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.
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.