Melbourne has been voted regularly as the Most Livable City in the World. It is not surprising: the city has a high standard of living and serves as a great example of successful urban planning. I made this photomontage using images I took when visiting Melbourne.
The theme is about what makes Melbourne a sustainable, culturally diverse and ecologically sound city. Photos show: contemporary, high rise buildings side-by-side with old buildings restored and refurbished not only for the sake of historic preservation but also as functional spaces for government use or as tourism landmarks; diverse transportation system, all the while encouraging people to commute by bicycle; plenty of beautiful, well-maintained parks and gardens in and around the city central, preventing the formation of heat islands; efficient waterways that are relatively clean and enhance views of the city; sculptural facilities (such as lamp posts) that could pass as modern art and are both aesthetically pleasing and functional; animals (such as birds) coexisting with people, for urban life that is not just friendly to humans but also wildlife; buildings with plenty of skylights, rain-harvesting systems and other energy-efficient built environment features.
The entire city is like a large urban oasis, where form goes hand-in-hand with function. Add to that super friendly, helpful, very likable residents and boom! One of the best places to live on Earth. Looking forward to visiting there again!
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