Urban Futures Competition winners from 2014.
First prize, 2014
Coburg Senior High School
Deborah looks at the issue of urban heat island effect, with her photo highlighting the contrast between the skyscraper filled CBD and the suburbs beyond – a built form difference that results in a variation of up to 4 degrees between city and suburbs. She highlights the health and environmental impacts of this effect.
Deborah puts forward a range of strategies, such as green rooftops, increased canopy cover, and solar reflective building materials to minimise heat gain.
Second prize, 2014
Kelly focuses on the integration of housing development with transport infrastructure. She argues that to create a more sustainable city we should create mixed used ‘hubs’ of intensified development around train stations.
Kelly highlights the new upgrade to Glen Waverly station as a successful model, providing a much improved public realm as well as new apartments and commercial space.
Third prize, 2014
Marymede Catholic College
Emma examines the challenge of providing high quality public transport in new growth areas of the city. In particular she highlights the limitations of ‘park-and-ride’ facilities as effective solutions for meeting the travel needs of outer suburban communities.
Emma argues for the provision of extended rail lines in growth corridors to deliver more effective transport options and better environmental outcomes.
Fourth prize, 2014
Penleigh and Essendon Grammar
Emma tackles the complex issue of homelessness in cities. She argues that there is a greater need for integrated services to support people who are homeless – services that offer both crises support and also help address the underlying causes of homelessness.
Emma proposes a specialised hub for homelessness support and services in the CBD; a hub that also serves as a welcoming and caring place for homeless people.