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Using the Urban Melbourne forum

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The entire Urban Melbourne site runs on a Drupal platform and we're using the Advanced Forum module.

Many people will be familiar with a vBulletin style forum - there are similarities with Drupal forums - however Drupal forums are leaner and have less bells and whistles that get in the way.

When you go to the mainpage you will see four small tabs just under the "Forums" header, they are: "View Forums", "Active Topics" (threads getting the most hits/replies), "Unanswered Topics" (topics that have had posts in them since you saw/posted last) and "New and Updated Topics" (displays everything that is new and updated in a date descending (newest first) order).

The default is View Forums: which displays the forum hierarchy, just like a vBulletin forum. The other three tabs add quick and lean functionality if you're looking for anything specific and don't really want to browse everything subforum.

When you click on any of the other three tabs, by default it will show you everything with that criteria, you can further drill down to only show specific Active, Unanswered or New/Updated topic - i.e. select Projects and Construction and apply and you'll see specific Active, Unanswered or New/Updated topics in Projects & Construction only.

If you wish to add an avatar, scroll to the bottom of the page, in the right most section there is a "My Account" link and you can upload one there - as well as optionally add a display name (First and Surname fields) - note: you always use your username or e-mail address to log in, these two fields simply override the display of your user account and nothing more.

If you're viewing this as a logged out user, you're free to register an account at any time here:

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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.

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.