Posts Tagged ‘Visions’

Florence 2035: A VEIL exhibition

Posted in Events, Visions by Kate Archdeacon on May 21st, 2013

18 May , 2013 10:00 amto9 August , 2013 5:00 pm

Vision Florence 2032 Exhibition Flyer 2013-1
Images by Andrew Wong, Nikaya Lewis, Tom Shield

Vision: Florence 2035 – Eco-Acupuncture: Developing Sites of Urban Intervention is a free exhibition of selected Architecture and Urban Planning projects developed as part of the Victorian Eco Innovation Lab’s Eco-Acupuncture travelling studio in Florence 2012. The projects envision a sustainable and resilient future for Florence.

18 May – 09 August

Museo Italiano, 199 Faraday Street, Carlton

Open Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 12noon-5pm

>> Download the exhibition flyer

Position Available: Visions and Pathways for Low Carbon Built Environment and Urban Living

Posted in Research, Seeking, Visions by Kate Archdeacon on May 15th, 2013

Post Doctoral Researcher: Visions and Pathways for Low Carbon Built Environment and Urban Living.

A flagship project of the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab and the CRC for Low Carbon Living.

(Melbourne University Position Number 0031360 – see:

Join a ground-breaking flagship project to explore and articulate visions, scenarios and pathways for a low-carbon resilient urban environment linked to a dynamic program of engagement with industry and government.

This project is lead from the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne in collaboration with researchers from the University of New South Wales and Swinburne University. It is supported by a grant from the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living, a major research initiative bringing together key property, planning, engineering and policy organisations with leading Australian researchers to develop new social, technological and policy tools for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment.

The challenge of the decarbonisation of the built environment involves no less than a transition from one set of technologies, infrastructures, practices, perceptions, values, policies and regulations to a (potentially very) different set. This research project will investigate the diversity and complex systems dynamics of technological and societal changes required to pursue a low-carbon resilient society.

The project will use scenario thinking within a twenty-five to thirty year horizon. Over its life, we will road-map potential transitions and disruptive change, articulate and refine scenarios for Australia’s future, guide designers in the production of visualisations of the future built environment, provide strategic input to the scoping of the CRC research program and publish for academic, professional and general media.

The successful candidate will focus on the investigation and elaboration of approaches to the design of ‘eco-cities’ and the technological, social and infrastructural innovations that could provide the basis for the transformation of both new and existing built environments. Reporting to the project leader, Professor Chris Ryan, the position will connect closely with researchers in the Victorian Eco Innovation Lab (VEIL) and will be located within the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning.

>> Application deadline extended to May 22, 2013

>> Download the Position Description or apply online

Sustainable Melbourne and Sustainable Cities Net are projects of the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL).  Occasionally we cross-promote projects or events in order to reach as many of the right people as possible.

EcoCity Food Forum: Melbourne

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

22 March , 2013
9:00 amto5:00 pm

ecocity forum

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)

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.

Transitions Film Festival: Gala Launch and program

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on February 10th, 2012

11 February , 2012 7:00 pmto19 February , 2012 10:00 pm


The Transitions Film Festival is a visionary film program dedicated to showcasing ground-breaking documentaries about our global culture in transition towards a sustainable future.

The festival takes place as part of the Sustainable Living Festival with the support of the United Nations Association of Australia (Victoria), the City of Melbourne, The Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, Red Energy, Hepburn Wind, Prosper Australia and

The program features an inspirational line-up of world-changing documentaries and culminates with a free state-wide synchronised screening of Yann Arthus-Betrand’s spectacular film ‘Home’.

Screenings include live introductions by international filmmakers and NGO’s as well as an interactive short film forum hosted by the United Nations Association of Australia.

For more information about the program and session times click HERE or visit

A City of Short Distances: VEIL at the Stringybark Sustainability Festival

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on October 15th, 2009

Stringybark Design_Jessica_Bird_RMITDesign: Jessica Bird, RMIT

Knox City Council’s Stringybark Festival is spread across five acres of the Rowville Community Centre reserve.

Attracting more than 20,000 visitors, the festival is one of the most significant community environmental festivals on the national calendar.  In 1984, Rowville sat on Melbourne’s semi-rural fringe and Stringybark was Australia’s premier conservation- based environmental festival. Today, Knox City Council is at the apex of one of this country’s largest suburban growth corridors and Stringybark now showcases a contemporary sustainability program that more accurately reflects its own current day suburban context both in practical terms and future vision.

“As the suburbs are where most people live, we believe they hold the key to our future.”

The Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL) is proud to exhibit a selection of student designs from University of Melbourne, RMIT, Swinburne University and Monash University. The designs are set in the year 2032 and explore how Rowville could become a sustainable community, able to prosper despite peak oil and the inflation of petrol prices to more than $5.00 a litre. The 2009 way-of-living with cars is no longer affordable.

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Food Futures: an Australian approach

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on July 29th, 2009

Source: Rural Climate Network

Food futures Conference

Abstracts and conference registrations are invited for the PHAA conference, Food Futures: An Australian Approach, 20-21 April 2010 in Canberra.

Concerns about the relationship between food and the food system, nutrition, and population health are part of the motivation for the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) to facilitate a national conference seeking an overarching approach to food policy that looks well into the future. Although health may be the driver for the PHAA, any such national policy or approach must also take into account issues such as agriculture, scientific research, production and manufacture, environment, retail and community concerns, to appropriately encompass all aspects of food.

Abstract submission closes October 5

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A Local Car for the Silent Highway: Alfred Deakin Eco-Innovation Lectures

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on July 17th, 2009

It won’t be long until we all drive the silent electric highway. 

Richard Canny presents a compelling demonstration of the near future of the family car.  Canny is CEO of TH!NK, the Norwegian company that produced its first prototype TH!NKCity electric car in 1991.   TH!NK is a car company that aims to change the way people think about cars, by designing emission free and highly efficient modern-city vehicles to meet consumer needs, producing environmentally friendly vehicles in a small-scale ‘low carbon’ production centre.

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Electric Horizon: Alfred Deakin Eco-Innovation Lectures

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on July 16th, 2009


Shai Agassi, founder of Better Place, shares his inspired vision of freeing cars from oil, reducing harmful exhaust, and ushering in a new era of sustainable transportation. He will discuss the economic factors, industry dynamics, geopolitical pressures, and mounting environmental concerns that are combining to drive this profound change, as well as the challenges we face in realising this vision.  

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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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