Nature strips are very common in Melbourne. These nature strips are a symbol of space, health and environment in the city. The nature strip origins goes back to the 19th century as a way to trap dust coming up from the unpaved roads, but today their role is solely visual.
Have you heard of the term YIMBY (Yes In My Back Yard)? It is a movement opposite to NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard). According to urban planners, NIMBY means people will not support a change in the urban landscape, as it will affect their private space.
Urban environment is tricky territory; it can be planned to the smallest detail but will constantly change organically at the hands of its inhabitants. Whether it's the slums of New Delhi or the skyline of Manhattan, it's all about people shaping their own environment.
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.
Community gardens are places where people come together to grow fresh food, to learn, relax and make new friends. They are so important for creating community life in a place, building awareness around sustainable living and having fun!