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Australian Tapestry Workshop @ 226-266 Park St, South Melbourne © Open House Melbourne

Weaving their magic - OHM 2014: Australian Tapestry Workshop

Once again Open House Melbourne has come and gone for another year and once again I took the opportunity to volunteer. Having been assigned the Australian Tapestry Workshop as my building for the Saturday morning shift, I had no idea what to expect as I wasn't even aware of its existence and I'm probably not alone in that respect. Occupying a National Trust and Heritage listed building at 262-266 Park St in South Melbourne, the Australian...

The rhyme and reason for buying in Melbourne

It is always a worthwhile exercise in gleaning the opinions of others, more so when the person in question represents a growing wave of non-resident apartment buyers seeking to claim a slice of the Melbourne residential market. Urban Melbourne had the opportunity to pose a number of questions to Light House purchaser and Melbourne semi-resident, Raymond Wei. In this vox pop of sorts we began by asking the question perhaps most pertinent: would...

The numbers behind Melbourne's apartment boom

No great surprise that inner Melbourne and the CBD in particular is experiencing a population boom; we hear about it just about every week via various media outlets. Within their capacity, the City of Melbourne maintain a comprehensive monitor of all major new commercial and residential property development in their municipality. Figures for the current Development Activity Monitor to May 2014 are impressive or worrying (depending upon your...

Open House Melbourne building list announced

Open House Melbourne is upon us once again with the organisers of the July 26th and 27th event announcing the building list recently. Among the list of buildings are some familiar favourites as well as buildings throwing open their doors for the first time and also brand new recently completed and occupied buildings. Among the new buildings this year are Government House . Open only the the Saturday, there will be guided tours of the State...

James Tutton on all things Urban (continued)

Urban Melbourne's chat with Neometro Director James Tutton continues, following the first part published earlier this week. Neometro was the first property developer in Australia to gain B Corporation status - what are you doing above and beyond the norm? To become a B Corporation member we really didn't have to change much in terms of what we were doing, although we did need to document a lot of what we were doing by way of community engagement...

James Tutton on all things Urban

Recently Urban Melbourne sat down with James Tutton for a thoroughly interesting, jovial and at times colourful interview on all things urban. A man whose credentials are impressive as they are varied, chief amongst them is co-director of property development firm Neometro. James joined Neometro four years ago to drive the development and commercial side of the business while maintaining its strong design integrity. James is the entrepreneur...

Melbourne's evolution via the humble taxi

Like them? Loathe them? The taxi has been part of the Melbourne streetscape for over a century and have been subject to as many changes as Melbourne itself. Some readers would have only even known a local taxi to be a familiar shade of yellow thanks the 'war' waged by then Premier Jeff Kennett during the mid 1990's. It turns out the humble taxi has a varied and interesting history in Melbourne, well beyond the pale yellow form we now associate...

A funny thing happened on the way to the Marsh

A peculiar thing happened on the way to Bacchus Marsh... in 2008 mind you. Heading west for one reason or another, I noticed a tower crane on the horizon in Caroline Springs. Relatively new Caroline Springs, tower crane, high-density development on the forsaken fringes of Melbourne? Hickory at the time were constructing a six level serviced apartment complex (now Quest branded) in the upstart western locale. For a suburb 25 kilometres from the...

Progressive development or cultural vandalism?

Proponents have said little publicly while opponents suggest that Hosier Lane's internationally renowned arts culture is in jeopardy. Regarding the proposed rejuvenation of the Forum Theatre at 150-162 Flinders Street and adjoining high-rise hotel, local community association Hosier Inc maintains that "Fundamentally the development proposal in its current form will adversely affect the social & organic processes developing in the precinct."...

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Development & Planning

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 07:00
Hawthorn's Queens Avenue is emerging as an apartment hot spot of sorts, as developers realise the worth of converting the light industrial and commercial strip into a higher density apartment enclave. Running parallel to Burwood Road, Queens Avenue now has six apartment developments in progress.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 12:00
Carolyn Whitzman , University of Melbourne Liveability is an increasingly important goal of Australian planning policy. And creating cities where residents can get to most of the services they need within 20 to 30 minutes has been proposed, at both federal and state level, as a key liveability-related mechanism.

Visual Melbourne

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 12:00
Part Three follows on from the Part One: Yarra's Edge and Part Two: Victoria Harbour. The focus of today's piece will be NewQuay and Harbour Town, the northern most precincts within Docklands. NewQuay NewQuay was the first precinct to open way back in 2003 and has probably evolved the most.

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Transport & Design

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 12:00
The Victorian Government has announced the winning bidders in the tender to power Melbourne's tram network by renewable energy. At the same time, the Victorian Government has announced plans to legislate the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) ensuring that by 2020, 25% of Victoria's energy will come from renewable sources and the target rises to 40% by 2025.

Sustainability & Environment

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 12:00
The notion of Melbourne becoming a 20-minute City has been explored heavily in recent times. Seeking to provide Melburnians with the ability to 'live locally', the 20-minute City, in essence, strives to provide people with the ability to meet most of their everyday needs within a 20-minute walk, cycle or local public transport trip of their home.