Deep City: Future Scenarios for Bendigo Creek and Golden Square

The Deep City exhibition, as presented at MADA Gallery.

The Ecological City Planning Project in Semester 2, 2018 – a collaboration between students undertaking the Master of Urban Planning and Design and the Master of Architecture – focused on future scenarios for the suburb of Golden Square and Bendigo Creek.

Senior Lecturer Catherine Murphy and Professor Nigel Bertram developed the studio project in conjunction with the City of Greater Bendigo. The work was guided by the community-wide consultation conducted by the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities on how the management of water and other resources can help shape a more liveable, resilient and sustainable Bendigo.

Overall, the breadth of the student outcomes from this engaging semester of work were of a high standard and demonstrated the value of the integrated approach of planning and design. At the end of the semester, the student work was shown in an exhibition at the Golden Square Bowling Club in Bendigo which was opened by the Mayor and attended by nearly all of the City of Greater Bendigo Councillors, along with many local organisations and community members. Soon after, five students were invited to Bendigo to do paid work over summer, some of them working on the development of their ideas. A final exhibition of the work was shown as part of Melbourne Design Week 2019 at MADA Gallery.

Students undertaking fieldwork on-site in Bendigo region.