Eco Cubby Participant at the 2013 Royal Melbourne Show - image by Pamela Reid.


In 2013 Regional Arts Victoria proudly partnered with the City of Melbourne to create the Eco-Cubby project, with Kelly Boucher as Project Coordinator.

This innovative project placed children right in the centre of their learning about sustainable design. All across the state, architects and designers worked with schools and communities to explore concepts of sustainability through a hands-on making process.

The Eco-Cubby Book is a showcase and a celebration of the project to date, and is available to order online.

About the program

Schools and communities worked with a local architect/designer and a Project Coordinator in the development of an Eco-Cubby project for their community. Each project was unique, but all focused on the process, identification and understanding of issues raised through the development of a sustainable living environment.

Documentation of the thought and design process, along with Eco-Cubby scale models, was exhibited each year, including at the Sustainable Living Festival (Melbourne) and other locations across Victoria. These exhibitions offered the chance for participants’ outcomes to inform other children about sustainable living principles.

This program initiative was an exciting opportunity for young people to explore sustainable living, not only through discussion, but also in design and model building. It was the first time the City of Melbourne and Regional Arts Victoria have engaged with architects/designers to work directly with young people, and offered communities across the State the chance to work together and share their Eco-Cubby ideas.