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Food-Security and Water-Security in the Urban Context

Posted in Research, Visions by Kate Archdeacon on June 20th, 2013

 

Image: CRC for Water-Sensitive Cities

Image: CRC for Water-Sensitive Cities

From The urban water-energy-food nexus by Prof. Tony Wong:

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Australia’s water consumption is dominated by agricultural uses, followed by consumptions in cities (domestic and industrial) and for electricity generation principally to meet demands in our cities. Our communities have an important role in managing demands. Our consumption of food, energy and water remains inefficient. We waste more than 30% of food produced, we are only beginning to recycle our wastewater for non-drinking purposes, and we do not capture and use the ‘waste heat’ from our electricity production. Transforming our cities to a more sustainable and efficient consumption of resources require socio-technical approaches, starting with a concerted effort to foster community awareness and behavioural change for efficient consumption of water, energy and food. Exploiting the water-energy nexus in urban development, such as district-level tri-generation and the further utilisation of available heat for water disinfection and production of district-level reticulation of hot water, are simple cathartic initiatives to lead this transformation.

The creation of productive landscapes is emerging as a core element of urban green infrastructure strategies. Our cities are water supply catchments with the combined stormwater and wastewater resources exceeding the water consumption in most Australian cities. These resources may be exploited to support a greener city for a multitude of liveability objectives, including the support of productive landscapes ranging from community gardens, to orchards and urban forests.

>> Read the full article by Prof. Tony Wong on the CRC for Water-Sensitive Cities website.


Human Effect: Public Installation

Posted in Events, Visions by Kate Archdeacon on October 9th, 2012

11 October , 2012 7:00 pmto27 October , 2012 12:00 am

Presented by Experimenta in association with Melbourne Festival

Yandell Walton (Australia)

HUMAN EFFECT

IN A QUIET SIDE STREET, IN THE HEART OF THE CBD, A LITTLE PIECE OF THE CONCRETE JUNGLE HAS BEEN RECLAIMED BY THE WILD. BUT THIS DELICATE NEW GROWTH, VULNERABLE AND EPHEMERAL, CANNOT SURVIVE OUR DESTRUCTIVE TOUCH.

Accomplished projection installation artist Yandell Walton has collaborated with animator Tobias J Edwards and software developer Jayson Haebich to bring Festival-goers a spectacular new interactive artwork.

Mapping the contours of an urban laneway, Walton repurposes it as a canvas for a series of vibrantly animated projections, creating a paradise of verdant growth. Flowering vines twine up pipes, moss and ferns spread across the walls, while vividly coloured butterflies alight on window ledges.

An echo of ages before human inhabitation, the scene entices viewers to move closer: an approach that sees the new life wither and slowly die, destroyed by the human presence, only to be renewed once more in a riot of foliage and motion as viewers move away.

Make the discovery of this remarkable loop of growth and decay, a visual arts gem hidden amid Melbourne’s secluded backstreets and laneways.

>>Find out more here.


Melbourne’s Urban Forest: Eco-City Forum

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on November 29th, 2011

30 November , 2011
6:30 pmto8:30 pm


Extract from the CoM Urban Forest Infographic

The City of Melbourne has released the first draft Urban Forest Strategy for community consultation. It responds to the large changes that are currently affecting our city’s tree population in the wake of climate change and urban growth. Within 20 years, Melbourne expects to lose 44 per cent of its trees. The draft Urban Forest Strategy seeks to manage this change and protect against future vulnerability and risk.

Have your say on how best to manage these changes in our municipality into the future by attending an Eco-City forum on the strategy.

Wednesday November 30, 6:30 to 8:30pm
Melbourne Town Hall

This is a free event.

www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/Environment/UrbanForest/

Download the Urban Forest Infographic or the Draft Strategy