by Tiani Chillemi April 29, 2010
An exhibition of designs for an Ecological Business District neighbouring Docklands. Visions from the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab.

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February 25, 2009 07:00 AM to
February 28, 2009 07:00 AM


Docklands Shed - 4

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ECO-CITY MELBOURNE building a low carbon future An exhibition of designs for an Ecological Business District neighbouring Docklands. Visions from the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab. What does Melbourne look like in 2032? The Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL), funded by the Victorian Sustainability Fund has looked at the last remaining vacant land available for development in Melbourne’s CBD known as E-Gate and applied some very radical thinking.

Last year VEIL ran a series of workshops with design staff from Melbourne, Monash, RMIT and Swinburne Universities who engaged with international and local experts to develop revolutionary visions for the E-Gate site as a zero-carbon eco-city. Around 200 students took these visions to develop design ideas for a demonstration city as a living expo of a low-carbon urban community, now known as the Ecological Business District (EBD). EBD is an eco-city of the future between the Docklands and the CBD, a new model of sustainable prosperity. For the first time, you can take a peep at the sustainable future at ECO-CITY MELBOURNE, an exhibition featuring designs from the EBD workshops, guest speakers, tours, and a ‘Sustainable Cities Roundtable’ networking event from Wednesday 25th – Saturday 28th February at Shed 4, Docklands.

“Transforming our economy to deal with climate change means transforming production, infrastructure, built environments and life-styles. That can seem an overwhelming task, particularly when we have just decades to achieve real change. Yet it is clear that many people want to act now, to do what they can to make their lives more sustainable. The EBD development aims to support people to make that change. It will provide an opportunity to join in a pioneering experiment in living better, consuming less. It is being designed so that all people who live and work on the site will meet Victoria’s 2050 environmental targets twenty-five years ahead of time.”

Professor Chris Ryan, Director VEIL Exhibition Sponsors: Major Projects Victoria, Melbourne City Council In partnership with: Monash University, University of Melbourne, RMIT University, Swinburne University Sustainably supported by: Mountain Goat Brewery, Allira Winery Publicity contact information not for publication: Tiani Chillemi – Decode Media Phone: (03) 9015 7999 Email: A pdf attachment of the press release is available for download at the end of the program post.


Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd February

A preview of some of the designs to be featured at the ECO-CITY MELBOURNE Exhibition can be found throughout the Sustainable Living Festival at Federation Square.

WHAT: ECO-CITY MELBOURNE: Building a low carbon future

WHY: An exhibition of designs for an Ecological Business District neighbouring Docklands

WHEN: Wednesday 25th – Saturday 28th February 2009

WHERE: Shed 4, North Wharf Road, Victoria Harbour, Docklands. Map: 2E 7D


Wednesday 25th February

4.00 – 4.30pm Press conference and exhibition

4.30 – 5.00pm Exhibition media walk through

6.00 – 7.30pm Official opening of the exhibition for special guests (invite only)

To register your interest in attending please email:

Thursday 26th February

12.00 – 4.00pm Exhibition open to invited academic guests

4.00 – 6.00pm Exhibition closed

6.00 – 8.00pm ‘Sustainable Cities Roundtable’ event and networking session open to the public RSVP essential to:

Friday 27th February

12.00 – 6.00pm Industry & Government exhibition day

3.00 – 4.00pm Special guest presentation

4.00 – 5.00pm Question & Answer session with Professor Chris Ryan (VEIL)

5.00 – 6.00pm Exhibition walking tour presented by VEIL

Saturday 28th February

12.00 – 6.00pm Exhibition public day

1.00 – 2.00pm Question & Answer session with Dianne Moy (VEIL)

2.00 – 3.00pm Exhibition walking tour presented by VEIL

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