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 or industry sectors included mobility, energy, food, elderly and youth stakeholders. These projects envisage a community that has food and energy security, seeding of new industries and innovative means of investing in its own establishment. This ‘quiet revolution’ enables the local community to take control and responsibility for its own well-being and fosters community networks to build resilience to external economic fluctuations. Through the privileging of quality of life over fiscal capacity and proposing multiple interventions that distribute the risk and benefits, these studio projects create a re-democratised vision of local amenities and reduced reliability on externally provided services.