With Juliette Anich and Emily Ballantyne- Brodie

This design studio will explore the potential of a design-led regional food hub model in the City of Greater Shepparton, Victoria. Based 190 km north of Melbourne, Shepparton is a unique town located in the heart of Victoria’s growing region, Goulburn Valley. Also home of SPC, the famous Australian company (now owned by Coca-Cola) that has been producing canned peach, pear and tomato products since cooperative days in 1921. Despite its geographic advantage, the town is riddled with social and economic challenges including high obesity, increasing unemployment and threat of SPCs closure due to cheaply imported fruits. The area is also acutely under threat by climate change.

This studio will give you an opportunity to work in a complex regional system that will involve liaising with communities, councils, educational institutions and businesses so your design idea can be developed within the constraints and challenges of a real-world context. Run in conjunction with RMIT Landscape Architecture undergraduate and Masters level students, local Shepparton community group GV Food Bowl Revolution and business enterprise and tourism facility Emerald Bank, this studio will be an immersive experience for all students.

This studio will utilise research methods and methodologies from Service Design, User Experience, Co-design and Sustainability practice.

Note: This studio requires a lot of field work which means a trip to, staying overnight at Shepparton. Two formal field trips have been planned as part of this studio (week 5 & 10) however more trips will need to be taken by students in their own time.