Friday, May 28, 2010

Roundabouts can be beautiful

I love this roundabout at the corner of Esplanade East and Bridge St, Port Melbourne. The trunks of the trees pick up a pinkish tinge at sunset.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Serious about signs

photo Rachel Powning

I have come to see that this whole blog could be devoted to signs: especially signs about dogs. How about this example from Hong Kong!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Faith in signs

photo Bruce Parnell

One of the most frequent solutions proposed by residents to a problematic issue is to 'put up a sign'. People have great faith in signs to resolve problems. Here is an example of that misplaced optimism.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Thought of the day

Balaclava Station did not get funding in the state budget for an upgrade, but what it has got is the person who posts a 'thought of the day' at the station each day. Today's was not the 'thought' that most appealed to me, but I love that it happens at all.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Combining two great interests: casaurinas and water sensitive urban design

I love this stand of casaurina trees in a carpark in Frankston - a fine demonstration of water sensitive urban design [wsud] This approach treats stormwater runoff before it makes its way to Port Phillip Bay.
Members of the Tree Reference Group at the City of Port Phillip said they would like to see more examples of different configurations of trees, rather than a 'staple gun' approach, and I thought this was a great example.

Keeping warm outside

Port Phillip Council is reviewing its kerbside trading guidelines. The guidelines discourage the use of outdoor gas heaters. Fairfield Boathouse offers throws to customers. I had heard about this practice in Copenhagen, but it is the first example I have seen in Melbourne. I would like to see this trend take off in Port Phillip.