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Melbourne_Fragments's picture

no heritage overlay, Lord Mayor who refused to consider heritage if a proposal has been made as it "changes the rules', unfortunately not simple

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Bilby's picture

It's fascinating to watch the hand wringing over the Corkman affair, and compare it with the lack of concern over equally important heritage hotels like this one. It begs the question, what was all the fuss about with the Corkman demolition? To the all those who cried "Throw the book at them" or "Make them rebuild the heritage hotel brick by brick" - what were you actually concerned about? The heritage values of our city, or a breech of planning regulations and Occ. Health laws?
Remember this?

Compare the level of media coverage and community outrage between the wall collapse of a heritage pub in North Melbourne and the illegal demolition of the Corkman. It seems to me that the only difference was the heritage designation of the Corkman, since in both cases, there were breeches of planning and Occ. Health / public safety laws.

Ultimately, the public places too much faith in governments to "protect" our heritage assets. While people were right to be outraged about the loss of the Corkman,and the various breeches of law entailed in that demolition, they should be equally outraged at the proposed demolition of similarly historic hotels and commercial buildings around the city.The mere fact that the Corkman has been (correctly) assessed as a gold rush era hotel of heritage significance to Carlton, while other significant heritage pubs in the city itself have not been assessed with a heritage overlay applied, doesn't change the facts of the situation. We are about to lose one of a very few remaining buildings of its type left in the city, and the result will be a degradation of the heritage values of Melbourne.

In short, if you were one of those thousands of Melburnians who deplored the demolition of the Corkman as an act of heritage "vandalism" then you should deplore the demolition of 204-208 King Street on the same grounds. The fact that the council hasn't bothered to investigate the heritage significance of the place makes no difference to whether or not it actually is significant. It is. And its loss will be just as problematic for the future of Melbourne as a culturally rich urban centre.

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Please enlighten me, someone, can it be still, that ANY structure of architectural, cultural or historical significance remains Unlisted?
ASLEEP at the effing wheel MCC!!!!!!

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Bilby's picture

Without Melbourne Heritage Action and the National Trust pushing hard for the Central City Heritage Review a few years back, there would still be zero protection for almost 100 very significant heritage buildings in the CBD. Council themselves hadn't done a CBD heritage review for some 30 years up to that point - and they're dragging their heels now about listing obvious precincts like the top end of Little Lon and Guildford Lane - both of which are being progressively destroyed piece by piece while they dither:

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^^ well, that's incorrect. Anyone who has read Rohan Leppert's Twitter feed ought to know that he's been singlehandedly responsible for every heritage success anywhere in this city for the past decade.

On a more serious note, the graded properties from the original MCC 1984 Study were supposed to all get heritage overlays when the overlays were created in the nineties, but numerous properties missed out for whatever reason. Most were C and D graded properties, but the B-Graded former Robb's Annex was of course demolished by Grollo to much outcry last year.

For the new Rialto podium, which I walked past yesterday having to physically restrain my gag reflex

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Bilby's picture

Melbourne is full of irony these days. We have the Intercontinental Hotel nearby, trading off its heritage credentials and partnership with UNESCO in support of World Heritage Values, while metres away Grollo sets about demolishing the last vestige of the Robbs Building it destroyed back in 1981, which, had it survived, would now be regarded as one of the gems of Melbourne.

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I agree - the new Rialto podium is just.......bizarre. Grollo's last 'up yours' to melbourne, maybe?

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The G-Dub closes on Friday 3rd March. Actually they already closed, but the operator was told they had to reopen an honor their lease to the end. So given the time between closure, rejection VCAT and demo, we can look forward to the building being covered in PORK with a side of NOST and LAMB for quite some time......

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Naomi Milgrom appoints OMA's Rem Koolhaas, David Gianotten for fourth MPavilion

Naomi Milgrom has appointed high-profile architects Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten of Netherlands-based architecture firm OMA to design the fourth MPavilion temporary cultural venue for Melbourne.

Mr Koolhaas, winner of the 2000 Pritzker Prize – architecture's equivalent of the Nobel – is known for large-scale projects such as the CCTV "Pants Building" in Beijing and the redevelopment of Europe's largest department store, Kaufhaus des Westens in Berlin. However, he gained fame as an urban thinker 40 years ago for describing the central role large cities would play with his book Delirious New York.

The design of the pavilion, which will replace the third version built by Indian architect Bijoy Jain, hasn't been released but it could be used to focus on the changing relationship between rural Australia and its urban centres, where population density is growing rapidly.

"What is very interesting in that is the juxtaposition of the rim of urban realm in Australia and the huge vast nature in the centre," said OMA managing director Mr Gianotten.

"It's almost never explored or part of the debate about cities and about their development. And that most liveable cities are in Australia, but nobody talks about the whole continent and what it actually means to be there, which is an interesting debate which maybe can happen also in the pavilion."

The structure, which will open to the public in October, will like its predecessors by Sean Godsell, Amanda Levete and Mr Jain host a series of talks, workshops, performances and installations.

"In pavilions you can test things you cannot do within buildings," Mr Koolhaas said.

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Development & Planning

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 12:00
Box Hill continues to rack up significant planning applications, with the eastern hub showing no sign of slowing in its skyward progression. Three significant proposals are in the works, potentially adding hundreds of new apartments to the Box Hill market, which has well and truly blossomed over recent years.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 07:00
It seems many of inner Melbourne's pubs are in trouble. Times have changed, but more specifically the core demographic, entertainment options and the city itself have changed. Long gone are the days where the corner pub was the staple (and in some cases the only) option of previous generations; Melbourne is now a 24 hour city with a multitude of entertainment options.


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.

Transport & Design

Monday, February 27, 2017 - 12:00
In a not-so-surprising move, the commencement of construction on the level crossing removals at Edithvale (Edithvale Road) and Bonbeach (Bondi Road) have been delayed by at least a year due to the Level Crossing Removal Authority determining an environmental effects statement (EES) must be conducted for the two sites.

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).