Dr Zoe Myers is a researcher and lecturer at the Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC) at the University of Western Australia, where she contributes to state and local research and design projects, and teaches in the Master in Urban Design. Zoe holds a PhD in Australian History, and has experience spanning policy, project management, strategic communications, and web design. Her current interests are the design of ecologically regenerative and creative urban spaces, and ensuring urban design research has genuine social impact.
Lot sizes and backyards are shrinking in Australia at the same time as building density is increasing. So we cannot afford to overlook the potential of existing – but neglected – spaces in our suburbs, like drains.