Thursday, February 26, 2009


Tree Hugger - A design has been unveiled for a suburb only two kilometers from the central business district of Melbourne that will be free of cars. 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.

Known by the rather unimaginative name of Eco-City Melbourne, the otherwise inspiring proposal also includes for mini urban-farms and a "multi-story farm". Housing will be medium-density with buildings of up to eight stories, using a centralized 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.”

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.