Eco-Acupuncture: Catalysing Urban Transformations in Leeuwarden

Above is the 2015 Report for the Eco-Acupuncture program based in Leeuwarden last year.

The Eco-Acupuncture program has grown internationally with work in Florence (Italy) in 2013, and Rotterdam in 2014. Leeuwarden – as the EU Cultural Capital 2018 – became part of the international Eco- Acupuncture program in late 2014. The Leeuwarden bid for EU Cultural Capital proposed to use the intense cultural investment of the program as a driver for social, economic and environmental development of the city – with Lwd2018 as a deflection point in the historical development of the city.

With the support of Leeuwarden City, the Province, NHL and the University of Melbourne, the Eco- Acupuncture program began with a variety of engagement processes starting in 2014 to consider visions of the city in 25 years time – Leeuwarden 2040. There were multiple visits to the city during 2014-5 by the Eco Acupuncture principals Chris Ryan and Michael Trudgeon and at the beginning of 2015 a project team of 18 began work on an analysis of the city, its current and projected environmental and social challenges and the 2018 bid program.

In April the team travelled to Leeuwarden and set up an atelier for three weeks, based in the Blokhuispoort. Design work continued in Australia upon their return with another visit to Leeuwarden by the principals in July 2015. Finally in October 2015 the concepts were presented in two exhibitions in the city.

Each design intervention is guided by the Eco- Acupuncture analysis of the future challenges and opportunities for the city. Each addresses the themes of Lwd2018: Exploring and celebrating links between nature and culture; closing the gap between the city and the countryside; providing new opportunities for building community diversity and social interaction.

Design Studios from the Eco-Acupuncture Eco-Acupuncture Design Project
Visions of Florence 2035
The City of Florence invited the Eco Acupuncture program of the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL) at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning to envision a “resilient,
Smart Green Schools
How might a building teach its users about sustainability? A substantial part of the school building stock within Australia needs replacement or refurbishment. Embodied energy, environmental impacts, operating costs and
Sustainable Sprawl – 2007-08
Studio Leader: Dr. Sidh Sintusingha
Consuming 2032
What will shopping centers and retailing, ‘look and feel’ like? It is assumed that consumption patterns and consumption behaviour must become more sustainable over the next 25 years.  There is
Tactics and Strategies – 2007-08 Studios
Expanding social capital, conserving natural capital. In areas of social and economic disadvantage and resources scarcity, improvements to the built environment, funded through government, may reap social rewards. Wider cultural
Visual Communication – EcoCity (EBD)
EBD branding, logo and identity. Third-year Visual Communication students were asked to consider how the lifestyles and businesses unique to the EBD might be communicated to a larger audience through
Sustainable Landscape – EcoCity (EBD)
“Sowing the seeds of Sustainability” Studio Leader: Dr. Sidh Sintusingha
Tutor: Erwin Taal
Systems & Services – EcoCity (EBD)
Exploring EBD through its systems, specifically food production, the sharing community and integrated transport. Studio Leader: Mark Strachan
Tutors: Emma Luke, Andrew Hazelton
Visioning Mobility
What Melbourne might look like in a low-carbon future, with particular regard to transport and mobility equity? This elective focused on developing personal methodologies and language for dealing with complex,
Future Transport Systems
A light rail system that has low carbon emissions to be used in the suburb of Rowville in 2032. It is the year 2032 and the outer Melbourne suburb of
Systems & Services – Mobility
Systems & services for living, working, & connecting with community in Rowville 2032. By projecting to 2032, at a time where our lives are conducted and organised in a significantly
Vision: Sunshine 2.0 – Station Precinct
Eco-acupuncture: Developing sites of intervention 2012. What might a sustainable and resilient neighbourhood look like ? How can we assist the transformation of existing urban communities through transport design interventions?
Designing the Sustainable Landscape
The second Master of Landscape Architecture studio to focus on Sunshine, this studio again engages with Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) principles as applied to the open spaces of Sunshine Principle
The Peri-Urban Lounge Room
A 2nd Year Industrial Design Studio envisaging a cohesive community which has a closer, visible, connection to energy and water use. Broadmeadows is a growing hub that will be a
Human Powered Vehicles
The site of Broadmeadows is suitable to SLOW transport (super low consumptive transport), such as cycling and walking. Current bicycles are inappropriate for people with reduced capacity, the elderly, primary
Sustainability Think Tank
Students’ immersion in Hume and Broadmeadows led to strategies for resilience to climate change and peak oil that respond to particular community needs. Territories for design intervention based on community
Systems and Services Broadmeadows 2032
Studio Leader: Mark Strachan Tutors: Emma Luke, Nick Riddett, Andrew Hazelwinkel Identifying opportunities – points of intervention through innovative services and systems – that will bring about positive change in
NextGen Affordable Housing
Designing the Next Generation of affordable housing for Australia: the socio-cultural transformative capacity of architecture. Australia currently has the least affordable housing of anywhere in the world and a patchy
Sustainable Sprawl Sunshine
SUNSHINE PRINCIPLE ACTIVITY CENTRE, BRIMBANK CITY COUNCIL Urban sprawl is threatening Australian rural and natural open spaces/landscapes. How can the need to grow the economy and provide affordable housing be
Broadmeadows 2035
The studio has focus on the future development of the Broadmeadows town centre and the surrounding post-industrial precinct. Broadmeadows is a suburb wrestling with many of the problems facing Australian
Industrial Design – 2007-08
This fourth-year Industrial Design studio engaged students with eco-innovation concepts in the first year of the project. Studio Leader: Mark Richardson
How long does your building last? Longevity and adaptability are key ideas when thinking through sustainability in the built environment. The challenge for designers is to not only design buildings
Visualising Networked Neighbourhoods
Creating resilient waste free ‘ecologically sustainable’ human systems. The concept of sustainability is frequently linked to the limiting or regulation of human activities which we enjoy, aspire to, or find
Innovative public and private transport services. If you live in a community that can’t support personal car ownership, how does that change your expectation of transport and vehicle design? What
Low-consumption, high-density living for domestic rituals. This Industrial Design studio explored products for low-consumption, high-density living for domestic rituals – cooking, cleaning, gardening, food production, leisure etc. Three scenarios –
Architecture – EcoCity (EBD)
Built environment and activities of EBD. This architecture studio focused on the built environment and activities of the site. There were three main themes: the food production quarter, the highly-dense
Urban Design – EcoCity (EBD)
How might the key EBD principles come together as a holistic, inner-city development? Studio Leader: Prof. Darko Radovic
Tutors: Ian Woodcock, Jillian Walliss
Mess. Everyday Babylon – Mobility
Investigating two key issues in architectural design: the messiness of the everyday, and networked systems as an organisational model and creative tool. The year is 2032, the car is no
Access 2030
This studio introduced the City of Short Distances, scenario building, product-service- system thinking and sustainability to 2nd and 3rd year Monash Industrial Design students. The first project, Interlink, required students
Sustainable Vacation – Mobility
Investigating a Victorian-based vacation in the year 2032. You (the design students) will be 23 years older. You will have careers, perhaps families, and your parents will be nearing retirement.
Vision: Sunshine 2032
Vision Sunshine 2032. Eco-Acupuncture: Developing sites of intervention 2011.What might a sustainable and resilient neighbourhood look like ? How can we transform existing urban communities through design interventions?To address the
Duckbuild Thesis Studio
Sunshine is blessed with a well-placed railway station but is very poorly served by the design and operation of the station and the connective transport network. The suburb, with its
Real Sites, Research, Communities
Studio Leader: Simon Cookes, duckBuilD Real sites, real research, real communities, real concerns, real constraints, real approach, real results. The goals:
High density, trigger development. Buildings to be a
Mess(2): Everyday Babylon
Studio Leaders: Ammon Beyerle & Lisa Dew In this studio we wanted architecture to engage with the everyday. Mess: Everyday Babylon was about suburban ecology, dispersed networks, people, diversity, social
Sustainable Sprawl Broadmeadows
Studio Leader: Dr. Sidh Sintusingha Tutors: Matt Mackay (Hassell), Daniel Nunan (Aspect Studios) Towards the objectives of ‘urban sustainability’ – what are the alternatives to Urban Sprawl?  How will the
Adventures in IxD
Studio Leader: Tania Ivanka The studio was framed as ‘Adventures in interaction design’ with the directive: ‘Design for cultural change and exchange, communication and information’. Students chose from a range
Real sites, real research, real communities, real concerns, real constraints, real approach, real results. Theme: Coincide, overlap, hybrid, synergy, cut & shut, mash-up, integrate, union. Select 2 specific programs for
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Meals In Metropolis
What models of urban agriculture exist in Melbourne ?How could they be improved?  


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