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Hipsters join the westside tribe

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. Meanwhile, another popular coffee haunt, Rudimentary, had rotten meat thrown into their premises. The...

Assemble Papers and Open House present the Brutalist Block Party

A new cultural program launching in Melbourne this week seeks to raise awareness and celebrate one of architecture’s most derided and misunderstood movements - Brutalism. Running from May 6 – 29, Brutalist Block Party is a series of workshops, talks, dining events and social situations which seeks to activate a concrete-fronted warehouse located at 122 Roseneath Street, Clifton Hill. The event series is presented by Assemble Papers and Open...

DADo Film Society launches its programme for 2016

DADo (Design | Architecture | Docos), the film society of the Robin Boyd Foundation, has announced its 2016 season launching next Wednesday the 20th of April. The society is dedicated to the screening of documentaries + films on architecture, design + urbanism. The 2016 program celebrates three partnerships with some of Melbourne’s keenest advocates of good design in Open House Melbourne, Assemble Papers and Open Journal. Session 3 builds upon...

Calcutta is here... in Bentleigh!

This is as much an article about the reactions of residents located within areas earmarked for higher density living, as it is the robust shift that areas of Bentleigh is currently subject to in terms of higher density living. The article heading references the very capable Glen Eira Debates blog which casts a comprehensive net of higher density development within City of Glen Eira, albeit in a generally negative context. The multiple references...

Delving into the mind of a NIMBY

Urban Melbourne recently came across an article published on Inheritance , a blog devoted to deriding all things development. Listed under the news section, the article provides insights into how and why individuals and communities maintain a certain disdain for urban regeneration and by default higher density living. Published earlier during 2015, here are some of the dot points taken from the article titled 20 REASONS I HATE ‘URBAN RENEWAL'...

Vires Acquirit Eundo: Melbourne 180

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,...

Bunjil Place a boon for Melbourne's south east

I tend to think Melbourne's outer suburbs are bereft of any great substance, in fact they should be avoided where possible… it's one of the reasons why Urban Melbourne came to be and why we champion higher density living closer to the city's heart. There are of course exceptions to the rule, and today's exception is a momentous one at that. A construction tender is now open for Bunjil Place, City of Casey's initiative to create "A unique...

Parlour: the next step

Following on from the success of Urban Creative's Kickstarter campaign ( Homes for Homeless Youth ), Urban Melbourne would like to draw attention to another notable crowd funding campaign: Parlour's 'The Next Step' via Pozible . A strong proponent and advocate for equity within the architecture industry and the adoption of improved practices within the profession, Parlour needs support to continue to push ahead with their research, as well as...

Queen Victoria Market considered for national heritage listing

It seems almost counterintuitive that a venue slated for inclusion on Australia’s National Heritage List is due for a mass redevelopment. That's the case though with last week's announcement that Queen Victoria Market (QVM) is to be nominated by Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt for the prestigious inclusion. The announcement was music to the ears of Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, who has become the public face of QVM's forthcoming...

The next chapter in the State Library of Victoria's long lifetime

It's a prime CBD site that has been under constant redevelopment ever since the 1850s and this decade is set to be no different. The Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley, announced in the last week of April that the State Library of Victoria (SLV) will receive $55.4 million dollars in the upcoming State Budget which will see a further 1,000 square metres of public-use space opened up. The Library is also set to receive a further $28...

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Development & Planning

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 06:00
Although applications for substantially tall apartment towers have eased over recent times within City of Stonnington, two current development applications across Prahran and South Yarra represent the next sling of smaller sized towers for the municipality. A 14 storey apartment building at 10-16 Cecil Place is being sought by Bensons Property Group.

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.

Visual Melbourne

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 07:00
Once again Melbourne has turned it on for the spectacular cultural juggernaut that is White Night. A crowd of around 600,000 took part in the all night festival of projections, performances, artworks and installations. Stealing the show again this year was the extraordinary projections upon the Royal Exhibition Building.

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Transport & Design

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 12:00
The Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, this morning announced the preferred design option for removing level crossings in Cheltenham and Mentone would include sinking the rail lines under existing road grades and rebuilding both stations in respective trenches. The level crossings on Frankston line to go are Park Road and Charman Road in Cheltenham and Balcombe Road in Mentone.

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).