Urban Futures Competition winners from 2015.
First prize, 2015
Werribee Secondary College
Tazim focuses on the heat island effect of Melbourne CBD’s concrete buildings that store and trap heat and are often degrees higher in temperature than outer suburbs. Tazim relates the higher temperatures as causes of heatwaves and droughts and suggests solutions such as urban gardens to absorb the heat, limiting the height of buildings to allow sunlight to enter and leave naturally, planning for more open space within the city and working toward reducing pollution.
Second prize, 2015
Carla discusses the need for more urban greenery in the form of rooftop and vertical gardens in the city. Urban greenery can provide insulation for high rise buildings that are vulnerable to heatwaves and rely on air-conditioning systems for climate control.
Carla explains how gardens in the city and plants within buildings can help keep buildings cool, improve air quality by removing pollutants, reduce flooding through water absorption and make the most liveable city even more inviting.
Third prize, 2015
John Monash Science School
Aimee identifies the urban problem of railway crossings, how they create congestion and present safety issues for pedestrians, public transport users and drivers. As urbanisation continues to increase rapidly throughout Victoria, public transport networks must provide more efficient ways for citizens to safely arrive at their destinations at a faster time.
Aimee presents the solution of moving the stations, which currently have railway crossings, underground. This will eradicate traffic build up on busy roads, provide commuters quicker and safer access into the city and reduce the number of road accidents.
Fourth prize, 2015
Williamstown High School
Amy discusses the issue of transport congestion. Metro carries 415,000 passengers each weekday to various points in and around Melbourne, a number that has increased by more than 300 per cent in the past decade and is expected to rise as the population of Melbourne expands. One of the main factors of overcrowding is that train punctuality is taken too lightly.
Amy’s suggested solutions are longer trains that can take more passengers, more frequent trains during peak hour and a tighter tolerance and punctuality restrictions for trains. She compares Metro’s definition of “on time” as the proportion of services which arrived at their destination no later than 4 minutes and 59 seconds after scheduled time in the timetable with the efficiency of Japan’s Tokaido Shinkansen where the average delay is 54 seconds. Aim stresses that the problem can only be fixed if train punctuality is addressed.