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Architectural visualisation: an art, not a science

While the rise of architectural visualisation technology may seem like a recent phenomenon, there is nothing new about visual communication in architecture. Illustration has always been a critical part of the design process, from testing of ideas in early stages to the presentation of resolved concepts to showcase the shared vision. The tools of the trade may have evolved, but the basic intentions remain consistent. New technologies have...

The value in a collaborative approach to urban development

I have observed over the years, that the urban development process is often very siloed with a very conscious effort made to limit inputs from outside the developer’s core team. This may be seen as commercially and operationally astute and necessary to prevent budget, planning approval and program blow outs. However, in an increasingly networked society and business world, successful and innovative developments are more often borne out of...

Real Time Market Data: Property Utopia For Buyers & Sellers

The development industry inhales information and produces relentless analysis on both the buying and selling side in order to find the elusive utopian deal based on research. Research is reactive; why base your largest lifetime purchase or your company balance sheet on what happened down the road six months ago? Increasingly purchasers are more informed than the consultants providing the information, and the purchaser feedback is not always...

Reconsidering the project vision to create better quality outcomes for all

Established suburbs such as St Kilda, Fitzroy and Williamstown, that we love to live in and visit, have evolved over a very long period of time. They have grown organically to develop the character, identity and sense of community that we see today. While I fully appreciate this, and I’m aware that a sense of community cannot be manufactured, I believe that we can be more proactive about ‘seeding’ the community connections that contribute to...

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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.