and service design, 2008-10.

Exhibition dates: Monday 27 September to Friday 08 October. Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm.
Location: The foyer, Urban Workshop. 50 Lonsdale Street. Melbourne. 3000

VOTING ON THE FUTURE – Audiences responses from the ECO-CITY Melbourne Exhibition

Posted in Visions by Ferne Edwards on March 24th, 2009

At the recent Sustainable Cities Round Table on Sustainable Sharing, 26 February, which was held in collaboration with the ECO-CITY Melbourne Exhibition by VEIL, the audience was asked to identify from the posters “What is the most exciting, positive and desirable aspects / ideas of what life could be like?“. Their responses – a sporadic list of vibrant topics and themes – can be read below. To learn more about the VEIL ECO-CITY Melbourne exhibition read this article in The Age and check out the VEIL website here.

1.    Water solution – storm water recycling, wetlands
2.    Water solution – visible water tank
3.    Eco-business – “more than once”
4.    Office-farm
5.    Vertical farm
6.    Community initiatives e.g. nature strips/rooftop gardens –reducing food miles, encouraging interaction + public health initiative all in one
7.    More than once eco-friendly supermarket
8.    Visible water tanks and pipes
9.    EBD mobility
10.    Fridge
11.    Bikes
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Eco suburb plan unveiled for city

Posted in Visions by Ferne Edwards on February 25th, 2009

The article below announces the ECO-CITY Melbourne Exhibition – an outcome of the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab. To read the full article click here.

Eco suburb plan unveiled for city
Jason Dowling and Natalie Craig, The Age, February 25, 2009

A VISION for a suburb of the future with no cars, an 80 per cent reduction in carbon emissions and the ability to grow its own food has been unveiled by a State Government-funded thinktank. And it could happen on a site just two kilometres from the centre of Melbourne.

A 20-hectare site for the new green suburb has even been identified on land owned by VicTrack, the government body that owns the state’s rail assets. The lease on the site known as E-Gate, just off Footscray Road, expires in 2014 and Major Projects Victoria has been working with VicTrack on possibilities for the land.

Now, the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab, a university-based thinktank funded by the Government, has come up with ideas for a new environmentally friendly suburb at the site.

An exhibition of the proposals from 200 university students, known as Eco-City Melbourne, will go on show from tomorrow.

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