What is Eco-Cubby?


Photo by Devika Bilimoria

The Eco-Cubby project aims to raise awareness of sustainability issues through design thinking, bringing both to the forefront of young minds and imaginations throughout our communities. Children of all ages are encouraged to work with their families, friends and the community in developing their vision of a cubby-house embracing concepts of sustainable living: function, material, shelter, enclosure, and resources.

The themes and concepts behind the project encourage children to take action to ensure the health of their environment. Our tools and resources are designed to provide an interactive educational experience with cross-curricular outcomes in: numeracy; literacy; design, creativity and technology; civics and citizenship; personal learning; interpersonal development; thinking; the arts; humanities; and information communication technology.

Eco-Cubby can be experienced in a range of different ways, big and small!

  • At home with your family and friends

    Simply download some of the activity sheets on this website and start building your very own Eco-Cubby at home!
  • In the classroom

    Select from the range of tools, learning experiences and stories available on this website and work through them with your students.Schools are encouraged to partner with an architect or designer to expand the learning experience to another level. The outcomes can range in scale and scope, from developing a small-scale Eco-Cubby design concept to designing and creating the school’s very own life-size, real-life Eco-Cubby!For inspiration, visit our Eco-Cubby Gallery for past examples of school Eco-Cubby experiences!
  • With your community

    Work with young people in your local community group and use either the teaching or family resources on this website to embark on your very own community driven Eco-Cubby adventure!


Where did Eco-Cubby come from?


Eco-Cubby was originally developed as a workshop program for children that placed architects and designers in schools and communities to promote the concept of sustainable design.

Schools and communities worked with a local architect or designer and 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, have been exhibited each year, including at the Sustainable Living Festival (Melbourne) and other locations across Victoria. Large scale Eco-Cubby installations have also been very popular activities at the Regional Victoria Living Expo and The Royal Melbourne Show throughout 2012 and 2013. These exhibitions and installations offer the chance for participants to share and explore their awareness about sustainable living principles.

This program initiative presents an exciting opportunity for young people to explore sustainable living, not only through discussion, but also through design and model building. Initiated by Regional Arts Victoria with the City of Melbourne, the project has engaged with architects and designers to work directly with young people, and offered communities across the state the chance to work together and share their Eco-Cubby ideas.