What is Eco-Acupunture?
Eco-Acupuncture is a unique ‘design-research-engagement-action’ program to assist communities, towns and cities as they prepare to transition from centuries of development based on a fossil fuel economy. The program is a response to a growing demand for strategic vision and innovative design at local government, suburb or ‘precinct’ level in Victoria as they confront.
A series of multidisciplinary design studios run in 2007 and 2008.
Following on from our engagement with Hume City Council and a series of ‘Vision: Broadmeadows 2032’ projects in 2009-2010, VEIL has returned to Broadmeadows to further collaborate with the council and local community in exploring and visioning sustainable and resilient futures for Broadmeadows.
Our cities and their systems of energy, water, food, transport, shelter, and information are dependent on large flows of fossil fuel-based energy. This dependency must change, urgently, to deal with the impacts of climate change and peak oil.
The Garden City layout of Sunshine is suited to the intensification of sustainable programs including urban agriculture, shared water and energy harvesting systems, increased pedestrian and bike access through the neighbourhood and shared public spaces for increased social cohesion.
The City of Hume is a rapidly developing centre north of Melbourne, caught up in many of the problems of burgeoning suburban sprawl, population growth, climate change, stressed infrastructure and impending broad-brush state planning initiatives.
What does Melbourne look like in 2032? In 2008, VEIL’s Design Hub members looked at the last remaining vacant land available for development in Melbourne’s CBD, known as E-Gate, and applied some very radical thinking.
In a probable future of legislated Extended Product Responsibility (EPR), Carbon offsetting, and growing concern for increasing landfill levels, the necessity for a shift in design systems is becoming increasingly apparent.
Mobility: City of Short Distances
The Mobility Studios explore the interconnections and spaces between slow transport and public transport. Mobility in 2032 is networked and decentralised.
Leeuwarden 2018 – 2040
The Eco-Acupuncture program has grown internationally with work in Florence (Italy) in 2013, and Rotterdam in 2014. Leeuwarden – as the EU Cultural Capital 2018 – became part of the international Eco- Acupuncture program in late 2014.
Sunshine Station and Overpark
Reconnecting Sunshine and catalysing regeneration of the local environment.
Broadmeadows Centre of Food
The former Ericsson site has been converted into a green academy.
Urban Escape Farm
An urban farm and community hub south of Sunshine Station.
Could Broadmeadows have a high-tech, globally iconic building?