Latrobe Valley Design Project

Latrobe Valley Design Project



RMIT Design Studio Project



Landscape Architecture



Urban Planning

Landscape Architecture






Latrobe Valley, Victoria, Australia






The Latrobe Valley is 70 minutes drive from the outskirts of Melbourne and home to 75,000 people. The coal mines are currently the heartbeat of the region ensuring the local economy is in a healthy position.


This Low Carbon Futures’ research project and design upper pool studio aimed to create innovative visions of new, and alternative cities of the near future by creating opportunities for the transition into low carbon, thriving, and sustainable communities.


The aim was to produce strategic design outcomes for a community which could respond to conditions of change that effect life in the Latrobe City; enhancing the existing and future qualities of the urban environment, the liberated mines, associated infrastructure and outline opportunities for current and future growth.


The research and studio outcomes were to propose, and demonstrate, a range of design strategies considered through a range of time frames in 10-year-intervals – from short term to long term, temporary to permanent, and staged growth cycles - The design intent was to give the landscape back to the community, rather than private companies.


The proposed design strategies were to address the current social, economic, environmental status of the area and improve where needed through an integrated approach in order to construct intelligent visions for the Latrobe area.


The proposal focussed on the local community reclaiming the mine in strategic fragments during time frames into the future to allow for adequate planning and preparation of the reclaimed spaces.


The proposal also highlighted the need for the coal dependant Latrobe Valley to generate income through other means. As time goes by, nodes are installed in order to generate income from tourists occupying the new sites, whilst existing mines are utilised for agriculture with the income generated and controlled by the local community.