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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 Queen Victoria Market Renewal pushes ahead

During the City of Melbourne's monthly meeting held on the 29th August, council voted in favour of the proposed design for the below ground operational area at the western end of Sheds A to D (also referred to as Q2). This area forms part of the enabling works for the Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal Project. The project can now pursue the lodgement of relevant planning and heritage permit applications, to be considered by Heritage...

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...

Spring Street releases Apartment Design, Urban Design Guidelines and Apartment Buyers guides

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne has released the Apartment Design Guidelines for Victoria , an Apartment Buyers and Renters Guide as well as a new non-statutory Design Advisory Service for the property community. The Labor Government has already introduced new standards that ensure new apartments are built with light, storage, ventilation and enough room to fit beds and furniture. These new guidelines will help developers meet their...

Thoughts on new metro station names

Over the weekend, the Premier announced a naming competition for the five 'new' stations that are to be built on the route of the Metro Tunnel project. The Melbourne Metro Rail Authority has reported, via its twitter account, they've received 10,000 suggestions as of Tuesday. In what looks like an effort to avoid a situation akin to the 'Boaty McBoatface' that occurred in the UK, name suggestions will be shortlisted before being decided upon by...

‘Build to rent’ could be the missing piece of the affordable housing puzzle

Matthew Palm , University of Melbourne Australia’s state governments, as well as some ambitious local councils, community housing providers and forward-looking private developers, are finally taking note of the housing affordability crisis in our cities. One proposed solution is to provide relief to cash-strapped households that cannot afford skyrocketing deposits by incentivising a new “ build-to-rent ” affordable housing sector. Build to rent...

Williamstown's Waterline Place moves into full development mode

One of Melbourne's larger infill developments is progressing somewhat under the radar in Williamstown. Mere kilometres from the CBD, Waterline Place within the bayside suburb is gathering momentum as developer AV Jennings pushes through with the delivery of near on 600 townhouses and apartments in total. Holding a nominal value of $450 million, Waterline Place marked the traditionally greenfield developer's push into Melbourne's apartment market...

Dandenong corridor Community Open Space Expert Panel report submitted to government

The Caulfield to Dandenong level crossing removal project's Community Open Space Expert Panel (COSEP) has delivered its report to the Public Transport Minister, Jacinta Allan, outlining its recommendations for the spaces that will be created as part of the grade separation project. The COSEP was charged with the duty of reviewing and providing advice on general landscape design and planning, proposal community spaces, the interface between...

Marriott confirmed for Docklands as Malvern scores its own substantial hotel project

Marriott International's long held Docklands aspirations have been confirmed on the back of developer Capital Alliance gaining approval for a mixed-use development last week. The hotel operator will absorb 200 hotel suites within the DKO Architecture-designed scheme at 3-43 Waterfront Way. 110 apartments account for the balance of the development, with the building to be crowned by a publicly accessible infinity pool and bar/dining facilities...

Docklands Places and Spaces, part four: Batmans Hill and Stadium

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. A further two commercial towers, three residential buildings and...

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Development & Planning

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 00:00
During July, Urban Melbourne reported on City of Melbourne's positive response to Salta Properties' bid to have a skyscraper approved at 63 Exhibition Street. Last week a permit for the mixed-use, Bates Smart-designed tower was granted by the Minister for Planning, concluding a lengthy three-year stint at planning for the application.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 00:00
No doubt about it, the emerging build-to-rent model has the property media in a tizz at the moment. What may in part become a solution to the housing and rental affordability dilemma has garnered immense media attention of late.

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.

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Transport & Design

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 12:00
Andréanne Doyon , RMIT University ; Joe Hurley , RMIT University ; Susie Moloney , RMIT University , and Trivess Moore , RMIT University Australia’s building and land-use policy settings fall well short of what’s needed to make meaningful progress toward creating sustainable cities. You will find environmental sustainability goals and objectives in government strategy documents.

Sustainability & Environment

Monday, September 4, 2017 - 12:00
The recent BDAV Building Design Awards once more showcased the talents and expertise of Victoria's building designers. 2017 was the 22nd year of the BDAV Design Awards, which aims to "profile excellence in building design, as well as profiling the importance of the building design profession to both the building industry and to the broader community." One project that ticked the boxes was Green Edge.