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Planning for Low Carbon Development

Posted in Events by Jessica Bird on January 30th, 2013

6 February , 2013
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

Photo by Al Jazeera English via Flickr CC.

The twin challenge of poverty eradication and emissions reductions.

In developing countries, where most of the world’s population lives, the daunting challenge for governments and policy makers is to reduce both poverty and greenhouse gas emissions. Professor Harald Winkler from the University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre will offer his perspective on how this challenge might be tackled in South Africa, a country that, like Australia, has a heavy dependence on coal-based electricity generation. Prof Winkler argues that taking more ambitious action to reduce emissions can result in socio-economic advantages, or ‘co-benefits’, which should be considered primary rather than secondary benefits.

Professor Winkler will be joined by panellists, Tony Wood and Malte Meinshausen, to discuss the Australian parallels to South Africa’s experience.

Date: Wednesday 6th February, 2013, 6.30pm – 8.00pm.

Venue: Carrillo Ganter Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre,
Corner Swanston Street and Monash Road,
The University of Melbourne.

Hosted by the Grattan Institute.

Sustainable Communities: Collaborating, Planning, Delivering

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on March 22nd, 2012

29 March , 2012
6:00 pmto7:30 pm

This Melbourne Conversations event has been developed to support the C40 Workshop. The desire for sustainable communities is the touchstone of city-forming when comparing major cities across the globe.  As city design and planning experts meet in Melbourne as part of the C40 group, never have the challenges of city growth been so great, nor the achievements so promising. Hear about our local achievements and those of comparable large world cities.

Speakers include:

  • Ms Romilly Madew – Chief Executive, Green Building Council of Australia, Sydney
  • Ms Melanie Nutter – Director San Francisco Environment Department, USA
  • Prof Jan Gehl – Gehl Architects, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Prof Billie Giles-Corti – Director, McCaughey Centre, Melbourne School of Population Health, University of Melbourne
  • Ms Li Lixin – Deputy Chief of Air Pollution Control Division, Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau, China

Moderated by Peter Mares, Grattan Institute, Melbourne.

Thursday March 29, 6-7:30pm
BMW Edge, Federation Square

Free event, no bookings needed.

Planning your 2012 Garden: What to consider

Posted in Models, Research by Kate Archdeacon on January 10th, 2012

Photo by abbybatchelder via flickr CC

Cityfood Growers have a checklist on their blog to help those of us who still don’t have the perfect veggie garden(!) reassess what we want and plan for a better year.

Author Peter Kearney says “January is a great time to get your thinking into planning your food garden for the coming year. In my experience, good planning makes a huge difference to your success. It helps to open your awareness to new knowledge, as you have more an idea of what’s coming, rather than stumbling along. […] I know that is a lot of questions to work with, but they are all important when you do your plan. I work with these questions each year as I plan my own food gardens.”

The post includes a series of topic areas with several questions to answer in each area.  Go through to the Cityfood Grower’s Organic Gardening blog for the full set of questions – not even half of them are included here:

Recap on last year – Be as objective as possible with yourself.

  • What crops grew well and crops that did not grow so well?
  • Were you being pragmatic enough with your time, i.e. did you hang onto to crops that didn’t produce much and took up a lot of your time and space?

Your garden space

  • Can you now manage a bigger food garden, if so design the layout of your new garden and use the right principles for layout?
  • Can you improve the design of your existing garden, for example more efficient use of space, better sun and drainage?

Soil fertility

  • What is the state of your soil and is it appropriate for the crops you want to grow?
  • Are you making compost and if so, are your methods producing enough and of good quality?
  • Are you timing your compost making to fit your maximum planting time?

Planting plan

  • For your vegetable/herb garden, have you developed a rotation plan for your beds, leave some space for perennials such as herbs?
  • Have you chosen the predominant crops for each of your vegetable garden beds and worked out the month of planting using the ideal months?
  • Have you chosen companion plants and space filler now that you have chosen your predominant crops for your beds?

Garden management

  • Is your garden easy to manage in its current layout and design, if not think about how to make it easier to work with and at the same time generating higher quality soil?
  • Are you overusing mulch and could you use more living crops for mulching such as green manure and edible companions?

Pests and diseases

  • For your vegetable garden, are you using companion planting to reduce pests?
  • Is soil quality your primary pest and disease reduction strategy, if not then make it so?

Your well being

  • Have you developed an awareness of how you want to feel in your food garden, as your feelings have a big impact on how the garden grows?
  • Will you create space in your busy day to sit in your garden to observe and contemplate?


Food-sensitive Planning and Urban Design: Forum

Posted in Events, Research by Kate Archdeacon on September 22nd, 2011

5 October , 2011
1:45 pmto5:00 pm

The Heart Foundation invites you to a forum to learn more about the resource: Food-sensitive planning and urban design: A conceptual framework for achieving a sustainable and healthy food system.

Guest speakers:

  • Associate Professor Trevor Budge (AM), La Trobe University
  • Jenny Donovan, Inclusive Design
  • Dr. Lukar Thornton, Deakin University
  • Kirsten Larsen, Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL), Melbourne University

‘Food-sensitive planning and urban design (FSPUD) does not simply assert that we have a problem in our cities, but sets out to identify new ways of tackling issues, providing a suite of ideas and innovations that cities should now embrace.’ (Trevor Budge, foreword to FSPUD).

This forum will be of interest to planners, architects, urban designers, engineers, public health professionals, policy makers, community members and elected representatives. It will explore the critical need to consider food in urban land use and development, and how that might be achieved.

1:45 – 5:00pm, Thursday 6 October 2011

Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre, Cnr Bell Street and St. Georges Road, Preston

Admission: free

RSVP: acceptances only by 5pm Friday 30 September 2011 to

Places are limited – booking essential

Climate Change Adaptation National Congress

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on September 15th, 2011

13 October , 2011
14 October , 2011

Photo by benzpics63 via flickr CC

Climate change presents planners and decision-makers with unique challenges. How, when and at what scale climate change will impact us remains uncertain. What is clear is that adaptation needs to be part of our planning and risk management now.

3 Pillars Network in partnership with Net Balance, the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility and CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship present the 2nd Climate Change Adaptation Congress, a landmark event exploring the policy, strategies and business models needed to enable a climate resilient future for Australia. Planning for adaptation remains an outstanding challenge for the vast majority of Australian organisations. This is why we believe a practical and collaborative approach to addressing this issue is required. The Congress will create a space for knowledge sharing and ‘peer learning’ – drawing on the collective and unique expertise of organisations at all stages of adaptation planning. See About the Congress Structure for more details.

October 13 & 14, Melbourne Town Hall

Register now – early bird registration closes September 22.  Download the Event Program.

Bike Futures 2011

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on August 24th, 2011

12 October , 2011 9:00 amto14 October , 2011 5:00 pm

With the transport crisis a long-term reality for Australian cities, there has never been a better time to improve livability by embracing the benefits of bicycling. Bikes bring back the human scale of public spaces, changing streets from places to avoid into places to congregate. Delegates will hear how bicycling plays a key role in transforming cities into liveable spaces at Bike Futures 2011 from 12 – 14 October.

Now in its third year Bike Futures has become the key annual professional development for national and local leaders, planners, designers and builders to use bike transport and recreation to advance their communities. Bike riders have emerged as a critical indicator species of livability. In towns and cities around the world business and civic leaders, questing for the secret to attracting talent and innovation, are reaching for the Bike Plan.

Bike Futures 2011 will discuss how to take the next steps from providing bike infrastructure – essential for mobility – to changing the ways cities work. When Bike Plans are done well, we know we will find a healthy social and economic ecology. There is little doubt that bikes subtly but powerfully transform the street, calming it, warming it, making it magnetic to people and their conversation and commerce. Bike Futures 2011 will bring together world leading experts as well as some of Australia’s leading practitioners on how to best respond to the issues confronting communities as they embrace the bicycle revolution.

Keynote speakers:

  • Gil Penalosa is an internationally renowned liveable city advisor and is passionate about creating cities for people. He is Executive Director of the Canadian non-profit organization 8-80 Cities and also works as Senior Consultant for the renowned Danish firm Gehl Architects.
  • Gordon Price is the Director of The City Program at Simon Fraser University. Gordon has served many terms as a City Councillor in Vancouver, BC. As the Vancouver Sun declared when Price stepped down from the City Council, “‘Councillor Bikeways’ has done more than any other elected official to shape the city and the way we use it”.

The three-day conference is presented by the Bicycle Network and hosted by Bicycle Victoria.

Wed 12 – Fri 14 October 2011
Etihad Stadium, Melbourne

The Housing We’d Choose: Grattan Report

Posted in Movements, Research by Kate Archdeacon on July 6th, 2011

The Housing We’d Choose explores the relationship between the housing we want, and the housing we have. The report presents original research on the housing preferences of Australians. A representative sample of over 700 residents in Sydney and Melbourne was asked to make real-world housing choices, limited by their budgets. The housing they chose was a much more varied mix than either city currently provides. In particular, the research suggests significant shortfalls of semi-detached housing and apartments in the middle and outer areas of both cities.

The second part of the report examines recent construction trends and argues that there are barriers to delivering more of the housing people say they want. These disincentives include the cost of materials and labour for buildings over four storeys, land assembly and preparation, and the risk and uncertainty of our planning systems, especially in Victoria.

A subsequent Grattan report will recommend changes to the design of the housing market in order to provide people with more of the homes they say they want. Download a Copy of the Main Report

Urban Renewal, Urban Growth and Creative Opportunities: Melbourne Conversations

Posted in Events, Opinion, Policies by Kate Archdeacon on March 23rd, 2011

23 March , 2011
6:00 pmto7:30 pm

Photo of Fishermans Bend by novakreo via flickr CC

Parts of North and West Melbourne, Kensington, Fishermans Bend and Docklands have been identified for renewal, but will this relieve the strain on the metropolitan fringe? What forms could it take, and who might it provide for? Informed commentators will discuss the types of development, ‘up versus out’ and multi-centred cities, residential densities, appropriate business spaces, affordable spaces for artists and heritage in the city’s old industrial zones.


  • Jeff Gilmore – Executive Director Strategic Policy, Research and Forecasting, Department of Planning and Community Development, Melbourne
  • David Moloney – Industrial Historian, National Trust of Victoria
  • Dr Kate Shaw – ARC Research Fellow, Architecture Building and Planning, University of Melbourne
  • David Waldren – General Manager, Grocon Carlton Brewery Development

Moderator: Peter Mares – Journalist and Presenter ABC Radio National.
Discussant: Dr Ruth Fincher – Professor of Geography, University of Melbourne

6.00pm to 7.30pm. Entry from 5.30pm, Wednesday 23 March 2011
BMW Edge, Federation Square, Corner Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne

More details:

Harvesting Ideas for a Sustainable Future: World Cafe with SGA

Posted in Events, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on February 21st, 2011

26 February , 2011
9:00 amto1:00 pm

Source: Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA)

Graphic by Avril Orloff, reprinted by permission from The World Café Community Foundation at

Join Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA) for an exceptional ‘world café’ style event so your voice can be heard. Help us to build on our momentum as a collective in creating a greener future through sustainable gardening. SGA is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation consisting of a small number of staff and many volunteers. Although we have relatively few resources, we are committed to producing strong environmental outcomes and have made significant achievements over the last 7 years.

Who should attend?

  • Home gardeners
  • Environmentalists
  • Community groups
  • Horticulturalists
  • Landscape and nursery industry professionals
  • Local government representatives
  • Anybody who wants to make a positive difference to the communities and world we live in

The world café concept creates conversations about questions that matter by bringing together people with diverse backgrounds and values. Each person’s opinions and ideas are respected and heard. For more about the world café process, we recommend this website –

Saturday 26th February, Melbourne University, Burnley Campus, 9.00am – 1.00pm
Visit the SGA website for more details or to register your attendance.

Fast Track Transport for Sustainable Cities: Forum

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on January 27th, 2011

16 February , 2011
4:45 pmto7:00 pm

Source: pt4me2

Website: pt4me2 blog
Website: Metropolitan Transport Forum