Aquaponics plots – a different type of community garden.

This design proposes a community and commercial Aquaponics facility for Broadmeadows. Aquaponics is a sustainable method of fish farming that reticulates water. The fish are raised in tanks; water from these tanks is fed into beds where vegetables and herbs are grown. The vegetables filter the water, which is further treated in outdoor wetlands that surround the building. High yields of both fish and vegetables are possible. The design is not only commercial but includes community spaces for rent, training rooms, a market and café. The large-scale aquaponic farm breeds fish in isolated tanks. The water from the tanks feeds a crop of leafy green vegetables, which remove nutrients from the water. The Aquaponics proposal is an example of an emerging eco-industry.

Eco-Acupuncture: A large-scale Aquaponics project in Broadmeadows is socially, environmentally and economically sustainable. The project would create jobs, as well as provide a more sustainable food option for local residents. The fish could also be exported to other areas in Melbourne. The building promotes sustainable technologies by showcasing leading water recycling techniques and other technologies such as wind, energy and passive thermal air conditioning. The project offers ways for community to participate through tank rental, education and markets. Through this, the community gains experience, participating in sustainable innovations. Through the instigation of the Aquaponics project residents start demanding and supporting a range of other sustainable industries. Hume’s industries take the lead and adopt industrial ecology. Industrial parks started to cooperate and collocate to share their supply chains. This included shared freight and reuse of waste streams into by-products.


Pei Wei Lai




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