Broadmeadows 2032: Workshop

Collaborating with Hume Council to explore opportunities in Broadmeadows.

On 12th October 2009, we held a Visioning Workshop with VEIL Hub designers, planners and experts from Hume City Council and Italian designer Ezio Manzini.  In this collaborative creative environment we explored in detail the life, the built environment, and the products, services and infrastructure of Broadmeadows in 2032:

How have businesses and the community of Broadmeadows (and the greater Hume area) adapted to climate change to become a community which is not simply surviving but thriving in the new low-carbon future? How did Broadmeadows become the first Melbourne CAD to reach its carbon targets, 10 years ahead of schedule? What did happen to that urban growth boundary?

The workshop specifically investigated Sustainable Food Systems in Hume; the creation of a Water Sensitive Community; New Models of Sustainable Industries;  and Creative Strategies for Neighbourhoods with new forms of work, mobility, education and play.

This project follows on from the VEIL work on the central CBD EcoCity project, shaping the development of a sustainable community in the heart of Melbourne. The Hume / Broadmeadows workshop is part of the first stage of a program of research and design that will continue to mid way through 2010, following a process used for the EcoCity project. Over the next few months researchers, including sustainability specialists, design academics, design professionals and design students from the VEIL-partner Melbourne universities, will explore innovation opportunities for the evolution of Broadmeadows towards a fully sustainable community in 2032.

That process will include the work of the students and their visions of a vibrant and sustainable community for Broadmeadows, including new developments, retrofitting existing areas, new concepts for business, transport,and resource provision (food, water, energy etc). Once the students have completed their work we will select the most stimulating ideas for public exhibition aiming to change public perception of what the future might be like for Hume.

Workshop participants

UniversityMichael Trudgeon (Monash); Mark Strachan, Kate Bisset-Johnson, Nick Riddet (Swinburne); Ian Wong, Simon Curlis, Tania Ivanka, Malte Wagenfeld, Simon Whibley, David Flynn, Yoko Akama (RMIT); Sidh Singtusingha, Ammon Beyerle, Matthew McKay, Erwin Taal, Serenity Hill (University of Melbourne)
Hume CouncilJason Summers, Ronan Mellen, Lisa Wilkins, Dianna Yacoub, Elvis Jeannot, Maria-Luisa Nardella, Matthew Wilson, Paul Grimes
GovernmentJulie Francis, Nina Massarik (DOT); Spencer Edwards (DPC);  Art Truter, Cheri Leighton, Linda Lew, Anna Wallace, Christabel McCarthy, Christine Kilmartin, Gerry Mcloughlin (DPCD); Andrew Coutts (DSE); Diana Gibson, Kel Dummett (SV)
BusinessFrancis Pamminger (Yarra Valley Water); Anthony Kitchener (Cash Engineering)

Ezio Manzini is an Italian designer, engineer, architect, educator and author. His main research interest is in strategic design and design for sustainability, with a focus on scenario building and solution development. At the Politecnico di Milano he is coordinator of the Unit of Research in Design and Innovation for Sustainability. His recent and current research activities include Creative Communities for Sustainable Lifestyles, a project developed as part of the Task Force on Sustainable Lifestyles, within the United Nations 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (usually called Marrakech Process). He is co-promoter, with Francois Jegou, from Belgium, of the Sustainable Everyday Project (SEP): a web platform dedicated to sustainable social innovation in everyday life, with an open database of promising innovation cases from over 18 countries. Ezio was in Melbourne for the Deakin 09 Eco-Innovation Lectures.

Workshop Design & Facilitation

Dianne Moy


Kate Archdeacon