Carfree suburb plan for Melbourne?
Car-Free Suburb Planned for Melbourne, Australia
by Warren McLaren, Sydney on 02.26.09
Design & Architecture
Eco City Melbourne image
Image: Future Melbourne (Zone 9 is where the eco suburb might be.)
Given its recent devastation by bushfires (which continue as we write)
the Australian state of Victoria could do with a good news story. And
this might be it. A design has been unveiled for a suburb only two
kiliometres from the central business district of Melbourne that will
be free of cars. The think tank behind the vision, the Victorian
Eco-Innovation Lab, reckon this will be equal to removing up to 5,000
cars from the proposed suburbs roads.
They plan for the new development to be based around walking, cycling
and electric vehicles, which a car share type facility available on
the precinct's fringes.They haven't limited their ambition there though.
Known by the rather unimaginative name of Eco-City Melbourne, the
otherwise inspiring proposal also includes for mini urban-farms and a
"multi-storey farm". Housing will be medium-density with buildings of
up to eight storeys, using a centralised heating and cooling system.
The new suburb is expected to "treat all its own sewage and use some
of the resultant methane for power production. There would also be
urban wind towers and solar panels to produce electricity."
Not bad for a location that is only a 25 minute walk to the heart of
But it's all pie in the sky just yet. Although the site is the last
major development area left close to the city centre, the state
government's rail service currently owns the land and its lease
doesn't expire until 2014. But this hasn't stopped the 200 students,
who developed the Eco-City idea, from dreaming.
::Eco-City Melbourne, via The Age and Eco Media