05.05.2022Three new Future Focus Group projects are taking shape
The 16 participants in the Future Focus Group (FFG) 2022-2023 Program are working in three project teams, who each presented their proposed projects to a Project Review Panel prior to the Easter break. Special thanks to Tim O’Loan of Urbis, Jacqui Savage of MedCorp Technologies (and Board member of the Committee) and Kellie Badge of Forensic Solutions Litigation Support (and FFG Alumni Network Steering Group Chair) for making the time to be on the Panel and sharing their invaluable perspectives.
One of the proposed FFG project investigates how to sustainably contribute to the revitalisation of Melbourne’s CBD through the creation of a local neighbourhood or creative precinct which has a unique identity, diversity and creative production conceived and driven by the community members who live, work and visit the buildings. This long-term revitalisation will, ideally, lead to economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits for Melbourne, its communities and visitors.
Another proposed new FFG project aims to build on the Secret Garden Melbourne Ideas Competition that was just successfully completed by five members of the FFG 2021-2022 Program. Three finalists showcased their ideas to industry leaders at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, with the winner having the opportunity to be mentored by renowned landscape architect, Jack Merlo. The planned second phase aims to confirm project viability before identifying and securing a small space of land for rejuvenation, securing funding to support the development process and enabling the competition winner to co-design and transform the site with Jack.
The third proposed FFG project has the working title of ‘COVIDCapsule – Melbourne’s Lockdown Legacy”. The plan is a platform for Melbourne artists to leverage Melbourne’s cityscape to memorialise the connection, routine, discovery and sacrifices that got Melburnians in and out of the longest lockdown in the world. The potential output is a virtual quilt (digital exhibition) projected onto CBD landmarks that can attract, inspire, connect and uplift.
More details on the new FFG projects – and opportunities for you to get involved from a sponsorship or expertise perspective – will be provided in upcoming editions of Communiqué.