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.
As a part of the Sustainable Living Festival 2013 (our 6th time to participate!), Urban Reforestation ran a workshop called "new way of being". In essence the workshop was about 'being' in a natural environment in the middle of the city.
Here are reports by Urban Reforestation regarding our project Target 3008 in the Docklands, Melbourne, supported by the Victorian Government’s Sustainability Fund and a large amount of in-kind support.