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Vale Melburnist's Braindump @ Blogger

Before Urban Melbourne, there was Melburnist's Braindump on Blogger.

I was extremely late coming to the blogging scene - after 10+ years on Skyscraper City - I [finally] decided to just go it on my own and put something on my own domain in the vein hope that someone would care [insert chortle sound here]. I can't even remember the amount of views I got - paltry if I remember correctly - but it wasn't long until I thought: hold on a minute, there's more to this.

After going through the widget set in Blogger I thought there's got to be a better way to add different functionality to the blog. It wasn't long until I discovered Drupal (the CMS which runs this site) and furthermore doing what business/test analysts do - explore and play with new technologies - I realised there's actually much more than can be achieved on a CMS like Drupal than through a lonesome blog.

It's only now that I've actually paid attention to creating blogs on Urban Melbourne. We actually want to keep the existing six main page article categories on the straight and narrow and I want the Urban Melbourne blogs to become a place where myself and co-editor/director Mark can invite people who've shown a passionate interest in our city, its future development and those who have an interesting perspective on living here to blog about everything they like and dislike.

Me? I have many thoughts during the day and I'll pretty much use this blog as a space to record it.

Development & Planning

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:00
The swirl of development activity in Footscray has found another gear as new projects are submitted for approval, or are on the verge of beginning construction. Two separate planning applications have been advertised by Maribyrnong City Council; their subsequent addition to the Urban Melbourne Project Database has seen the overall number of apartment developments within Footscray in development swell to 40.

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.

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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

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 11:00
Infrastructure Victoria unveiled a new round of research into its larger programme of work dealing with managing transport demand. The authority contracted Arup and KPMG to produce the Melbourne Activity Based Model (MABM) and while it is new, it is considered fit for purpose in the strategic context.

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.