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University Masterplan First to Receive 5 Green Star-Communities Rating in Australia

University Masterplan First to Receive 5 Green Star-Communities Rating in Australia | green streets | Scoop.it

The Curtin University Master Plan has become the first project to receive a 5 Star Green Star-Communities Rating by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). The plan sets forth a strategy for the renewal of the University’s main campus in Bentley, Perth, aiming to create a “vibrant urban community” that combines commercial, retail, residential, educational, and transport infrastructure. Sustainability is a cornerstone of the project, which seeks to be adaptable to, and respectful of, its site and heritage.

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Australia's Largest Botanic Garden: Biodiversity and Sustainability in the Public Realm

Australia's Largest Botanic Garden: Biodiversity and Sustainability in the Public Realm | green streets | Scoop.it

In a former sand quarry, a new botanic garden has been completed, one that allows visitors to follow a metaphorical journey of water through the Australian landscape, from the desert to the coastal fringe.

Via the artistry of landscape architecture, this integrated landscape brings together horticulture, architecture, ecology, and art to create the largest botanic garden devoted to Australian flora. It seeks, through the design of themed experiences, to inspire visitors to see our plants in new ways.

The project's completion comes at a time when Botanic Gardens world-wide are questioning existing research and recreational paradigms to address landscape conservation and a renewed interest in meaningful visitor engagement...

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Pedro Barbosa's comment, September 11, 2013 10:23 AM
Lauren, please contact me on pbarbosa@gmail.com regarding this issue.
Bridgett and Sheila 's curator insight, October 3, 2013 11:29 AM

This botanical garden shows the landscape of Australia and how they have managed to bring all the plant life throughout Australia into it whether or not they really grow there. This is a form off art and inventions because they have found a way to bring it all in together and give people a nice tour through a small scale Australia. 

Jemma Tanner's curator insight, October 27, 2013 7:35 AM

The reason I decided to scoop this this article was because it involves learning areas to do with Australia's landscape as well as gives the opportunity for students to practically and rationally design a solution to a problem. For example, you could pose a problem environment to the class in which they have to fix within certain restrictions. This could be lowered for younger levels by choosing one area of focus.

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Where Are the World's Most Livable Cities?

Where Are the World's Most Livable Cities? | green streets | Scoop.it
The US has some beautiful places, but if you want to root yourself in the world’s most livable city, you’ll need to head Down Under because Melbourne, Australia has again been ranked at the top of the list.

The annual Livability Ranking and Overview assessed living conditions in 140 cities around the world, taking into account 30 factors in five categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure. Each city was then given a score of 0-100, and Melbourne — with a score of 97.5 — reigned supreme for the second year in a row, earning perfect scores for infrastructure, healthcare and education. The Australian cities of Adelaide, Sydney and Perth also made the top 10.In fact, of the 10 most livable cities, seven were in Australia and Canada. Our neighbors to the north who live in Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary inhabit cities that scored between 97.3 and 96.6 in the review.

But what about the US? Honolulu was the highest-ranked American city on the list, and it came at number 26. Counting the Hawaiian paradise, only nine US cities scored above 90 — the others were Pittsburgh, Washington, DC, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, Detroit, Boston and Seattle...

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New shade of green for the city

New shade of green for the city | green streets | Scoop.it

It's out with the old and in with a new tree canopy for Melbourne. 

Now that the solitary, gangly pine tree - 30 metres tall and all that remains of the celebrated Takata Matsubara forest in north-east Japan after the tsunami last March - is dying, all hopes are being pinned to grafting the tree and raising seedlings.

The pine, which until 10 months ago was just one amid 70,000, has come to mean more than its lean trunk and thin crown, something more than its materiality. It has become a symbol of hope and, for a time at least, survival.
Just as trees provide the bones of many private gardens, they help set the tone of the wider public landscape. Like the Japanese pine, this can be because of the emotions we pin to them as well as their physical presence.

Trees - ever-changing and ultimately dying, as they do - can never be viewed as a static part of the landscape and, under the strategy, the emphasis will be on increasing biodiversity and introducing a much wider range of plant species (both natives and exotics) with varying life expectancies, growth rates and growing conditions. Green roofs, walls and balconies will also play a bigger role...

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Botanic garden in Australia wins World Landscape of the Year 2013

Botanic garden in Australia wins World Landscape of the Year 2013 | green streets | Scoop.it
This year's award for the best landscape project at the World Architecture Festival has gone to a botanical garden at a former quarry in Australia, situated in a former sand quarry outside Melbourne. 
The garden is laid out as a journey through Australian fauna, from the desert to the coast, set among buildings and beside artificial lakes, and showcases170,000 plants across 1700 species, and is used by both researchers and the public.
"This garden brilliantly summarises the great variety of Australian flora as well as the large part of the country which is arid desert," said the panel of judges. "Like a botanic garden, it is a collection of difference, but with a strong unifying set of journeys through the various landscapes.

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Urban Planning for Bicycles Hits Second Gear

Urban Planning for Bicycles Hits Second Gear | green streets | Scoop.it
Cities worldwide are increasingly becoming aware of the importance of and opportunities created by an investment in bicycle infrastructure.

This is particularly true in Australia, with the various states and cities updating their biking networks to cater to a growing need for automobile-alternative transport means.
After completing Stage One of the Melbourne Bicycle Plan, the Victorian capital is following in the footsteps of iconic European cycling cities such as Copenhagen and Amsterdam in moving towards developing a more bike-friendly metropolitan area.
The first stage of the plans ran from 2007 until 2011 and focused heavily on making initial networking upgrades and developing the foundations for new cycling infrastructure. The key focuses of that development stage were setting the groundwork for safe networks and developing greater communication with the cycling community.

Now, moving forward with the Draft Bicycle Plan for 2012 – 2016, the city’s commitment to providing ‘safe and connected bicycle routes’ has been further solidified.
According to The City of Melbourne, cyclists’ activities are expected to grow to make up six per cent of all trips to and within the city by 2016. This will account for 15 per cent of inner city peak traffic.
Now that the foundations have been set, city council hopes to build on them with the influence and inclusion of ‘cycling innovation’ standing as the next major goal...

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From mean streets to green streets

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From mean streets to green streets...

Sustainable developments are forcing landlords to lift their game to stay competitive.

A website is seeking to raise the profile of that rare newcomer, the green rental property. When greenmoves.com.au founder Dani King rattles off a list of significant sustainable property developments under construction around town, it certainly sounds promising.

Impressive multi-unit residential developments, such as Breathe Architecture's The Commons in Brunswick, Lend Lease's Convesso apartments at Docklands and Stockland's Selandra Rise community, near Cranbourne, will increase the supply of green rental properties in Melbourne. With councils encouraging sustainable housing in municipalities including Melbourne, Moreland, Yarra, Darebin, Knox, Whitehorse and Banyule, Ms King predicts green properties will be much easier to find and rent...

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