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TUCKER TIME // camperdown commons

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My childhood home always had a vegetable garden, fruit trees and even beehives! (kudos to my parents) So I grew up knowing the importance of fresh food and appreciating the process of growing your own crop. Thanks to the resurgence of organic and sustainable living, our generations are going back to this way of life. Unfortunately we’re living closer to the cities where space is limited, so a great alternative that has evolved is the community garden.

Camperdown Commons is an urban hub that gives locals and visitors a place to connect and meet. This green space is like a big backyard for everyone – interactive play areas for kids, spaces to exercise and yoga classes. The real beauty in this development is the working farm on display and the food on offer.

Pocket City Farms have established an ecological farm and they also run workshops so you can learn how to cultivate your own garden. There’s also a community food forest, chicken coop, greenhouse, composting program, vegetables and herb crops. Everything is grown organically and ecologically, and you can even buy direct from the market stall selling the harvest. You can taste the seasonal on-site produce as well as locally sourced food at the Acre Eatery. Otherwise you can enjoy a snack at the Garden Canteen or a coffee from the Container Cafe.

STREETSCAPES // central park

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The redevelopment of Broadway has brought many architectural gems into this once forgotten part of the city. Central Park epitomises this modern change in a breathtaking environment thanks to a massive collaboration between renowned firms. The United Kingdom’s Foster + Partners, Ateliers Jean Nouvel from France worked alongside Australia’s most acclaimed architects including PTW Architects, Johnson Pilton Walker, Tzannes Associates and Tonkin Zulaikaha Greer. The buildings comprise of apartments, offices and a shopping precinct but it’s the way that it’s interspersed with public artwork and weekend markets that creates a community.

The success also lies within the extensive landscaping of parks and terraces as a result of the partnership of talented landscape architects, Sydney’s Turf Design and Jeppe Aagaard Andersen from Copenhagen. The environmental design uses an on-site trigeneration system for power, heating and cooling while rainwater is also captured. This sustainable approach follows through to the green rooftops and solar powered public spaces. With plenty of seating, walking and cycling paths this is a place that not only residents but the entire city can enjoy.

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