Urban Futures Competition winners from 2010.
First prize, 2010
Talia highlights the issue of social isolation and exclusion in cities – a critical issue for the social sustainability of cities.
She argues that with “increasing population, the urban isolation problem will only worsen and it needs to be addressed to create a sustainable city”.
She believes a foundation of communication, respect and support for others is essential for a successful urban society.
Second place, 2010
Caulfield Grammar School – Wheelers Hill Campus
Michael presents the case for increased urban densities to reduce urban sprawl in cities like Melbourne.
He draws inspiration from international cities, with high quality public transport and affordable housing in well located areas.
Michael is particularly impressed by Shanghai (photo), a densely populated city with a high quality metro network.
Third place, 2010
Northcote High School
Ellen examines the challenge of providing housing for growing cities in the face of environmental pressures and an ageing population.
She argues that increasing medium density housing in cities is essential, to reduce sprawl at the fringe, and also to reduce reliance on “shoe box” high rise towers.