Rowville is a suburb in Melbourne which local government area is the City of Knox. At the 2006 Census, Rowville had a population of
34,412.Rowville is a heavily car-dependent community, with most families having at least two cars. 70% of residents drive cars to work. I have

                                                                                                                                                         ROWVILLE 2030: FUTURE SCENARIO
used Bogota, Columbia as my case study, and researched its transport system in particular, which is what propelled Bogota into a sustainable
city, from a car-dependant city. I have chosen Rowville because it is highly car-dependant too, and believe that it possesses potential to
contain a sustainable community in 2030, not just in terms of transport, but also in connnectivity, water, waste, and energy management.

  TRANSPORT                              2030: 3-looped bus route                 2030: minor bus routes                 2030: bicycle paths                            WATER MANAGEMENT
                                                                                                                                                                        In 2030, mains water is reduced in Council operations. Rainwater
                                                                                                                                                                        harvesting is one of the main methods used in the future because it is
                                                                                                                                                                        a simple and cost-e ective water preservation system: roof run-o is
                                                                                                                                                                        collected through downpipes and ground run-o through under-
                                                                                                                                                                        ground collection chambers. From these chambers, water is pumped
                                                                                                                                                                        to head tanks which are isolated from potable water. Harvested
                                                                                                                                                                        rainwater can be used in toilets, irrigation, and washing, which saves a
                                                                                                                                                                        large amount of water. The community will also be educated by
                     Rowville 2009                                                                                                                                      council about costs and bene ts of water conservation, in order to
                                                                                                                                                                        create awareness about water management issues.
  There are no trainlines in the suburb.There is a bus system but busses come so infrequently, to the extent that residents call up busses to pick them from
  houses during the weekends. The proposal for the future would be to incorporate a 3-looped bus route that overlaps in the centre, which would densify the                                                                                                            source:
  street corridors because of the increase in street life. Bicycle paths will also be introduced to every part of the suburb to encourage the use of bikes.                                                                                                  

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          It is so di erent now in 2030. I used to have to take     I no longer have to drive all the way into the         The council organised an education          We now use stored harvested rainwater to          Peak oil prices in 2030 has encouraged us to change our
          the car to travel within the suburb, but now I can        cul-de-sac where my house is. There are now            campaign on separating garbage and           ush toilets, water plants, and our bikes. It     heating systems. Metering systems, solar panels and
          depend on Rowville’s friendly bus system and use          pathways and green corridors for easy access. All      the community bene tted. We now             saves a lot of water and money this way.          energy use restrictions are built into the houses to restrict
          my bike, as there are bike routes everywhere. The         parts of Rowville is now made pedestrian friendly,     have individual recycling bins for                                                            the use of non-reusable energy.
          community is more integrated this way.                    with good connectivity.                                di erent materials.

  CONNECTIVITY                                                                                                             WASTE                                                                                        ENERGY
  & DENSIFICATION                                                                                                          MANAGEMENT                                                                                                                            Rowville’s CO² emissions and
                                                                                                                           Rowville will be                                                                                                                      energy savings will be moni-
Ease of movement is vital for residents,
                                                                                                                           provided with general                                                                                                                 tored in three categories -
and this can be reinforced by
                                                                                                                           waste, recycling and                                                                                                                  heating, electricity and
consideration of connectivity and
                                                                                                                           green vegetation                                                                                                                      transport. Peak oil prices in
permeability so that is it easy for
                                                                                                                           waste systems.                                                                                                                        2030 encourages households
residents to move about in. Roads,
                                                                                                                           Residents will be                                                                                                                     to change their heating
footpaths and public spaces is proposed
                                                                                                                           required to place their                                                                                                               systems. Metering systems,
to be connected by accessable pathways
                                                                                                                           wheely-bins to the                                                                                                                    solar panels and energy use
are made by removal of singular houses
                                                                                                                           entrance of cul-de-                                                                                                                   restrictions are built into
or trimming 1-2 meters o each property
                                                                                                                           sacs.                                                                                                                                 houses to reduce energy
boundary on either side. Plots will be
sub-divided to cater for shop fronts, retail                                                                               This will prevent the waste trucks from having to enter the revitalised cul-de-sacs.
retail spaces, or new residential units to densify corridors, encouraging                                                  Other than recycling waste, residents will be encouraged to compost organis waste,
working and living locally. There is a controversy of whether this will                                                    which can be used for soil fertiliser - for gardening and small-scaled backyard vegeta-
supported by the residents or not, but with incentives and proper                                                          ble patches. The council can provide incentives when compost are collected from      
education about the sustainable bene ts of this proposal, it is hoped that                                                 households in separate kerbside collections, for parks and civic amenity sites.
it will be a possible solution for for future.
                                                                                                                                                                          HONG YI            230102            ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN                MASTERS STUDIO C          ANGELA ALESSI

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