Artists Impression - SOURCE: We will rebuild Victoria
The draft Urban Design Framework(UDF) for Marysville was released this week for public display and feedback. Maysville was the sub-alpine town that was wiped out during the bushfires that ravage areas of South-East Australia in Febraury this year. The UDF is seen by the consultants as
There is an opportunity to rebuild the town to create a distinct character that complements the beauty of the surrounding environment and secures Marysville’s economic future. Encompassing the values and aspirations of the community, the Marysville and Triangle Urban Design Framework is an important first step in achieving this.
It will guide the rebuilding of Marysville and assist with decision-making about the projects that will help to attract businesses and services back into the town and provide jobs for local people. It will guide how the town can be rebuilt in a way that optimises the natural and economic advantages of the Marysville and Triangle region.
A copy of the Draft UDF is available here
SOURCE: We will rebuild Victoria via Architecture & Design
Numerous news sources have reported that Australia has now surpassed the USA as the world biggest carbon emitter per capita. Emitting approximately 20.5 tons annually per person exceeding the USA’s 19.78 tons. Just as this news was reported, today the CSIRO (Australia’s national science agency) released The CSIRO Home Energy Saving Handbook – How to Save Energy, Save Money and Reduce Your Carbon Footprint launched by Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr.
The press release announces CSIRO scientists say householders can reduce their home and car energy use by as much as 50 per cent by making changes to daily activities.
The CSIRO blurb for the book
The handbook offers information and advice on how to measure and reduce an individual’s carbon footprint in all aspects of modern living, including:
simple energy-saving tricks around the house
maximising a home’s potential for easy heating and cooling
ways to save on shopping and transport
making the most of gardens
- tips for building and renovating homes.
The book is available at bookstores for $AUD29.99
Ed note: I have to wonder why the book is not available in e-book version.
Landcare and Coastcare community groups in Australia are eligible to receive grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 for local projects under a new $5 million program. Groups will be able to apply online for projects including coastal rehabilitation, sustainable farming, tree planting, dune rehabilitation and other projects that improve and rehabilitate the landscape.
SOURCE: Australian Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries
The Planning Institute Australia (PIA) announced the Australia Award for Urban Design on 11 August.
This year saw a record number of entries, as well as a richness of creative projects from
around the nation. This year PIA awarded 2 winners and 1 commendation
1. TRANSFORMING AUSTRALIAN CITIES
Cities around the world are in the process of redefining their form to deal with issues of
climate change and sustainability, and to make them more liveable.
This significant piece of research was commissioned by the Victorian Government and
undertaken by a team led by the City of Melbourne and supported by a range of specialists.
2. PADDINGTON RESERVOIR GARDENS
Over the past two years, the City of Sydney, together with its collaborative design team of
architects, landscape architects, engineers, planners and access consultants has created a
unique, surprising, functional and totally engaging public park that has captured the
imagination of all those fortunate enough to pass or live nearby.
SUSTAINABLE SYDNEY 2030 – THE VISION
SOURCE: PLANNING INSTITUTE AUSTRALIA
Queensland Business Review reports
A new development in Brisbane’s West End is set to draw inspiration from the river city, with nearly an acre of waterscape and open subtropical gardens. Upon completion, Waters Edge will comprise two, eight-story residential buildings, surrounded by 4,000sqm of water-scaped grounds.
Landscape architecture firm EDAW AECOM says the position of the site provides the opportunity to translate the qualities of the river into a central feature of the design.
SOURCE: Queensland Business Review – Waters Edge re-defines city architecture