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It's not just Melbourne developing westward, our electricity network is too

It's big, it's complex, it has many moving parts and the debate has been raging for a long while now. Escalating energy prices, our commitment to international agreements on emissions reduction and political inaction have all played a part in an at times ugly debate on Australia's energy generation and where it's headed in future. Regardless of where you do fit inside or outside of the debate, things are changing quite a lot. Renewable energy...

Social mix in housing? One size doesn't fit all, as new projects show

Kate Shaw , University of Melbourne A recent suggestion that new housing on inner-city public land should start from a presumption of 100% social housing prompted indignation in government circles. “We can’t condemn another generation of Victorians to live in housing poverty,” huffed the housing minister, Martin Foley. It’s curious, then, that we heard barely a peep about the latest government announcement that the height of an apartment tower...

Is this the end of the West Melbourne skyscraper?

To be fair, there isn't a particularly large number of genuine skyscrapers planned for West Melbourne, yet should a new structure plan for 3003 be ratified, the likes of 420 Spencer Street seen below will be the exceptions and not the norm. The West Melbourne Structure Plan (WMSP) last night went before the Future Melbourne (Planning) Committee at City of Melbourne with the intent of seeking endorsement prior to a period of community and...

Home ownership remains strong in Australia but it masks other problems: Census data

Wendy Stone , Swinburne University of Technology ; Margaret Reynolds , Swinburne University of Technology , and Terry Burke , Swinburne University of Technology The great Australia dream of owning your own home is still alive despite the various problems plaguing housing affordability, new Census data shows. Even though the overall home ownership trend remains strong, it’s masking other issues. The latest 2016 Census data assesses what the...

Get used to your commute: data confirms houses near jobs are too expensive

Rachel Ong , Curtin University ; Christopher Phelps , Curtin University ; Gavin Wood , RMIT University , and Steven Rowley , Curtin University Australia’s capital cities are getting more and more units, that are largely concentrated and come with a hefty price tag, a new report shows . And while these areas also have lots of jobs, the high price for houses means many on low incomes won’t be able to access that employment. Between 2006 and 2014,...

Event: Transforming Housing in 2017 Summit

Calling all developers interested in affordable housing, the University of Melbourne's Transforming Housing network is set to host the Transforming Housing in 2017 Summit on Friday 2nd June. The summit organisers would particularly like to hear from developers who have a genuine interest in delivering affordable and social housing. Please use the form below to register your interest. About the summit The event, hosted by the University of...

Victorian budget 2017: more new trams and trains on the way

Yesterday's budget contained a not-so-insignificant amount allocated to the procurement of more rail vehicles for both the tram network and the regional V/Line network. $218.1 million has been set aside to order 10 more E-class trams on top of the 20 that were announced and ordered in last year's budget. The tranche of 50 E-class trams that were from the original order have now all been delivered and Bombardier are now working on the next...

A new planning framework charts Broadmeadows road to future success

The path Broadmeadows and surrounds will take in order to become a successful urban renewal showcase has become all the more clearer. The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) and Hume City Council have released the draft Greater Broadmeadows framework plan that, in time, will guide the area's transition from a somewhat maligned suburb to a precinct that can fully realise its potential. Key to Broadmeadows’ renewal and growth are a handful of major...

Affordable housing, finger-pointing politics and possible policy solutions

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. The issues have to do with the complexity and scale of the affordability problems and possible policies discussed in Conversation articles since January 2016. As it...

Stumbling into the future: living with the legacy of the great infrastructure sell-off

Phillip O'Neill , Western Sydney University This is the fourth article in The Conversation's series Making Cities Work . It considers the problems of providing critical infrastructure and how we might produce the innovations and reforms needed to meet 21st-century needs and challenges. The privatisation of urban infrastructure in Australia is an ironic story. The vehicles of urban infrastructure – the utilities and the state-owned enterprises –...

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Development & Planning

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 12:00
A developer new to the Urban Melbourne Project Database is seeking a berth within the bustling West Melbourne apartment scene. 137-157 Adderley Street as a tri-fronted 1,606sqm site headed to planning during May on behalf of Auburn Land Group.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Friday, July 28, 2017 - 00:00
It's big, it's complex, it has many moving parts and the debate has been raging for a long while now. Escalating energy prices, our commitment to international agreements on emissions reduction and political inaction have all played a part in an at times ugly debate on Australia's energy generation and where it's headed in future.

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

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 08:00
Student accommodation and design prowess don't necessarily go hand in hand, in fact many of Melbourne's dated student accommodation buildings are an affront to the senses. Generally very repetitive in every aspect of their design, very few cut through and resonate with a sense of design nous.

Sustainability & Environment

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 12:00
The greening of Southbank is a step closer to reality following the endorsement of the draft concept plan for Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street by the Future Melbourne Committee on Tuesday, 18 July, 2017.