Eco Urban music case study

Eco Urban, Sunrise at 1770, Queensland

Winner - Best Sustainable Development in Australia,
Urban Development Institute of Australia Awards, 2008

Winner - Best Sustainable Development in Queensland,
Urban Development Institute of Australia Awards 2007

Surrounded on all sides by nature conservation reserves and stretching along four kilometres of beachfront, no other residential development of this scale in Australia equals ‘Sunrise at 1770’s’ commitment to maintaining Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) principals. The development ensures residential facilities remain almost totally self dependent and only 172 houses will be located within the Sunrise Village. Nearly 98% of the land available is permanently conserved and adds to the area’s already considerable list of National Parks and Nature Reserves.

Dan Raymond at EcoUrban was project director for the concept, preliminary, detailed infrastructure design and environmental phases of the $20 million icon project. The project was the first truly sustainable land development in Queensland. It was developed within the dune system over laying Miriamvale Shire’s Water Supply aquifer near the town of 1770. The design included total on-site recycling of all waste and wastewater, all green waste and a unique sustainable building code.

Eco Urban used music as a conceptual design tool for the stormwater systems at Sunrise. For example, there are no kerbs on the roads and all drainage where it exists are as dry rock creek beds. music helped in the first instance to see how runoff changed with the addition of roads on to the natural surface.

Eco Urban, Caral EcoVillage, Hervey Bay, Queensland

The Caral EcoVillage strives to be a model for self-sufficiency, providing an environmentally and community friendly lifestyle for a diversity of people. The driving force behind the design is the sense of community life that characterises traditional small fishing villages on Australia's coast. Local architectural and cultural features were integrated throughout the design plans.

Eco Urban was involved with Caral from the earliest conceptual planning. Eco Urban’s role was to conceptualise and design the ecovillage infrastructure to ensure that sustainability and social objectives could be met. This involved ensuring that water supply, reclaimed and recycled water, waste handling and irrigation systems were sustainable and ‘future-proofed’, thereby enabling the ecovillage to upgrade its infrastructure as more efficient systems evolve. Eco Urban used music as a conceptual design tool for the stormwater systems at Caral EcoVillage.