ENVISION research wins award


The research produced through NBRS+PARTNERS’ most recent Envision Student Partnership has been awarded 2nd prize for the Student Competition The 20 Minute City, held by the University of Melbourne in their Festival of Ideas.

The University of Melbourne holds an annual Festival of Ideas in which numerous guest speakers are invited to share their research and ideas on the chosen topic. This year’s topic was The Art and Science of Wellbeing. The University held a student competition in the festival’s lead up, to support The Livable City session on Environment Day.

The 20 Minute City competition required the submission of a short research and design video, produced by students, which explained their proposal for the ideal 20-minute city. NBRS+PARTNERS submitted the 2050 Beyond the Third Workplace  video in which Will Hasko and Veronica Ho describe their vision of a 20-minute, self sustainable node.

Veronica Ho attended the Festival’s Environment Day to represent NBRS+PARTNERS at the screening and award ceremony for the competition. Environment Day held several interesting talks discussing problems and solutions to our current and future environment. These talks included a discussion of a post-carbon world in 2033, a liveable city and the importance of culture in country, place and wellbeing.

Congratulations Veronica & Will on this recognition of your excellent research & design work.

Read the research publication online and get your own copy at nbrsap.com.au/2050btw

Creating a 20-Minute City

Excerpt from Melbourne University Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning article

A very close second prize was awarded to Veronica Ho, University of New South Wales and Will Hasko, University of Sydney for their submission, 2050 Beyond the Third Workplace. Veronica and Will had been considering the workplaces of the the future as part of a student internship with NBRS+PARTNERS and became interested in the idea of 20 minute ‘nodes’ as the ideal make up of cities.

“We looked at the difference between Separate Use Zoning and Form Based Zoning, and how a future of Activity Based Living could bring us back to 20-minute cities,” Veronica said. “We believe that Activity Based Living promotes a greater level of adaptability within 20 minute neighbourhood nodes.”

The judging panel was led by Alan Pert, Director of Melbourne School of Design.

“Both 1st place and second place submissions capture the idea of the 20minute city in a graphically engaging way and the quality of both submissions is of a very high standard,” Alan said. “The films have brought to life ideas that have been discussed by planners and politicians over recent years as the City of Melbourne considers a 30 year plan for sustainable urban growth. Both shortlisted films are great examples of the way in which policy documents could be transformed through film to communicate ideas that will shape the future of our towns and cities and ultimately impact on the communities in and around Melbourne.”

Read more: abp.unimelb.edu.au/news/creating-a-20-minute-city


NBRS+PARTNERS is a people focused, research based studio that aims to enrich lives. By developing creative design partnerships our portfolio spanning public and private sectors exhibit an understanding of the people whose lives will be affected. Above all NBRS seeks to design environments that will have positive life changing affect. Architecture is the cornerstone of NBRS+PARTNERS global interdisciplinary design practice with expertise in Architecture, Heritage, Interiors, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, ESD and Research. Since 1968, NBRS has developed a research led international architecture practice based in Sydney Australia. NBRS is recognised for its innovative, award-winning design excellence and comprehensive expertise. Our design-minded, 50 strong team’s unique focus on creative partnerships helps to realise solutions, with extraordinary results.

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