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Napthine Government planning legacy: what about Residential Zone reform?

If you were awake on Sunday morning, and on Twitter, you might have noticed there was a bit of a buzz about an op-ed published in the Sunday Age written by Professor Michael Buxton. In his 875 word piece Buxton said "Guy's main legacy is reshaping inner Melbourne as a high-rise city" and then went...

Solar Freakin' Roadways

The Street. It's a thoroughfare for pedestrians, cyclists, trams, buses and private vehicles. Footpath to footpath, the surfaces which make up the various zones of any street, road or freeway are generally made of concrete or bitumen. When a foothpath is not in use, or when a street doesn't have...

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Development & Planning

Friday, January 20, 2017 - 00:00
A rush of planning applications either side of the festive break are cumulatively seeking to add to South Melbourne's robust development scene, with four major apartment projects lodged. City of Port Phillip will now assess the respective merits of the fresh applications, along with a handful of other noteworthy towers already at planning that when combined, would provide the popular suburb with thousands of new apartments.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 00:00
On 2 January 2017, it was reported that several popular eateries and bars in Footscray had been vandalised, including the perennially successful 8 Bit Burgers on Droop Street, and Up In Smoke on Hopkins Street. 8 Bit had the warm new year's welcome gift of 14 smashed windows and the words “F**k off hipster scum” spray-painted on their entrance.

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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”.

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Transport & Design

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 12:00
Timber mid-rise buildings are becoming the preferred choice for many stakeholders in Melbourne, due to a combination of factors, including cost-effectiveness, liveability, ease and efficiency of construction. Within the recent National Construction Code change, Deemed-To-Satisfy provisions allow mid-rise timber construction for buildings up to 25 metres “effective height” (typically, eight storeys).