About Urban Melbourne

Urban Melbourne is an independent source of medium and high density urban projects in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victorian cities.

Urban Melbourne fills a void - through its public and open project database - that has existed since the late 1990s when Melbourne super-charged its urban redevelopment precincts and we aim to continue to illustrate to the doubtful, nay-sayers and anti-urban development sections of the community that "medium and high-density" does not mean 100 level skyscrapers next to single level established houses and the terms are as diverse as the city's population itself.

Our passion is to shine a spotlight on all the developers, architects, builders and the community at large that are actively engaged in and support Melbourne and Victoria's future growth needs through urban, rather than suburban, principles and development.

We invite everyday Victorians, those from interstate and overseas; members of academic, political, property development, architecture and planning communities to participate in an open and constructive way to project an image of the urban future of Melbourne and Victoria.


Cities are the foundation on which modern society comes together to share, develop and exploit ideas for the betterment of everyone. Humans and the built environment are in a never ending symbiotic relationship with each other in the great cities of the world and Urban Melbourne seeks to create a content rich meeting place for the wider Melbourne community and Urban development industry stakeholders – developers, architects, urban planners, sales agents – to come together and discuss, critique, admire and ultimately project an image of how they wish to see their city grow in the future.

Our city's motto - Vires acquirit eundo - specifically states we gather strength as we go, and to go, or more contextually relevant grow, we must do so sensibly and sustainably around a framework of core urban, rather than suburban, principles that drive growth into areas which maximise the usage of existing land based in suitable urban corridors.

We encourage all Melburnians and those from farther afield to participate in the comment threads on various news and opinion pieces, project pages and especially in our community forum because when the community's vision can be clearly understood, developed and executed, we will, together, grow a better, grander and more prosperous city for future generations.

We want community and industry readers alike to think of Urban Melbourne as an independent news and editorial platform and an urban development information aggregation service performing functions for the community. Whether you're a resident seeking information on a development application in your local area, an architecture admirer, an engaged community member seeking to have your say on Melbourne's future, looking for sales information on your next Melbourne dwelling purchase or just interested in what makes Melbourne's built environment tick, Urban Melbourne is here to serve you.

Urban vs. Suburban

Simply put, Urban Melbourne is about:

... the urban small

Image © Rothe Lowman

and the urban tall.

Image © Elenberg Fraser

Maximising the effective use of this...

Image © sydney-australia.biz

... in order to minimise this.

Continued auto-centric transportation expansion - image credit Wikipedia

It's about retrofitting appropriate suburban areas... so we don't have to keep doing this.

Right image courtesy news.com.au


Urban Melbourne is owned and managed by Alamar AV Communications Pty Ltd (ABN: 45 160 824 215) which in turn is majority owned by Alamar AV Holdings Pty Ltd - a company jointly-owned by Alamar AV Communications Pty Ltd directors Alastair Taylor and Mark Baljak.

All members of Alamar AV Communications Pty Ltd have no direct interest in any development corporation, industry or architecture firm or public sector authority other than the combined interest in seeing our city grow through sustainable urban principles.

Development & Planning

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 07:36
Melbourne based developer Goldfields has recently launched two premium apartment developments; Patch and 525 High Street. . Located at 243 Queens Parade in Fitzroy North, Patch is a 12-storey building comprises 83 one, two and three-bedroom apartments, a communal terrace on level eight and ground floor retail space. The communal...

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 14:30
On Monday 24th of October, the iCities: World Class CBDs series conference kicks off. First held in Kuala Lumpur, this year's conference is to be held at the Langham Hotel on Southbank. iCities is owned and operated by iProperty Group, a network property under the REA Group umbrella brand. Over...

Visual Melbourne

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 17:00
Melbourne’s architectural landscape is a wonderful juxtaposition of modern and Victorian architecture. Although the CBD has been peppered with many skyscrapers, its historical structures have won Melbourne the title of “Australia’s most European city”. Perhaps the most striking example of this juxtaposition between old and new is the Coops Shot...

Transport & Design

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 07:00
108 Leicester Street is a collection of eight multi-level Fitzroy townhouses that have been designed to respond to the changing face of multi-residential living in Melbourne. The hybrid inner-city dwellings combine developer/builder FOURSQ with Melbourne firm BKK Architects. The design acknowledges the housing typologies of the development's Fitzroy neighbourhood with...

Sustainability & Environment

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 00:00
The proposed new Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM) on Sturt Street is shaping to become much more than a cutting edge venue. While the project has been given coverage to date across a range of mediums, very little has been said regarding the project playing an integral part in the...