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Malvern East Australia

Melbourne - Vic - Australia - Oceania
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Malvern East
Rebekah Crawford
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A final year RMIT Industrial Design student interested in sustainability, engaging people with it and designing innovative solutions

Statement of Purpose

This GM is part of my final year project which is as follows:

Keywords: sustainability, service design, participatory, backcasting, future plan, community, behaviour change, social innovation, design activism, developing sustainability

In a world that is fast running out of resources it is important that we make changes to our lifestyles, to reduce our waste, consumption and energy use so as to live responsibly. Malvern East is in a band of suburbs known as the "leafy green" suburbs. However, the Australian Conservation Calculator showed that per person per year, the greenhouse gas pollution in Malvern East is 24.65tonnes, yet the state average is only 19.73 tonnes. Malvern East are also above state and national averages in the area of water consumption.

My project will be designing what a sustainable Malvern East could look like, designing the process of how to achieve that future and developing a set of tools to engage the residents in achieving this vision, using the methods of backcasting, service design and social innovation.

I am proposing to research why this is the case and to develop a model and set of tools for sustainable living for Malvern East, in collaboration with the local council. This investigative and developing project will involve research into the reasons why Malvern East is like this, what it could be and what other communities are doing in the field of sustainability.

My audience will be the locals of Malvern East, but also my peers in my studio tutorial and my supervisors. I hope that the GM that I develop will engage and inspire the locals to change to a more sustainable way of life.

Malvern East is an established residential and commercial area. Malvern East is bounded generally by Wattletree Road and the Monash Freeway in the north, Gardiners Creek and Warrigal Road in the east, Princes Highway and Dandenong Road in the south and generally by Tooronga Road in the west. Major features of the area include Chadstone Shopping Centre, Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, Primary Schools, Malvern Sports Club, Malvern Valley Golf Club, Parks and Ovals. It is an affluent community, most common household type is 2-person (35%) and 1-person (34%)

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