Our very own Yoav Goldwein ventured to China as a part of the Victorian Government's Trade Mission with the Urban Design Delegation in October 2013. Here are some of his thoughts and urban planning insights on this fascinating country that is full of contradictions and a whole lot of people!
A lot can be said about the transformation of Melbourne's Central Business District (CBD) over the last two decades. From being an empty lifeless core, the heart of Melbourne reinvented itself as THE place to shop, drink and eat in almost any hour of the day (Melbourne does go to sleep at some point!).
For the third year in a row, Melbourne, Australia, has been named the world’s most liveable city by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Liveability Survey. The Victorian government's Super Trade Mission to China October 2013 was led by the state Premier, the Hon Dr Denis Napthine MP, and focused on Victoria’s lifestyle and liveability offering, including sustainable urban design.
Congratulations on making it this far! No really. Did you ever stop to realise that you are the result of about 3.8 billions years of evolution? It strikes me sometimes that in the midst of doom and gloom we forget to rejoice the fact that despite the odds, human life has evolved in a truly remarkable way and we’re now alive to experience the world wide wake-up call challenging us to shift our paradigm and start to take care of the Earth.