Shadeways: cool routes through hot cities

About This Project

Minta is a flagship greenfield estate for Stockland, and a key development for the City of Casey, who have a vision to create Australia’s most liveable and smart city. Mosaic Insights, Alluvium and the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University developed a ‘Shadeway’ to create a densely forested connection along the spine of the development.

The Shadeway will allow residents to move along a cool, shaded route that links through the development. A dense urban forest will shade a shared pathway, and be irrigated using a novel passive irrigation system that transfers roofwater to underground permeable storage zones that are designed to supply the specific water demands of the selected trees. The forest will grow faster, provide more shade earlier in the development, be resilient to dry periods and provide a point of difference for potential house buyers.

We are partnering with the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University on an ARC Linkage research grant that will generate a range of applied research outcomes that will advance blue/green infrastructure and cool city strategies, including:

• An increased understanding of the links between strategies to cool cities such as shading and improved water management, species selection and social outcomes.

• A leading case study of point to point transportation solutions enabling the effective, comfortable and efficient movement of people through arterial active transport routes.

• New understandings on the economic and liveability benefits of shade