Memorabilia from the XVI Olympiad, Melbourne 1956

From the 22nd of November through to the 8th of December 1956, Melbourne hosted the Olympic Games, it was the first time in the history of the Games that an Olympiad was staged in the southern hemisphere. Preceded by a period of international turmoil and tension (cold war, Suez crises, etc), many countries boycotted the Games, thus the number of competitors (3342) was the smallest since 1932. Another setback was forced by Australia’s very strict...

VU Queen St set for expansion

"This is an opportunity for Victoria University to consolidate and express its dedicated and symbolic presence within the historic surrounding of the former Royal Mint precinct and the greater context of the Melbourne central city." With those words, Daryl Jackson and his firm Jackson Architecture have teamed with Victoria University in order to bring a consolidated VU campus to the Hoddle Grid. Jackson Architecture is currently carrying...

Submission to the Rowville Rail Study

.The following is the submission I made to the Rowville Rail Study prior to creating the site and was originally posted on my personal blog - as it forms much of the basis in my belief that any new rail lines built in Melbourne should move away from the way we've built them for the past 150 years. The call for public submissions had a questionnaire - answered first - and a section for "any other comments" which I took the...

Hello World, this is Urban Melbourne calling

As is the tradition when a new piece of software is created, the first output should be to produce the words "Hello World". Hello World, this is Urban Melbourne calling Who are we? We're a group of like-minded individuals who have cultivated each of our own specific interests over the past decade - with regard to the direction Melbourne is moving toward - primarily meeting at SkyscraperCity in the past. We're a group of people with diverse...

1091 Plenty Rd, Bundoora

Once the domain of Smorgy's and more recently a buffet restaurant, developer Park Rise Australia has for some time sought to knife and fork the existing building in the hope of delivering a multi-building apartment complex some 14 kilometres from Melbourne's CBD. Mid last year Crikey blog The Urbanist ran an article reagrding the proposed development at 1091 Plenty Rd, Bundoora . The aforementioned in depth and incisive piece touched on a number...

Melbourne by Balloon

The Melbourne skyline is an amazing spectacle when viewed from anywhere around the city, however it becomes so much more remarkable when given the opportunity to view it from above. On the 14th of January 2013, I had this opportunity, enjoying a hot air balloon trip across the centre of Melbourne whilst also capturing its breathtaking vista's at the same time. Departing from Moorabbin, the 90 minute journey travelled through the inner suburbs of...

Roof-top farming: Part of the future of inner-city living

Over the last decade or so, petrol prices have more than doubled and the amount of available and accessible agricultural land has decreased mainly due to suburban sprawl extending further and further away from the major city centres where the majority of our population reside. This invariably has placed cost pressures on the price of fresh produce, increases the environmental impacts through greenhouse gas emissions and puts pressure on the cost...

420 Spencer St edges closer to reality

Late last year TCI Teneketzis successfully sold 420 Spencer St, a site subject to a variety of proposals whilst also attracting local residents and heritage group discontent. As billboards onsite and the agents website shows , the site has been purchased as a joint venture, increasing the likelihood that the tower in its current approved form will become reality. Early February has seen the arrival of new signage onsite showing ACC Development...

Hosier Lane, late 2012

Welcome to the first of what will become regular updates dedicated to one of Melbourne's tourist and cultural attractions, the artwork of Hosier Lane. Bound by Flinders St and Flinders Lane, Hosier Lane and adjoining Rutledge Lane are home to an ever dynamic and ecclectic body of street art, but for those not aware of this cobbled jem an apt description can be found at Laneway Magazine . Whilst only taking in the final weeks of 2012, Urban...


Development & Planning

Monday, January 23, 2017 - 00:00
Prominent builder Hickory Group has added a third Melbourne project that will utilise the Hickory Building System (HBS). A proponent of prefabricated construction methods, Hickory Group's latest HBS-driven project will be Brisbane outfit Blue Sky Funds' 42-50 La Trobe Street.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 00:00
On 2 January 2017, it was reported that several popular eateries and bars in Footscray had been vandalised, including the perennially successful 8 Bit Burgers on Droop Street, and Up In Smoke on Hopkins Street. 8 Bit had the warm new year's welcome gift of 14 smashed windows and the words “F**k off hipster scum” spray-painted on their entrance.

Visual Melbourne

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 17:00
Melbourne’s architectural landscape is a wonderful juxtaposition of modern and Victorian architecture. Although the CBD has been peppered with many skyscrapers, its historical structures have won Melbourne the title of “Australia’s most European city”.


Transport & Design

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 12:00
Timber mid-rise buildings are becoming the preferred choice for many stakeholders in Melbourne, due to a combination of factors, including cost-effectiveness, liveability, ease and efficiency of construction. Within the recent National Construction Code change, Deemed-To-Satisfy provisions allow mid-rise timber construction for buildings up to 25 metres “effective height” (typically, eight storeys).