Great time in Brisbane city!
I spent a couple of great weeks in Brisbane fully working on the written reports and the tour blog. Such a blessing to count with friends along my journey. I am very grateful to Rui for welcoming so well me at his place!
Most of my days were spent between the Library and the Edge working rooms both great "office" conditions available to everyone in the city.
Brisbane city has a strong connection to the river, having 1 km of river frontage with 25 ha of land available for public recreation. Along the river there are many urban outdoor spaces very well planned that provide citizens with good urban quality of life.
For my landscape architecture friends here the river front renewal master plan of Brisbane: http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/sites/default/files/20140821_-_draft_kurilpa_master_plan.pdf - it's interesting ;)
"Brisbane is on track to become one of the world’s most prosperous cities. It has every reason to be optimistic about the future river side garden living"
I could see that there is a big investment of money and resources towards Brisbane public spaces. Good urban planning directly influences peoples' lives and I felt it in my daily routine in Brisbane. This is great, although I personally believe that we have to plan for a descent of fossil fuels and a descent of resources, so I am looking forward to see examples of good urban planning that uses less energy in materials, construction and maintenance of public spaces and still generates ecologically sound landscapes for humans and wildlife.
I believe permaculture principles applied to landscape architecture and urban planning will allow us to design future proof landscapes!