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.
A vision for a mini-city within the city, a new sustainable precinct on an existing site within Melbourne – the 25 h ‘E-gate’ site – to the north of Docklands. This vision of development focuses on new sustainable systems (infrastructure, lifestyles, behaviours, enabling technologies) with an overall aim to demonstrate models for a ‘super-low’ consumption community, suited to a zero carbon future. The site is intended to be highly productive (energy, water, food, new business), adding value to the existing city and suited to people who desire to be part of a unique high-density residential and working precinct.
EBD is an Eco-City of the future between the Docklands and the CBD – a new model of sustainable prosperity.
About the EBD
EBD: Melbourne’s Ecological Business District
Live Better, Consume Less: Welcome to EBD.
EBD: Overarching Characteristics
An eco-city of the future beside the CBD.
Affordable innovative housing models support diversity, change and renewal in the EBD community.
Health, culture, resources and services: flexibility and the EBD community.
Schools and TAFE
Distributed learning, distributed classrooms: EBD Schools and TAFE
ACUR: Australian Centre for Urban Resilience
A collective knowledge hub for the EBD community’s innovation, research and experimentation.
Sustainable New Industry
EBD businesses and the ecoinnovation edge.
EcoCity (EBD): Design Hub
Developing a ‘retrospective history of the next 25 years’
Civic Report: A Highly Productive Place
Knowledge, resources and people diffuse across boundaries to create connections between the EBD and the greater City of Melbourne.
Civic Report: Diversity and Resilience
Patchworks of diversity provide resilience in extreme conditions.
Civic Report: Open Space
Open spaces and public places on the vertical plane: green access in high-density communities.
Civic Report: Slow Consumption
Super Low Consumption: increasing the value and life of resources through share systems.
Energy harvesting technology is constantly trialled and monitored across the EBD.
Food production: part of EBD’s built environment.
Slow, pedestrian-paced transport is used throughout the EBD. Faster modes connect at transit hubs around the edges of the site.
“Waste” as a valuable resource.
Water is once again visible and integral to the life of the district.
Built environment and activities of EBD.
Sowing the seeds of Sustainability
Systems & Services
Exploring EBD through its systems, specifically food production, the sharing community and integrated transport.
How might the key EBD principles come together as a holistic, inner-city development?
Low-consumption, high-density living for domestic rituals.
Third-year Visual Communication students were asked to consider how the lifestyles and businesses unique to the EBD might be communicated to a larger audience through branding, logo and identity.
Innovative public and private transport services.