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The Princess Mary Club comes full circle

It is so much easier to knock a building down than it is to build one. Building is a long and involved process of dreaming, planning, scheming, and the wonderfully gritty bit that is actually constructing a physical manifestation of these things, while getting rid of a building sometimes takes no more than a bit of paperwork, some heavy machinery, and the stroke of a pen. The Princess Mary Club, a lovely but ageing 91-year old gothic style four-...

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...

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Development & Planning

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 07:00
The development of a 13-storey apartment building as part of a larger site development at Ormond Station to be called Ormond Place can proceed following approval from Planning Minister Richard Wynne.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 00:00
Toorak Park is the outcome of a decade of development overtones for an expansive and formerly underutilised site abutting Toorak Station. Few projects across Melbourne are larger in terms of site size, with developer Lendlease over recent months applying the finishing touches to 446 apartments and 18 townhouses across a host of buildings.

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.

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Transport & Design

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 12:00
First mooted early last year, the long awaited facelift to Rebecca Walk looks set to proceed following a call out for "40 energetic street food traders" back in January of this year and planning approvals. New plans were conceived for the largely empty row of pods which occupy the under croft of the Flinders St Viaduct adjacent to Batman Park on the CBD's Northbank.

Sustainability & Environment

Monday, September 4, 2017 - 12:00
The recent BDAV Building Design Awards once more showcased the talents and expertise of Victoria's building designers. 2017 was the 22nd year of the BDAV Design Awards, which aims to "profile excellence in building design, as well as profiling the importance of the building design profession to both the building industry and to the broader community." One project that ticked the boxes was Green Edge.