THE FUTURE: A TRIP IN TIME TO THE YEAR 2200 AND BEYOND
By 2050, Melbourne’s population will pass 7 million. The waters of Port Phillip Bay will rise by half a metre, at the very least, and temperatures will be, on average, three degrees warmer.
Melbourne will be ill prepared – sprawling, profligate and vulnerable. But it will prevail ecause of a tiny, shining jewel at its heart. This collection of architecture and infrastructures crowded around the mouth of the Yarra will provide Melbourne with much of its power, almost all of its water, its food and consumables, its culture and vitality. It will provide Melbourne with life.
This is a studio about its forecasting, conception and design. This is a studio around the Hundred Year City...
The project proposes a micro-city of at least 150,000 new residents, and commensurate employment opportunities across the Fisherman’s Bend Development Area and its surrounds.
The city will beat existing zero-carbon urban approaches – at the barest minimum offsetting the carbon footprint of the CBD. The Hundred Year City might serve as an organ for the remediation of potable water, the generation and storage of power, the growing of sustainable foodstuffs, the supply of novel manufactured goods for the metropolitan area and a concerted focus for emergent and innovative industries.
The development of this micro-city will be carefully pegged against a series of integrated benchmarks using a new holistic simulation and projective modelling tool, MUtopia.