code mdw 20
project climate responsive design
type urban research
size 272 ha
funding 10,000 AUD
host/organiser melbourne design week 2020
exhibition venue city library gallery
collaborators monash uni, crcwsc, city of melbourne
location melbourne
year 2020/21
status completed



The Melbourne Cool Lines! research aimed at demonstrating urban design’s capacity to integrate climatic solutions to mitigate the urban heat island (UHI) effect. The urban adaptation proposal spanned across North and West Melbourne’s post-industrial regeneration areas. It developed a proposition, how to integrate green and blue infrastructures within the existing urban fabric, while complementing existing pedestrian spaces and routes into a continuous urban network. This network of climate-sensitive interventions envisioned a future scenario that integrates architectural, landscaped and urbanistic elements to form a thriving urban socio-ecology. Conceived to maximise natural ventilation, evaporative cooling and shading, the interventions proposed to house a diversity of programs responding to the adjacent neighbourhood’s needs.


Proposals for these interventions aimed to forge thermally comfortable pedestrian and bike circulation routes through the public realm, joining existing fragmented public space. Their design complements the existing ‘cool’ laneway system of the CBD, providing a vital connection between the city and the densifying north-west - a strategic transformation area transacted by commuter and leisure trails.


Curators: Maud Cassaignau and Markus Jung (XPACE + Monash University)
Team: Kristen Lynne Levey, George Mellos, Seray-Nur Onal, Sumari Smith, Duy Phan.

External Advisers: Peter Breen (e2designLab), Candace Jordan (City of Melbourne), Eduardo Kairuz and Jordan Kauffman (Monash University), Luca Lana (Q_studio), Alban Mannisi (SCAPETHICAL), Kerry Nice (The University of Melbourne), Jianbin Wang and Tony Wong (CRCWSC)


Design Studio Leaders: Maud Cassaignau and Markus Jung (Monash Uni, 2019)

Master of Arch students: Nazmir Alovic, Paige Carr, Matthew Christy, Ronald Chu, Kristen Lynne Levey, Mingzhu Lu, Briony Mckenzie, George Mellos, Kevissen Mooroogen, Wita Narezwarl, Seray-Nur Onal, Quang Duy Phan, Kristina Stephanou, Tjange Wu.

Bachelor of Arch students: Carol Bate, Harrison Capper, Jiaqi Chen, Liyun Chen, Juan Hu, Seyed Pegah, Arran Roxburgh, Brahn Smillie-Fearn, Sumari Smith, Lucas Stevens, Jonathan Tjandra, Katrina Tongson, Max Vulcan, Anqi Wang, Haoran Yuan, Jin Zhong.


proposed cool line network and projects
exhibition concept, axonometry
the journal café and wall projection
strategic plan, watercolour
melbourne cool lines drone flyover
opening night, melbourne design week 2020
opening night, melbourne design week 2020