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PrefabAUS Conference - Day 1

Today marks the first day of formal proceedings at the PrefabAUS Conference 2014 . Yesterday, myself and co-editor Mark Baljak along with 80 other delegates, were treated to a tour of four different sites around Melbourne and its periphery. They included the Hickory Group's factory, the Modscape display suite, Salesian College and the Library at the Dock. The conference schedule is very busy and includes multiple speakers and different topics of...

City of Melbourne and open data

Did you know that the City of Melbourne makes up 37% of the Greater Melbourne economy, 27% of the Victorian economy and 6% of the national equivalent? What about the fact that there are 438,793 jobs in the City of Melbourne? Or that in 1990 the median unit price in the City of Melbourne was $148,000? These are all statistics now extremely easy to access in one place with the release of the City of Melbourne Economic Profile on Geografia . As...

Designing and building green is one thing, but what comes next?

The City of Melbourne’s website states that 70% of Melbourne city residents are living in high-rise buildings. As part of the City of Melbourne’s sustainability goal - to become one of the most sustainable cities in the world and to be carbon neutral by 2020 - involves the ‘greening’ of the high-rise buildings in many innovative ways. These include green living walls, storm water tanks and reuse, solar panel installation for electricity...

What's driving Melbourne's development site sales frenzy?

Traverse the inner city and you may notice a plethora of properties with 'For Sale' placarded over their frontage. The rise of Asian property developers in the Melbourne market has led to an unprecedented number of development sites offered for sale, with their owners expecting heightened returns as local and offshore developers jostle for premier pieces of real estate. Market conditions are currently very receptive to new residential projects...

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Development & Planning

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 06:00
City of Monash planners have recommended that Singapore-backed Frasers Property Australia along with project partner Commercial & Industrial Property (CIP) be allowed to proceed with a multi-staged commercial development that would become one of suburban Melbourne's largest.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 00:00
Richard Tomlinson , University of Melbourne In the first article reviewing The Conversation’s many articles on housing issues, the commentary about fiscal and supply-side issues was consistent. The same is not true for affordable housing due to the diversity of affordability issues.

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

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 07:00
35 Spring Street has been anointed as one of Melbourne's elite high density residential projects. Developer Cbus Property is rightfully making note of the project's completion, with Planning Minister Richard Wynne recently officially opening the $350 million development. The project has drawn inspiration from equivalent park-front projects in New York, and holds views over Treasury Gardens that can never be built out.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 13:00
Victoria Walks, a walking promotion charity supported by VicHeath, is leading a crowdsourcing initiative that is supported by the State Government and 14 councils. The campaign aims to collect and analyse opinions on walking right across the Melbourne metropolitan area. The authorities are asking people to indicate their walking safety concerns through an interactive online map on CrowdSpot's platform.