'Ecoversity' is a word Imagine
The Future Inc invented to mean a place where we
explore and exchange
ideas from which we'll build sustainable societies.
The physical ecoversity space in the head office of the
Australian Conservation Foundation, Melbourne, as it was
in 1993. This fitout represents one of the earliest attempts
by an environment group to use the most ecologically benign
materials available. For more photos see Building
the world's first ecoversity.
The physical structure was designed
and constructed in
1992, within the Australian Conservation
Foundation's head office building in inner-city
Fitzroy, Melbourne, with seed-funding from our first
When ACF moved from its Fitzroy
building to a new more
ecologically sustainable office in the 60L
green building, Carlton, some of ITF's ecoversity
fittings were acquired by Museum
Victoria, some were put on exhibition in the School
of Social Science and Planning at RMIT University,
and a recycled timber table was included in ACF's
new office as a reference to its relationship with
Imagine The Future Inc.
Many seasons of sustainability
forums were conducted in the Fitzroy space until 1996
when the ecoversity reached out to the broader community
with What's good
urban design? in St Kilda and Re-imagining your neighbourhood
in western Melbourne. In the late nineties ITF went virtual
with its bioregional futures project, Redreaming
the plains; and in 2001 went global with a workshop
on rehabilitating the Danube River
in Budapest, Hungary.
projects and our international
work now take the ecoversity concept into a new century.
MUSEUM VICTORIA ACQUIRES FITTINGS
of Victoria acquired the Ecoversity fittings,
all the forum tapes and associated documentation
for its Technology
and Sustainability Collection in October 2002
after the Australian Conservation Foundation moved
from Gore Street, Fitzroy, to a new 'green office'
in Carlton. A table from the ecoversity was installed
in ACF's new building, and other fittings were put
on permanent exhibition at RMIT University in Building
8, level 7, of the Swanston Street campus. Archives
from ITF's first ten years have been lodged at the
State Library of Victoria.
Page revised 6 Febraury