Over the past week Urban Reforestation's director Emily Ballantyne-Brodie attended the Victorian Super Trade Mission in China. This week our organisation, along with the Victorian Sustainable Urban Design Delegation (40 leading architecture, development and urban design companies from Victoria) has met people from all around China who are interested in designing liveable and sustainable cities.
The Edible Bus Stop transforms neglected sites across London’s bus network into valuable community growing spaces. Originating as a guerilla garden project adjacent to a bus stop in South London, they transform once-forgotten spaces into thriving neighbourhood hubs that are celebrated by local residents and users of the bus route.
Human Cities Festival took place on March 15th and 16th 2012. Many people from diverse backgrounds and countries came together to share their views in a symposium style on the theme 'Reclaiming the Public Space'. There was a practical side of the festival, where conference participants went out into Brussels public space to engage people in various activities or to simply 'activate' the public space. There was some beautiful events that took place and this was a highlight of the conference. There was public art displays, performance art and simply engaging people in various activities.
Here's an interesting article to read on Treehugger, http://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-agriculture/are-islam-and-permaculture-match-made-heaven.html. Further to a project ran in Jordan that managed to turn an arid, salty desert into fertile soil, a one hectare permaculture school farm and a 16 hectare permaculture college are now about to open.
Urban Reforestation works from a wonderful office space called Hub Melbourne. In a nutshell, Hub Melbourne is a professional member community that drives innovation through collaboration. They host co-working spaces, curate experiences and catalyse connections for diverse individuals & organisations.