A global report released today has predicted that Melbourne
suburb, YarraBend, will be the World’s Most Liveable Suburb by 2025,
identifying its carefully curated food precinct as a major factor in the
suburb’s liveability score.
The Liveable City Futures report, developed by international
trend forecasters, The Future Laboratory, analyses the current and
future-facing factors impacting urban planning across the world to identify
major trends that will shape the way we live in the future.
The report highlights that food is a key attribute that will
define tomorrow’s most liveable suburbs and cities, impacting the optimisation
of communities in supporting well being.
Chef, Scott Pickett.
Melbourne, a city globally recognised for its food and
produce, will receive a major injection of gastronomy to its thriving foodie
scene with YarraBend’s new artisanal food district, curated by one of
Melbourne’s most renowned Chefs, Scott Pickett, owner of Estelle Bistro, ESP,
Matilda and Saint Crispin.
In what will be the World’s Most Liveable Suburb, YarraBend
will fully integrate food into the foundation of its offering, with 2,000
square metres of new retail space dedicated to cafes, providores, gourmet
grocers, restaurants and bars. The food quarter will also feature an indoor and
alfresco dining space opening onto an expanse of parkland.
Artisan East Eat Street, YarraBend.
Creative Director of YarraBend, Len Warson says that when it
comes to food as leisure time, the correct mix of providers is a key component.
"We have a clear vision for a diverse range of food and
drink experiences and to ensure the mix of providers and dining options on
offer reflects Melbourne’s food status, we’ve appointed Scott Pickett as the
food curator to create this vision,” Mr Warson says.
A local to the northside, Scott Pickett’s move to expand
into an advisory role for an urban project is rare for a chef in Australia.
"YarraBend is shaping the future of living and I wanted to
be a part of crafting the culinary component of this vision,” Mr Pickett says.
"We’re going to create a new foodie precinct and could end
up giving High Street, Northcote a run for its money.”
Access to quality culinary choices is emerging as an
influencing factor in choice of property location. It is expected that
YarraBend’s food district will surpass the current benchmark for this measure
of liveability, with new restaurants and craft beers engaging in a new type of
holistic metric of edible wellbeing.
The Future Laboratory Co-Founder, Martin Raymond says that
food quarters and artisan quarters have become hugely important in defining and
measuring an area’s liveability.
"In Australia, healthy eating and vegan or organic food
offerings are at the top of food trends at the moment,” Mr Raymond explains.
"There has been a behavioural shift towards the
prioritisation of a healthy eating culture as a result of a backlash against
On the horizon, the report highlights that we can expect to
see architecture and food merge in a whole new way in the future, with
biophilic or ‘living’ buildings complete with algae embedded walls that can be
used to feed inhabitants.