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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...

Landmark poll of apartment dwellers' views revealed

In what is billed as a first, Urban Taskforce Australia has released the results of a poll it commissioned specifically targeting the views of apartment dwellers in the city it calls home, Sydney. The timing of the poll could not be more pertinent with New South Wales heading to the polls at the end of March and perhaps more importantly with a "Battlelines" Prime Minister in the Lodge, the message from the poll is that people who choose urban...

Queen Vic set to become the 'market of markets'

Yesterday marked another step in the long road to gaining a revamped Queen Victoria Market. The third stage of community engagement regarding the redevelopment has commenced, which coincides with the release of the Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal Draft Master Plan . The Draft Master Plan follows a period of consultation in which the community and those with vested interests in the market utilised the opportunity to inform Melbourne City...

Melbourne's Architectural Summer

Over the summer months, Melbourne has been a treasure chest of extraordinary architectural experiences. In case you missed them over the break, here is a three pack of summer specials. MPavilion, by Sean Godsell Situated in within one of Melbourne’s much celebrated public gardens, the MPavilion was an activity hub for discussions, performances and of course, coffee consumption. The MPavilion, designed by Architect Sean Godsell, is very much in...

The Outer Circle documentary - review

The recently released pozible campaign-funded documentary - The Outer Circle: Melbourne's forgotten railway - tells the story of a late 19th century rail line that was built at a time when railway mania was rife across the colony of Victoria. The Outer Circle was initially proposed as a way of connecting the Gippsland rail line, which terminated at present-day Oakleigh in 1872, to Melbourne. In 1878 the Victorian colonial government bought the...

Beller Group's retail shopping strip synopsis explained in detail

Urban Melbourne recently spoke with Fred Nucara, Beller Group’s Commercial Director, in order to understand the story behind the story regarding their recent release of comprehensive research into Melbourne's premier retail shopping strips. In a system similar to Urban Melbourne's citywide crane count, the Beller team actively traversed Melbourne's shopping strips in order to collate the most accurate retail snapshot possible. Over two data...
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Kickstarter Campaign: Homes for Homeless Youth

Most of us take for granted having a roof over our heads and the support of family and friends around us. Unfortunately this is not the case for around 40,000 young Australians who find themselves without a home each night. A new design endeavour aims to create an uplifting, light-filled, nurturing environment – a benchmark in replicable and sustainable design – in which homeless young people can be sheltered and nurtured.

New appointments to the Heritage Council of Victoria

Planning Minister Matthew Guy has announced the appointment of a new chair, one new member and the appointment of two formerly alternate members as full members to the Heritage Council of Victoria . The ten member Heritage Council of Victoria is appointed by the Governor in Council upon the recommendation of the Planning Minister. Legal member Mary Urquhart has been appointed the new Chair of the Heritage Council, replacing architect Daryl...

dKO talks on the Melbourne-Sydney development dymanic

I recently sat down with dKO Principal Koos de Keijzer and dKO Design director Jesse Linardi for an informal discussion regarding their experiences in both Sydney and Melbourne. This follows on from Mark's initial article which explored the Melbourne-Sydney development dynamic and the increasing movement of skilled industry-related firms and personnel between both cities. Managing architectural teams in both Melbourne and Sydney made the duo...

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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.

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

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.