Melbourne: What's Next?

Melbourne: What Next? A discussion on creating a better future for Melbourne is now available to download. The e-book, featuring peer-reviewed chapters written by leading academics, is edited by Professor Carolyn Whitzman, Professor Brendan Gleeson, and Master of Urban Planning Student, Alexander Sheko, and is published by The University of Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and Social Equity Institute.

Bringing together the voices of political leaders, planning and design experts, and young activists the book addresses current challenges and potential solutions to pressing planning issues, such as;

  • How can we create an equitable Melbourne that is one of the world’s most liveable cities for all, not just a privileged few?
  • Is the East West Link the best value major infrastructure project to address Melbourne’s transport needs, or do we need to rethink the way we plan transport?
  • What is the role of community engagement, deliberation and partnerships in making the big decisions for Melbourne’s future?
  • How can Melbourne be a greener, smarter city that effectively deals with challenges such as climate change, population growth and a changing economy?
  • What needs to happen to ensure visionary, long-term plans can be carried out for the benefit of future generations?

Already receiving broad public interest with edited chapters co-published by The Guardian and Election Watch, Melbourne: What Next? presents a strong argument for better metropolitan planning in advance of the November 2014 State election.

Melbourne: What Next? was launched at the Dulux Gallery, Melbourne School of Design on Monday 13 October. Professor Roz Hansen, former Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee for Plan Melbourne, and Kenneth Davidson, Senior Economics Editor, The Age, spoke at the event.