Distributed Systems: A design model for sustainable and resilient infrastructure.

Workshops involving policy officers from across the Victorian Government were held in early 2007 to identify priority areas for eco-innovation in Victoria. A key theme arising from these workshops was concern about the sustainability and security of energy, water and food systems in Victoria given the challenges and responses to climate change. In a series of subsequent workshops and design research projects, the concept of distributed systems has been critical for the modelling of new sustainable systems and the visualisation of aspects of sustainable Melbourne in the year 2032. This briefing paper forms part of a communication process about current global research and practical projects on distributed systems, leading up to an international conference to be held in Melbourne in 2011.