Melbourne, Australia


The project investigates Cranbourne and Clyde which are on the edges of the urban growth boundary. The urban sprawl process happening in this urban-rural interface has resulted in hybrid models of mixed urban and rural programs such as market gardens surrounded by suburban residential developments or sport venues integrated into production lands, or farmlands are used as buffer zones for factories rather than real food production. The primary role of farms as food production is decreasing giving land for residential projects. Local people are having difficulty in food access due to poor public transport and control of supermarket chains. Research on “food-miles” in Melbourne shows long distance travel from farms to dinner tables. Therefore, farmlands should be maintained to promote local food production and food access. The proposal uses case studies to create an integrated strategy of urban architecture, infrastructure and landscape to promote local growth food in urban growth areas where agricultural production is facing severe challenges of displacement. The strategic interventions before development will guide the future development of the peri-urban areas and create a sustainable living environment as well as maintaining local culture and industries.


Date: June 15, 2015