CityStudio to make Bendigo more liveable

Three La Trobe international students, from Bendigo and Melbourne campuses, have completed a highly innovative project never before run outside of North America.

As part of the CityStudio subject, students from a range of disciplines combined their skills to “reimagine the Bendigo Creek” – essentially coming up with ideas that Council and the community will consider, to make the creek a “vibrant and sustainable public space”.

Developed in partnership with the City of Greater Bendigo and CityStudio Vancouver – an immersive learning and innovation hub based in Canada – the subject ran for five intensive weeks and culminated in a public presentation in Bendigo on Friday 20 July.

Of those taking part in the program, three are international students – Bendigo planning students Tejas Deshmukh and Hanqi Chen, as well as Bundoora International Relations student, Ure Javkhlan.

Tejas, who is originally from India, says the best part about the program was working with students from a wide range of disciplines, as well as practitioners from Council.

Being a planning student it is very important to meet people from planning departments, and experience how things work in government organisations. It was great to work with students from a wide range of backgrounds too – not just from different disciplines, but different ethnic backgrounds too. We formed a really good team.”

After the public presentations, Tejas’ team were approached by both Dja Dja Wurrung and the Bendigo Bank, who were both interested in following up on their ideas.

Congratulations to our students for their innovative ideas and excellent performance on their project!

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