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.

Manifesto

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

Ownership

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

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 00:00
More than 8,000 square metres of land in Wheelers Hill has been give the development green light by Monash City Council. At the turn of December Council chose to endorse an application to develop vacant land at 161-169 Jells Road for a multi-level aged care facility.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.

Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.

Transport & Design

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 00:00
Spring Street has released details of a large shutdown of the Pakenham/Cranbourne and Frankston lines which will allow workers to complete major upgrades to the rail infrastructure. The work is required to allow for the introduction of the new High Capacity Metro Trains (HCMTs) and will involve upgrading power & catenary, signalling and communications equipment in the Dandenong (Pakenham/Cranbourne) corridor.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants.