Jess Bird

To develop low-carbon resilient communities from within the existing fabric of urban and regional life it is important to have two things: visions of desirable future living scenarios and visible interventions, today, that can re-orient the path of future development. This studio looks at the challenges facing the town of Anglesea, on the Great Ocean Road, in response to economic and climate change pressures.

This studio considers service design tools and social innovation as a means of developing sustainable potential in post-carbon localised economies in 2040. You will encounter notions of local and regional self-sufficiency in meeting food, water, and energy production and economic needs. You will explore VEIL’s Eco-Acupuncture methodology, conduct action research, create radical visions of the future and test your propositions. Think low-carbon transport services, household energy generation, firefighting blimps, innovative communication networks, new local businesses and social enterprises; designing products-services-systems for Anglesea 2040. You will gain a strong understanding of the vital impact of social and environmental contextual issues on developing design interventions. This studio is an extension of a federally funded project ‘Visions of Resilience’ looking at community resilience to extreme weather events. A critical element of the studio will be two overnight field trips to Anglesea and the Surf Coast Region.

VEIL: The Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL) seeks to identify and promote emerging technical, social and organisational innovations that could form part of future sustainable systems. VEIL creates conditions to explore emerging ideas and stimulate new ones, using a 25-year horizon to generate visions of possible futures and new trajectories for sustainable development. VEIL calls this program: Eco- Acupuncture. VEIL can be accessed at: http://ecoinnovationlab.com