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Re-imagining Affordable Eco Housing

22/03/2019 12:15 pm
22/03/2019 4:30 pm
Eastern Hub Geelong, 285A McKillop Street, East Geelong VIC, Australia   View map


This activity, which is part of Melbourne Design Week, is hosted by Geelong Sustainability in conjunction with Geelong and Bellarine Tiny Homes Ltd. The 2019 #MelbourneDesignWeek theme is Design Experiments and poses the question: How can design shape the future? Design is fundamental to the form and function of our built environments and offers a pathway for positive transformation.  



This event will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders: architects, builders, planners, business people, developers, academics, government officers, community groups and potential residents. Their challenging task will be to re-imagine a new model for affordable eco housing.

The workshop will use design thinking to unlock existing barriers and redesign enabling planning criteria. Breakout groups will address the current planning constraints and consider design options and the shared versus private amenities.

Interested participants will be invited to join a project working group that will continue to collaborate on the design and development of a pilot micro village of small, energy-efficient, affordable homes in Geelong. The activity will augment work being undertaken by the Deakin HOME group.



12.15 – 1.00pm – Introductions & networking over light lunch
1.00 – 3.45pm – Workshop & breakout sessions
3.45 – 4.30pm – Further discussion over refreshments (optional)

The workshop will have a maximum of 40 participants. To be successful it requires people from a wide range of sectors. A number of places will be reserved for technical experts. Members of community groups and potential residents are invited to register for this free event.



The population of the City of Greater Geelong is now over 244,000 people. Geelong’s growth rate has almost doubled to 2.7% over the past 5 years and this growth is set to continue. We must develop clever and creative solutions to balance the competing demands for more residential housing and improved infrastructure with the imperative for more diversity in building stock and affordable housing. All, whilst protecting our natural environment and responding to climate change.

In October 2018, the City adopted a new Settlement Strategy to provide a planning framework to deliver housing in the municipality up to 2036. With almost 85 per cent of Geelong’s housing stock consisting of suburban detached ‘family homes’ increasing housing diversity will be a key feature of addressing housing needs into the future. A new residential planning paradigm is crucial to the delivery of affordable housing, liveable suburbs, resilient communities and a sustainable future.

Currently Australians build the biggest, most leaky houses in the world. Small houses recommend themselves strongly on sustainability grounds, by reducing energy bills for homeowners and greenhouse gas emissions through less embodied energy.

This activity is part of Melbourne Design Week 2019, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV, National Gallery of Victoria.
Please Note – The workshop has a maximum of 40 participants. A number of places have been reserved for technical experts.
Members of community groups and potential residents are invited to register and we will confirm places ASAP.  Please advise any dietary requirements when registering.

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