The following is a re-design web version of landscape architecture design competition entry of a carbon neutral electronic car share scheme concept – ‘Driving Neutral’. The final boards and competition brief to the Power Street Loop Ideas Competition are located at the bottom of the page.
The ‘Driving Neutral’ landscape architecture design competition concept entry provides an interactive arts display that leverages the natural desire of humans to socialise, learn and compete in order to develop communal awareness around the issue of global warming.
It encourages the use of sustainable modes of transport such as walking, cycling and running by rewarding users of the application with points redeemable for carbon neutral electric car share.
The arts display is the foundation for both the display of carbon reduction data and the generation of renewable energy to support the electronic car share scheme.
Transport emissions accounted for 14 per cent of Australia’s total domestic emissions in 2009 at 83 Mt CO2-e (BITRE, 2009).
‘Driving Neutral’ aims to encourage alternative means of transportation as a method to manage the growing congestion on Melbourne’s roads and become carbon neutral.
Since its redevelopment, South Bank has suffered from a lack of street life brought on by vehicle movement, inactive frontages and parking
‘Driving Neutral’ creates an active and vibrant precinct by encouraging street life through activity and technology in an interactive arts display.
Technology continues to grow exponentially; particularly in the areas of smart devices and wearables. eg fitbit, jawbone & nike fuel.
‘Driving Neutral’ aims to harness, support and adapt to these changing trends via the provision of supporting interface applications for users
Electronic Car Share
The proposed redevelopment extends and enriches the Landcare Concept Plan by providing an art display that flows together with the intended planting of natural vegetation.
Growth of sustainable transport users in the area will progressively lead to the addition of modular display units to cater for demand.
Complementary units = greater power generation = ability to supply a greater amount of carbon neutral car shares.
Education and awareness are seen as fundamental means to making considerable progress in emissions reductions throughout the world. ‘Driving Neutral’ uses effective measures to educate and heighten awareness of CO2 emissions.
‘Driving Neutral’ uses gamification to actively engage the community. It leverages the natural desire of humans to socialise, learn, compete and achieve mastery.
‘Driving Neutral’ improves the local environment through the encouragement of different sustainable transport modes; walking, cycling, running and carbon neutral car share. This is intended to correlate with the natural growth on site over time.
This project was undertaken as part of the Power Street Loop Ideas Competition held by the CityLink, in consultation with Landcare Australia, Arts Victoria and Victorian College of Arts.
The project team for ‘Driving Neutral’ consisted of 3D artist and landscape architect, Tom Reynolds, and ESD Engineer, Sian Willmott.
The electronic car share scheme and carbon neutral project was awarded ‘Most Innovative Response to Site’. The carbon neutral project is still to be realised.
If you are interested in discussing the Carbon Neutral Project more, please contact me.
The original brief can be downloaded here.