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The Royal Arcade - A Golden Oldie

331-339 Bourke Street 1869-1870 Charles Webb (original north-south Bourke to Lt Collins Street arcade) 1902-1923 Hyndman and Bates (east-west Elizabeth Street addition) 2002-2004 Allom Lovell & Associates (restoration) The Royal Arcade was the second shopping arcade built in Melbourne with the first being the Queen’s Arcade , which was built in 1853. The Queen’s Arcade did not last long and was demolished long ago, leaving The Royal Arcade...

Astor Radio Melbourne

Most keen collectors and lovers of antiques will be familiar with iconic Australian Made valve radios, produced in Australia between the late 1930’s and early 1950’s. In a time before television, a radio receiver was the household entertainment staple, and as they all essentially served an identical function, the market was driven by inserting very similar electrics into an incredible variety of beautifully sculpted, incredibly detailed and in...

The incredible Cole's Book Arcade

299 Bourke Street (second store and current street number) opened in 1883 Collins Street extension in 1906 Closed in 1929 Edward William Cole opened his first book arcade near the former Eastern Market in 1873. On the 27 January 1883 he opened his famous second store on the site of the current David Jones Men’s Store, on what is now called the Bourke Street Mall . With around two million books on its shelves, the extraordinary Cole’s Book Arcade...

REB v GABS

The magnificence of the Royal Exhibition Building's internals were on show for all to see, that is if you like exceptional beer. The grand building hosted the Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular over the weekend, an event which brings 92 uniquely brewed beers from around the world together in this exceptional venue. Running over three days, the Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular afforded those who attended the change to peruse its magnificent...

State Library of Victoria - a cultural icon

304–328 Swanston Street, Melbourne 1854-1856 Joseph Reed; 1870 Reed and Barnes; 1906–11 Bates, Peebles and Smart; 1951 Percy Everett, Public Works Department; 1990-98 Ancher, Mortlock and Woolley The decision to build a state library for Victoria was made in 1853 by Lieutenant-Governor Charles La Trobe and Mr Justice Redmond Barry. An architectural competition was held and a local architect, Joseph Reed was declared the winner with his...

The Melbourne versus Sydney debate isn't boring: it's useful

Annie Stevens, writing in Fairfax's Daily Life, wrote a piece last Friday (3/5/13) titled "Melbourne versus Sydney debate is boring" and went on to highlight how it's the stereotypes which fuel this debate to the point of boredom. I agree - however to come straight to my point: if we didn't have this boring and mundane debate, we'd have no competition between the cities - not a good outcome! When cities and their respective citizens, business...

Shrine of Remembrance

St. Kilda Road, Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne Built 1927-34 Designed by Hudson and Wardrop World War 2 Memorial Forecourt Built 1950-54 Designed by Ernest E. Milston Undercroft redevelopment Built 2002-03 Designed by Ashton Raggat McDougall (ARM) . The Shrine of Remembrance , arguably Melbourne’s most important iconic public monument, which is located in Kings Domain , St Kilda Road, was originally built as a memorial to the men and women who...

Allens Sweets Southbank

I think it’s fair to say that the increasing majority of Melburnians would struggle to remember any other Southbank than the familiar setting in place today. A great success story in urban renewal, the plethora of arts, entertainment, office space and high rise apartments that are present today, are in the place of what was once a highly industrial area, south of the Melbourne CBD on the banks of the Yarra. Plans for redevelopment were...

1934-35 Centenary of Victoria and Melbourne

The joint V ictorian and Melbourne Centenary celebrations were held between October 1934 and June 1935. They celebrated progress and community cohesion at a time when the world, including Australia, was in the midst of a severe economic depression. In 1934, the centenary firstly commemorated Edward Henty’s Portland settlement in November 1834, which led to the founding of Victoria. While in 1935, the focus of the Melbourne Centenary celebrations...

A Melbourne summer tradition

Last Wednesday evening marked the final Night Market hosted at the Queen Vic over a prolonged summer season due to the fine weather spell. Their website provides a brief overview, Now in its 15th year, the Suzuki Night Market attracts over 200 stall holders and showcases some of Melbourne’s finest artisans, producing locally made clothing, jewellery, prints and an array of cultural goods. I must admit i'm not much for jewellery and the like, but...

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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.