Zero Carbon Futures

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About Zero Carbon Futures

Zero Carbon Futures investigates scenarios for sustainable and resilient futures within the urban environment. These issues were explored through a series of public lectures from leading lights in the sustainability field and a range of student design studio projects that propose new strategies for shaping the urban environment.

Events included:

Can going to work make you healthier? A presentation by Jeff Robinson, Aurecon Global Sustainable Buildings Leader. Jeff introduced the new WELL Building Standard, an evidence-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring the performance of building features that impact health and well-being.


Creating Sustainable Cities with Tim Campbell Project Director, Victoria Harbour and Jack Noonan Manager Climate Change Program, Sustainability Victoria. Tim Campbell provided an overview of sustainability at Lendlease, with a focus on key sustainability initiatives that have been delivered at the precinct. Jack Noonan shared what Victorians really think about climate change, sustainability and renewable energy, and provided an update on how Victorians are taking practical action on climate change through the TAKE2 Climate Change Pledge Program.


The Phase Change 2.0 exhibition presented work developed as part of the interdisciplinary design research studio led by Dr Charles Anderson and  Dr Michaela Prescott within the RMIT Landscape Architecture Program in the School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University. Rethinking food, waste, water, ecological  and social systems, the exhibited work explored propositions for the design of resilient high density urban environments in a zero carbon world.


The Urban Systems exhibition featured work generated in the suite of design studios offered by the RMIT Master of Design Innovation and Technology program.

Ideas presented in the exhibition addressed the following issues:

  • food production and consumption in ethical, sustainable and empathetic ways;
  • the connection between personal digital data and its expression in the public sphere;
  • the role that sonic environments play in the urban context;
  • the design of flexible and reconfigurable structural systems;
  • adaptive algorithmic approaches to the generation of urban form;
  • future potentials of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

As part of the National Sustainable Living Festival 2018, The Exchange at Knowledge Market presented  Zero. This month-long exhibition brought together projects by RMIT Landscape Architecture, Interior Design and Design Innovation and Technology students envisioning the potential for zero carbon futures in high density urban environments. Ranging from large-scale urban infrastructure to small personal devices, each project used the urban environment of Victoria Harbour, Docklands as its focus.

Activities

  • Urban Systems

    The Urban Systems exhibition featured work generated in the suite of design studios offered by the RMIT Master of Design Innovation and Technology program in semester two of 2017.

  • Phase Change 2.0

    The Phase Change 2.0 exhibition presents work developed as part of the interdisciplinary design research studio led by Dr Charles Anderson and  Dr Michaela Prescott within the RMIT Landscape Architecture Program in the School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University.

  • Can going to work make you healthier?

     

    In this presentation, Jeff introduced the new WELL Building Standard, an evidence-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring the performance of building features that impact health and well-being. A WELL rating can help create a built environment that improves the nutrition, fitness, mood, sleep patterns and performance of its occupants. Are you ready for the Wellness Revolution?

  • Zero

    As part of the National Sustainable Living Festival 2018, The Exchange at Knowledge Market presents Zero.

  • One Cup at a Time

    Join us for the opening of One Cup at a Time, a studio exhibition showcasing design proposals for a sustainable cafe culture by RMIT Master of Design Innovation and Technology students. Studio leader Dianne McGrath will be opening the exhibition with a free public lecture, sharing how the students tackled issues around packaging, food waste and community engagement.

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The Exchange is hosting a curated series of public workshops, exhibitions, forums and community events throughout the year-long project.

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