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Address to City of Melbourne Submissions Committee - opposing local law changes that seek to punish the homelessness

Further to last month’s post on our submission to the City of Melbourne, outlining our opposition to the proposed amendments to the Activities (Public Amenity and Security) Local Law 2017 which we believe would adversely impact on people experiencing homelessness, two of our volunteers, Lara and Steve, represented Architects for Peace to address the Submissions Committee on 6 April.  More than 40 individuals and organisations chose to be heard in front of the committee, and each and every speaker rose to condemn the proposed amendments.  Many people with personal observations and experiences of homelessness expressed that council policy has already had a detrimental effect on their sense of belonging and self-esteem.  Many also expressed frustration with council’s procedure, which has bypassed and alienated established homelessness advisory bodies.

Committee resolutions included a call on management to commission a Human Rights Charter - Assessment of Compatibility into the proposed changes, along with a resolution to adjourn the meeting until 24 May to consider the volume of verbal and written submissions.  Further information, including an audio recording of the meeting, is available on the City of Melbourne website.


Design for all? Quality affordable housing and the right to the city

On 23 March 2017, Architects for Peace joined the Melbourne Design Week (MDW) conversation by hosting a discussion forum, Design for all?  Quality affordable housing and the right to the city, to explore the challenges and opportunities for delivering well-designed housing that enhanced the right to the city for all.  A panel of five speakers from design and non-design backgrounds presented their personal views, before taking questions from the audience.  The presentation and discussion all pointed to the fact that inequality and unaffordability of housing in Melbourne is on the rise, although the panellists were hopeful about future change and that a range of potential solutions were identified.  Whilst many ideas discussed were design focused, and it can be agreed that design does play an important role in ensuring affordable and accessible housing in our cities, the panellists recognised that a 'whole systems approach' is the best way forward.




Defending the right to public space: Architects for Peace opposes local law changes that seek to punish homelessness

In response to the City of Melbourne’s proposed amendments to the Activities (Public Amenity and Security) Local Law 2017, we made a submission, outlining our opposition to the changes. Not only would the proposed changes deny people experiencing homelessness their rightful access to public places, it would also allow for the confiscation and impoundment (a $338 fine!) of their belongings. We view these changes as effectively criminalising homelessness and in violation of human rights, in particular, the right to be protected from cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. We’re not alone in our opposition: the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing, Leilani Farha, has also condemned the amendments. You can read our submission here.

Representatives from Architects for Peace will present our viewpoint to a City Council Committee on Thursday 30 March 2017 in the Melbourne Town Hall. We’ll keep you posted on the results. #nohomelessban.

Image credit: EvoLens


Design for all? Affordable Housing & the right to the city

In a housing climate dominated by skyrocketing property values, how much do we really value design? Amid the frenzied discussion of affordability, monetary value tends to steal the limelight, with other kinds of value easily sidelined. Can the design of individual housing projects contribute to a better-built, community-driven and fairer city? Or is the real design question a much bigger one, for which we need to look system-wide?

Architects For Peace invites you to our first event of our Talks Series 2017, to join us and a panel of speakers to discuss challenges and opportunities for delivering well-designed housing, while enhancing the right to the city - for all.

Guest Speakers:
Rob McGauran, Founding Director MGS Architects
Dr. Andrea Sharam, School of Property, Construction and Property Management RMIT
Professor Tony Dalton, Centre for Urban Research RMIT
Kate McMahon, Co-Founder Hello City
Kate Raynor, Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Transforming Housing, The university of Melbourne

Thu. 23 March 2017
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm 
Drill hall, 26 Therry St, Melbourne VIC 3004
This event is part of the Melbourne design week.
Melbourne Design Week is an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.
Architects for Peace Talks Series 2017 is sponsored by the City of Melbourne
Architects for Peace is sponsored by ArchiTeam.

Talks Series 2017 Sponsor             A4P Sponsor       




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Media and Communications Coordinator (volunteer position - part-time)

A unique volunteer opportunity exists within Architects for Peace for a Media and Communications Coordinator to join our Melbourne team. The role is fundamentally accountable for maintaining the organization's communication streams, including preparation and distribution of written content, liaison with key media contacts, managing social media platforms and, ensuring the organization's projects and events are effectively communicated to our global community of more than 25,000 followers.

Highly valued personal and professional qualities would see you as being energetic, showing maturity and experience in communicating important social justice and built environment issues and, possessing skills to build strong relationships.


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Architects for Peace is a volunteer run, not for profit incorporated organisation made up of planners, architects, urban designers, landscape architects, engineers, environmentalists and artists and, aims to provide an alternative forum for debating political, environmental and social issues in the professional urban context. In Melbourne we are a small and friendly team of students and professionals of diverse backgrounds and experience.