03 February 2011

Christie Walk - A Piece of Ecocity

Sourced from Change Media

I am very proud to have had a long association with Urban Ecology Australia and the hundreds of volunteers who contributed thousands and thousands of hours of work to realise this piece of ecocity.

Site tours of Christie Walk are held on the third Sunday of each month at 11am, 105 Sturt Street, Adelaide; cost $18 ($15 member/concession/child); booking essential, phone UEA on (08) 8212 6760

CHALLENGE: Change Media worked with members of the Christie Walk eco-housing project and Urban Ecology Australia to document and produce an exceptional resource about Christie Walk as an example of sustainable urban development.

Over four days Change Media delivered training in digital media and created two inspiring documentaries about one of the only inner-city eco-housing projects in the world.


During the production in Adelaide’s CBD members of the Christie Walk community, alongside experts from Urban Ecology Australia involved in creating Christie Walk, shared their insights into sustainability, biodiversity and community living, and learned skills in film narrative, conducted interviews and took part in the editing.

The result is an inspiring educational resource about one of Australia’s leading eco-housing initiatives.

The project was an overwhelming success. The team collected over 15 hours of fantastic footage, photos and interviews, and together with the community decided to make two different films instead of one: a 10 minute promotional short documentary and a 35-min educational documentary following two resident hosts on their guided visitor-tour through the project as they guide a tour group through the project.

Besides taking part in the production, the workshop participants learned skills in media literacy, production management, screen language and visual representation of ecological issues. The educational sustainability resource DVD featuring both films will be available in January 2011 in our online shop and at Urban Ecology Australia.


An official launch is planned for February 2011, please contact Urban Ecology Australia for further details.

You can purchase the documentary together with the 35min guided tour on DVD in Change Media's online shop and at Urban Ecology Australia.


The production process was a lot of fun and our team felt instantly at home at Christie Walk. Working through a host of issues and talking points to be addressed in the documentary, the team decided to document one of the Christie Walk guided tours. The resulting 35 minute documentary offers a great insight into sustainable inner-city living, covering issues of biodiversity, design, eco-building and community development, including a look into one of Adelaide’s first strawbale houses, the advantages of building with Hebel blocks and double-glazed windows, as well as clever garden design and careful recycling practice.


Arts SA Partnerships for Healthy Communities; Urban Ecology Australia; Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board; CSR Hebel; Tallstoreez Productionz

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