Localised Solutions: VEIL conference

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Che Biggs

cbigg@unimelb.edu.au

T: +61 3 8344 0626

Are we on the edge of a ‘re-localisation’ revolution?

A one-day conference and forum, exploring the value, diversity and implications of a networked and localised approach to infrastructure and services.

With large, centralised infrastructure appearing vulnerable to climate change and ‘peak oil’, alternative solutions are emerging everywhere. Many of these are delivering food, water and energy via smaller, networked systems of localised production that can also lower carbon, increase efficiency, build resilience and strengthen local economies.

This ‘distributed’ systems model is over-turning old ideas of services and is re-shaping our image of the future. With communities and business becoming active adopters of solar panels, wind generators, rainwater tanks and neighbourhood gardens, people are breaking the mould of passive consumer – redefining themselves as active producers of critical resource.

Where can I find out more about Distributed Systems?

Research related to distributed systems is on-going. Two briefing papers covering energy and water issues can be downloaded from the publications section of this website. Additional papers will also be posted there.