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University of Melbourne students are showcasing their vision of what it means to be Aboriginal in an urban environment as part of the Inaugural Hon. Evan Walker Design Studio Exhibition.

Michael Trudgeon, the Deputy Director of the Victorian Eco Innovation Lab (VEIL), discusses the Melbourne 2032 project, where university students and design professionals examined just how the city would look in 20 years.

You can watch all the videos produced by the students for the Melbourne 2032 project here: http://www.ecoinnovationlab.com/component/content/article/116-visioning-2032-city-of-short-distances/397-visioning-2032-films

Moe information about the project is also available at http://newsroom.melbourne.edu/news/n-460.

The big screen at Melbourne’s Federation Square will play a selection of films examining just what a sustainable city will look like in the future.

Hosting the World Cup is like a bad divorce and FIFA’s lawyers are better than yours, says Professor Richard Tomlinson, Chair in Urban Planning at the Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning.  After the fun you’re left with the costs and a sour relationship.

The Victorian Eco Innovation Lab (VEIL) has been invited by the World Mayors Summit and Siemens to take part in this year’s United Cities and Local Governments Congress.

The Director of the University's Melbourne School of Design has welcomed a plan by the State Opposition to hold a design competition for a redevelopment of Flinders Street Station.

Catherine Mosbach, creator of the famous Botanical Gardens of Bourdeaux, will deliver a free public lecture at the University of Melbourne next week on her philosophy of landscape architecture.

Residences that generate power and purify grey water and farming fish and growing vegetables in a refurbished factory are two of the options being proposed in a new Victorian Eco-Innovation Labs (VEIL) plan to make Broadmeadows and other Melbourne suburbs ‘greener’ and healthier.

A sporting pavilion that tries to start a Mexican wave by itself and a high-rise residential tower made of recycled shipping containers are two of the projects on display at the latest Faculty of Architecture Alumni Retrospective Series.

On the 175th birthday of the city of Melbourne, Professor Miles Lewis says the city needs to overcome a long history of 'planning anarchy' to continue to grow.  

"Planners have lost their vision of what planning needs to be.  When town planning was introduced here after World War 2 it was seen to be a rather socialist activity, where you distributed the goods across the community in the best possible way.  Now it's seen to be a task of facilitating development, which it shouldn't be."

"What needs to be done is a revived policy of decentralization where we encourage people to live elsewhere."


"What should happen is a complete freeze on the development of farming land that is being destroyed around Melbourne and there should be a limitation on the amount of population that comes into Melbourne.  Not by law but by adjusting the market so it pays the real cost of adding to existing infrastructure."

"In other words, when you build a new estate you pay your share of the original water supply - electricity and so on - so in fact prices are allowed to rise and people have a real incentive to go somewhere else if they don't need to be in the metropolis."

Professor Lewis, speaking on Melbourne Day, says that for what was an illegal settlement back in 1835, the city has turned into something very liveable.  "Despite all that illegal history, we somehow became very respectable and very English."

"I like the layers of meaning, history as you walk around. The whole form of Melbourne today, was totally laid down in the first 20 years and it's just got bigger and bigger and bigger in the same shape. You can read all that into it as you walk around today."
"It's more like a big Adelaide than a small Sydney, it has the respectable flat character and none of the dramatic scenery of Sydney but as a liveable city it certainly stacks up."

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