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SMA Projects & the MARS gallery launch artist in residence programme at The Lyric

SMA Projects in collaboration with the MARS Gallery , have created an artist in residence programme which provides young emerging artists with the studio and gallery space to prepare and exhibit their works. The artist in residency programme will be based on a two-month rotation with SMA Projects providing artists with gallery space in the display suite of their latest project for Fitzory - The Lyric. Studio space will also be made available to...

Geotechnical investigations complete, Metro Tunnel construction to ramp up

You've probably heard of it by now - that new rail tunnel that's set to run through the city. The State Government has today announced geotechnical investigations are complete which will lead to the acceleration of the early works that have been slowly turning over for a while now in the CBD. Things are about to become just that more real, more visible. If you frequently travel to the city, the two sites which have seen some level of preparatory...

SMA Projects reveals Australia's first above rail line residential building

Developer SMA Projects is garnering public opinion prior to submitting plans with Stonnington City Council for a residential building that would be the nation's first set above rail lines. Addressed at 24-26 Chapel Street Windsor, 24chapelstreet.com.au has been launched in order to raise awareness of the project that challenges the norm. 24 Chapel Street thinks differently about building now for Melbourne’s future. From the inception of...

Profiling OpenCorp's Eastside Village development

On the occasion of OpenCorp's launch of their Eastside Village apartment development, Urban Melbourne recently spoke with the group's Director Allister Lewison regarding the design merits of the Hawthorn East project. Teaming with architects Rothelowman and interior designer Fiona Lynch, Eastside Village has been put forward as an apartment development designed to cater for the particular market in which it finds itself in. According to Allister...

Finger on the pulse: Metropolitan Melbourne Crane Count March 2017

Melbourne's construction sector and the local development industry at large is showing a high degree of resilience, as tower cranes continue to populate the skyline in healthy numbers. Despite predictions and warnings of an easing in the apartment sector in particular, Urban Melbourne has this city's tower crane count currently at a strong 140, just short of the October 2015 figure of 144 and well above the July 2014 figure of 107. Although...

Arden Precinct receives a construction boost

It may still be in its infancy, but the emerging Arden Urban Renewal Precinct has scored its most substantial construction project to date, with Hickory Group winning the Arden Gardens build contract. The sizeable urban renewal area which is still at master planning has been earmarked for significant growth over the next 30 years. Arden Gardens will rise over Macaulay Road, with secondary frontages to Canning Street and Vaughan Terrace. It is...

The 200 metre club revisited

Two almost forgotten planning applications for substantial skyscrapers have re-emerged over the last month, prompting Urban Melbourne to once again highlight the very healthy number of 200 metre plus skyscrapers in the pipeline for Melbourne. Most recently, 57-63 Exhibition Street which was first submitted during August 2014, is still active with Salta Properties backing the Bates Smart-designed skyscraper which would nudge 204m if approved...

Landence launches its flagship Melbourne project: The Evermore

The Landence Group has formally launched The Evermore, its flagship Melbourne development designed by local architects Hayball. Located at 58-66 Dorcas Street, at the verge between Southbank and South Melbourne, The Evermore represents Landence's first foray into the Australian market and has been conceived as dual metallic towers with a strong vertical emphasis rising above a shared podium. This duality in visual expression reflects this...

Footscray's Binks Ford site finally in line for development

Site purchase and demolition for one of Footscray's key renewal sites occurred during 2012. Thereafter the Binks Ford site has seen precious little activity. But now plans are afoot for an intensive redevelopment of the 9,047sqm plot which abuts the Footscray rail corridor. Developer AVIC Developments Pty Ltd is seeking the green light for 412 dwellings across four separate residential buildings, with the tallest maxing out at 10 levels. Dubbed...

Better Apartments at the Australian Smart Skyscraper Summit 2017

In light of the recent release of the Victorian State Government’s Better Apartments Design Standards, architects, designers, builders and the industry as a whole will look to reconfigure apartment design, in order to conform to new government regulations. Among changes to standards, the guidelines dictate that apartments will have to provide for daylight access, outlook and privacy through building setbacks. A functional layout will see the...

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Development & Planning

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 00:00
The proposed changes to the residential zone controls put forward by the Victorian State Government via Amendment VC110 were gazetted on Tuesday. While the amendments effect the General Residential Zone (GRZ), Residential Growth Zone (RGZ), and Mixed Use Zone (MUZ ) it’s the removal of the two-lot subdivision restriction in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone (NRZ) that is perhaps most notable, effectively increasing development potential in the NRZ.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 00:00
Katrina Raynor , University of Melbourne and Carolyn Whitzman , University of Melbourne The need for more affordable housing close to public transport and services is acute in Melbourne. Inner Melbourne has experienced a 74% increase in rough sleeping in the past two years .

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.

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Transport & Design

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 12:00
The first apartments within the West End precinct have been launched within the 15-storey Adderley, designed by interiors group Carr Design Group. Covered by Urban Melbourne last month , West End represents the biggest development project in the inner city, transforming a 9200sqm former industrial site into a thriving, self-sustaining neighbourhood.

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.