This new project, funded through an ARC Linkage Project grant, will investigate and simulate a series of such scenarios in the Melbourne metropolitan area, exploring a range of building types, morphologies and design approaches. These scenarios will be tested for community resistance, design quality, market viability and the necessary forms of urban governance.
The project is lead by Professor Kim Dovey at Melbourne University, with the MGS team including Rob McGauran, Eli Giannini, Simon Wollan and Marcus White. Other research collaborators include professors Shane Murray, Rob Adams and Geoffrey London, and industry partners are: Aspect Studios (landscape), City of Darebin, City of Melbourne, David Lock Associates (Australia) Pty Ltd (Planning), Department of Planning and Community Development Victoria, Moreland City Council , and Office of the Victorian Government Architect.
This continues an ongoing research commitment to the area of sustainable cities and the role of transit orientation in creating sustainable places, following earlier projects in developing urban design diagnostic computer tools for large scale urban environments with RMIT and ARC research work with the University of Melbourne, the Education Department and the Government Architect in developing Smart Green Schools and new Smart Activity Centres.