Exploring design of new cities to Balance Victoria. A symposium hosted by RMIT Urban Futures ECP that will propose new models for sustainable transport orientated urbanism in regional Victoria that promotes healthy lifestyles and a redistribution of population away from Melbourne. The new urban centres will be designed as walkable, cycle friendly places that privilege public transport over the private car, they will generate their own energy, manage their own waste, and collect their own water and be connected through a high-speed rail network.
Using the proposed fast rail to Geelong as a model, the symposium will explore the urban design impacts of high speed rail alongside the associated growth in jobs and housing that will come with increased transport connectivity and allow a focus on health and sustainability.
Hon Patrick McNamara
RMIT Urban Futures ECP
RMIT has been involved in research around high speed rail and its urban benefits for several years and the Victorian Government announcement of investment in fast rail to Geelong last October has given tangible focus to our work. Through the RMIT Urban Futures ECP research platform we are exploring urban design impacts of high speed rail alongside the associated growth in jobs and housing that will come with increased transport connectivity.
Underpinning this work are strategies for improved health by designing new and redeveloped urban areas that are walkable and bike-able with housing at an appropriate density in communities well served by parks, schools and community infrastructure.
A LIGHT LUNCH WILL BE AVAILABLE.
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The event will also include the release of a new paper by Dr Elizabeth Taylor to coincide with the event