Maribyrnong Waterfront encompasses an area of urban renewal on the banks of the Maribyrnong River. Re-zoned from commercial to mixed-use developable lots, the precinct offers the opportunity to re-imagine the areas climate-resilient future. REALMstudios and Alluvium Consulting developed a series of holistically considered contextual scenarios that unlocked the potential of the land to support a growing community, where built form and infrastructure engage with and express the impact of water and climate change.

The strategy not only provides flood safety for users and inhabitants, but habitat for fragile and threatened estuarine ecologies, considered and connected movement networks, additional open space.The outcome of the study was a discussion paper to inform future planning regulations.

Our  response deliberately innovates beyond business as usual and considers infrastructure beyond its base objective, adding co-benefit value to all aspects of the public realm. The proposed blue-green infrastructure considers disparate elements which collectively constitute an urban environment as mutually inclusive and of equal importance, integrating these elements into an outcome which serves the community and the natural environment in equal parts.

 

The discussion paper developed a multi-tiered approach to an integrated outcome, establishing a range of options that navigate and bring together flooding, ecological and social values:

  • Prescribe a tool kit for pluvial and fluvial flood mitigation and water storage
  • Re-connect the Maribyrnong River with a new city narrative and context
  • Increase areas for riparian ecologies to proliferate
  • Identify new open space opportunities
  • Retrofit existing streets for a new urban context
  • Align sustainable transport networks with blue green infrastructure
  • Use defunct infrastructure and heritage buildings as future assets
  • Revitalise the environmental and recreation offering of the Dynon Road Tidal Canal
  • Influence the future urban renewal of the wider Dynon area.