Melbourne, a city of two tales - Skybus vs The Airport Train

Growing up, I couldn't believe we had no train to the airport. I could catch a train to such distant wonderlands as Hurstbridge, Tecoma and Tyabb (albeit on a 'Red Rattler'!); towns so small and far away that to most people they sound mythical. Yet if I wanted to catch a train to the airport, located in Tullamarine, a suburb just 17km from the CBD, I was left scratching my head whilst dad inserted half his weekly wage into the parking machine in...

New projects in the Urban Melbourne database

A busy weekend has come and gone with 18 new projects appearing in the database, some of which are highlighted below. We still have a multitude of projects yet to be entered, with some of the new residential tower designs (most of which are at the planning stage) quite outstanding...but they are for another day. We'll also be rolling out some new features through the database in coming weeks, including making it easier to find projects which are...

Urban Melbourne's Top 5 Picks: Under Construction June 2013

On a monthly basis a Urban Melbourne will publish our Top 5 picks of buildings Under Construction, Proposed. To start us off, we are publishing our Top 5 projects which are currently under construction in our city for June, and counting down from number 5, here they are! Tip: open the project database link and forum link in a new window to view the renders for each project. 5. Tip Top, East Brunswick Why do we like it? Lygon Street in East...

Planning Application > 1 Warde Street, Footscray

A closer look today at one of the ever increasing number of planning applications that eventually intend to call the Joseph Road Precinct of Footscray home. 1 Warde Street was submitted to state government body DPCD last year for approval, although as yet no planning decision has been revealed. Devised by Elenberg Fraser for burgeoning property developers Urban Inc, and with the working name Romeo and Juliet, 1 Warde Street is already visible on...

Bus routes which need improvement: the #417

In a previous job, I used to work for a mail house in Laverton North. For those who don't know where that is, it's an industrial area in the west, wedged between Laverton, Derrimut and Altona North. Traditionally a heavy industrial area for the petrochemical industry, in recent years it has grown in size significantly to include not only factories but light industrial/warehouses/showrooms as well. Linked to this growth has been the somewhat...

CoPP that! 235m tower for Fishermans Bend?

Given City of Port Phillip's resolute preference for a 100m height limit over the Montague precinct of the Fishermans Bend urban renewal project, they may well be sent into an apoplectic state should this exceptional concept design eventually come to fruition. Delivered by Architecton for an undisclosed client, it carries the address 120-132 Ferrars Street, South Melbourne. Currently home to a nondescript low level brown brick factory, the...

City Signage – Public Blight or Future Heritage?

Can city advertising be an art form? Melbourne is famous for its laneway murals; graffiti by artists such as Banksy. As advertising looks for new and creative ways to steal our attention, it is embedding itself into the fabric of our urban public spaces. In the course of my final year of urban planning studies at RMIT University, I had the recent pleasure of engaging in a lively ‘mock tribunal’. The subject of the ‘hearing’ was an application to...

Two thumbs up!

Given it's a long weekend, a brief article today highlighting two developments that I believe should be the benchmark for all medium sized apartment developments in Melbourne when it comes to green credentials. First up, VCAT have recently overturned a Yarra City Council decision to reject an apartment proposal at 97-99 Rose street, Fitzroy. Going by the name Rawhouse, the development has been jointly conceived by Breathe Architecture and Small...

Hotspots: Lygon Street, East Brunswick

If I were to simply mention Lygon Street, most would automatically assume I was talking about Little Italia in Carlton. Approximately 2km North of the cafés, pizzerias and gelato shoppes of Carlton, Lygon Street, East Brunswick has turned into a nightlife and development hotspot. Truth be known Lygon Street is the border of Brunswick and East Brunswick however many of the locals simply refer to both sides of the street as East Brunswick, much...

Imperial by name, Imperial by nature

Having observed Melbourne's growing appetite and subsequent construction boom in apartments for over ten years, certain trends become abundantly clear. One such trend is the widening chasm in design quality between Melbourne's inner city and middle/outer suburban apartment stock. Whilst many inner city apartment projects maintain a certain design quality, the majority of those in middle and outer suburbs tend to be precast creations, low in...


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.