GOOD URBAN DESIGN?
The Future Inc takes the
ecoversity to the ballroom of The George Hotel, Fitzroy
Kilda, to explore and exchange the most progressive
ideas about excellence in urban design.
ecoversity workshop was facilitated by Imagine
The Future Inc, in association with the Australian
Conservation Foundation, City
of Port Phillip, and Urban
Design Forum. The event was sponsored by the Federal
Department of Housing and Regional Development as the
Victorian response to the 1994
Prime Minister's Urban Design Task Force Report.
participation was by invitation only: virtual participation
was via the on-line ‘graffiti wall’
teased out the diverse strands of good urban design by
exploring four very different human habitats:
Kilda between Fitzroy Street, Grey Street, Barkly
Street and the foreshore of Port Phillip Bay, in the City
of Port Phillip; Yarraville
shopping centre and railway station precinct in the City
of Maribyrnong; Springvale
shopping precinct in the City of Greater Dandenong; and
Heads, a small town on the Bellarine Peninsula where
the Barwon River meets Bass Strait within the City of
report on the workshop was circulated amongst co-hosts,
scholars and bureaucrats. Although it influenced state
planning policies in the late 1990s, it has never been
published, because the contents did not coincide with
the then-new federal government's priorities. Indeed,
the department which sponsored the workshop ceased to
exist. Tapes of the proceedings were acquired by Museum
Victoria in 2002, along with the ecoversity
fit-out as part of its Technology and Sustainability
THE WORKSHOP PROGRAM
9 am Welcome by guest MC Rod Quantock
Case study no.1 - BARWON
with 15 minute presentation by strategic planner
Neil Savery from the City
of Greater Geelong, followed by general discussion
around the issues raised.
Case study no.2 - YARRAVILLE
presented by Yarraville architect and community
activist Hugh Basset, followed
Case study no.3 - SPRINGVALE
presented by cultural planner Jonathan McNaughton,
followed by discussion.
Buffet lunch served in the ballroom.
Case study no.4 - ST
presented as a guided bus and walking tour with
urban designer Jim
Holdsworth of the City of Port Phillip. Issues
raised will be discussed on board the bus.
Refreshments back in the ballroom
Future challenges: models and visions:
a broad ranging discussion around the most pressing
urban design issues for the future, facilitated
by Rod Quantock.
Urban design and public policy:
an opportunity to make sure your ideas are included
in the final report to the Department of Housing
and Regional Development
Workshop summary by David Yencken
pm Drinks in the ballroom
Transport: the number 16 (Swanston Street
line) and the number 96 (Bourke/Spencer Street line)
trams stop in Fitzroy Street near The George Hotel.
For more information contact Imagine The Future
340 Gore Street Fitzroy, 3065.
page proudly sponsored by City of Port Phillip.