Session: Sustainability Tools

Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures Stream


Day 1, Parallel Session 1C: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Location: Storey Hall (Building 16) – Main Auditorium, Level 5, Room 1

Chair: Matthew Healey (University of Melbourne)


Nina Woods The Development of a Toolkit for Sustainable Natural Resource Management Monitoring and Evaluation: A Case Study of the Condamine Alliance, Australia

  • Presenter and main author: Nina Woods (Condamine Alliance)
  • Abstract: Monitoring and evaluation is an essential component of sustainable environmental management practice.  The only way to deliver relevant, functional and long-lasting solutions to natural resource management (NRM) issues is to systematically monitor and assess operational performance in order to determine what improvements can be made toward desired outcomes and outputs. Monitoring and evaluation data can be used to inform strategic planning, investment and policy-making decisions.  It can influence funding support, promote or inhibit collaborative processes, involvement of interest groups and support from advocacy groups or sponsors. It can be used to justify truths and address criticisms, and assess and refine efforts to institutionalise grass-root movements. However, difficulties encountered in the operability of monitoring and evaluation methods, tools and models, such as limitations in resources, knowledge, and organisational support, often hinder effective monitoring and assessment and subsequently the realisation of successful and sustainable outcomes. This presentation examines monitoring and evaluation methods and tools particularly useful to not-for-profit NRM organisations and provides an overview of how these tools can be easily adapted and applied in a NRM context. The development of a monitoring and evaluation toolkit is presented, drawing from a number of project case studies taken from the Condamine Alliance, Australia.
  • Co-author: Lucy Richardson (Condamine Alliance)
  • About the presenter: Nina has built a background in environmental management and freshwater science through her work, studies and travels in Australia and South Africa. Currently, she is the Principal Project Officer for Science with the Condamine Alliance catchment management group, Queensland. In her role at Condamine Alliance, she focuses on the generation, sharing and utilisation of natural resource management knowledge for improved decision making.  Nina is passionate about initiatives that help promote catchment health, cultural and natural heritage conservation and sustainable natural resource development.
Andrew Hutcheon The 3D Blueprint: 3D Printing and ‘Makers’ in the Urban Setting

  • Presenter and main author: Andrew Hutcheon (Murdoch University)
  • Abstract: 3D Printing – a process where filament is added to, not removed from, an object – is a hot commodity in manufacturing. As seen in the work of Morgante, Ruijssenaars and Dini, 3D Printed architecture is emerging to push the boundary of form while promoting new techniques in building. Meanwhile, 3D Printing is already possible in the home at prices normally associated with personal computers, and Gershenfeld hints at the possibilities in domestic space when he points out it may be cheaper, in the near future, to buy a 3D Printer and print your furniture than it will be to buy from Ikea. The ‘Maker’ community is the vanguard of this proliferation of 3D Printing and are a distinct social group centred on DIY practice. This presentation focuses on what the Makers’ bottom-up ‘do-ocracy’ combined with cutting edge fabrication techniques might mean for urban environments. I assert that Rudofsky’s terms for pre-formal architecture – non-pedigree, vernacular, anonymous – deserve renewed attention in the face of the burgeoning Maker scene and the capabilities they bring to urban centres. I will survey different aspects of this phenomenon to put forward possible visions of what this future might mean for urban design and sustainability.
  • About the presenter: Andrew is a PhD candidate at Murdoch University. As a native of Perth, Western Australia, Andrew arrived at his PhD candidacy via a route including landscaping, warehousing, magazine editing, graphic design, sports administration and retail. His previous work experience influences his research interest, which lies in a broad, interdisciplinary analysis of everyday life and environments. Andrew’s forthcoming dissertation is entitled ‘Meet Your Makers: DIY in the 21st Century’.