with Simon Curlis

This studio considers service design tools and social innovation as a means of developing tourism and sustainable vacation potential in post-carbon localised economies situated in regional Victoria. You will encounter notions of local and regional self-sufficiency in meeting food, water, and energy production and economic needs. You will also proposes activities & services that promote different value chains and cultural change within tourism markets for more rewarding leisure time.

Peak Oil and Climate Change combined with increased extreme weather events and post-carbon economic effects on everyday life will increasingly determine the manner in which one can afford and enjoy vacations. Furthermore, developments in work-life balance will change the frequency and style of holiday one may engage in.

Simultaneously communities that currently survive on tourist economies will find diminished income and require alternative financial income streams or method for fulfilling the communities food water and energy resilience.

In parallel, the environmental pressure on native and agricultural ecosystems and reduced resourcing due to reduced visitors/income streams may threaten native sustainability or conventional methods of agriculture. Hence, a requirement to intervene with reduced capacity to achieve sustainable ends.

Currently, the Otway ranges and Great Ocean Road serves International and domestic tourists to drive (consume resources) and eat (consume food) and view natural phenomena such as the 12 Apostles. The economic contribution to local community is will be rendered unviable through an oil price hike which will inflate the prices beyond current affordability. The challenge for you as a designer is to find new methods to engage the local communities in sustainable tourism that achieves local economic and environmental resilience for local and international tourist