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Habitat III is over, but will its New Urban Agenda transform the world's cities?

The New Urban Agenda was officially adopted in Quito, Ecuador in the last plenary of the Habitat III conference. The agenda provides a 20-year “roadmap” to guide sustainable urban development globally. The text of the New Urban Agenda itself was agreed well before Habitat III at the UN General Assembly in September, during an extraordinary informal negotiation session that lasted for more than 30 hours.

iCities: World Class CBDs conference kicks off Monday 24th

On Monday 24th of October, the iCities: World Class CBDs series conference kicks off. First held in Kuala Lumpur, this year's conference is to be held at the Langham Hotel on Southbank. iCities is owned and operated by iProperty Group, a network property under the REA Group umbrella brand. Over two days, the conference will focus on the importance of city development and the opportunities to innovate and integrate the infrastructure of a city,...

Richard Wynne to speak on design policy at MPavilion this evening

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne will speak later on today at MPavilion as part of a discussion regarding Melbourne's architectural design and the policy which guides it. The event is set for a 6:15pm start this evening, and is free for those wanting to attend. In light of recent discussion surrounding apartment design standards, the direction of Fishermans Bend and so on, Minister Wynne's attendance for the event titled High Density...

What to do with the extra Port of Melbourne proceeds? A wishlist

Victoria's treasury after October 31st will have a large injection of cash with the announcement on Monday that the Port of Melbourne has been leased to the Lonsdale Consortium on a 50-year term. The lease that the Lonsdale Consortium, comprised of organisations QIC , GIP , OMERS and the Future Fund , has signed is worth more than $9.7 billion to the state and to top it off, more money on top of the sale value is expected to flow to the...

Habitat III: the biggest conference you’ve probably never heard of

Hayley Henderson , University of Melbourne ; Alexei Trundle , University of Melbourne ; André Stephan , University of Melbourne ; Hesam Kamalipour , University of Melbourne , and Melanie Lowe , University of Melbourne More than 25,000 delegates will meet in Quito, Ecuador, in October to set out the United Nations' New Urban Agenda for member states. The Habitat III conference will mandate the UN’s work in cities and settlements for the next 20...

VPELA seminar – is a better apartment better if you can’t afford it?

Last week Collie staff members attended a VPELA seminar that focused on the Better Apartments Draft Design Standards that were released recently by the Minister for Planning. Four guest speakers with different areas of expertise and from a range of companies including David Lock Associates, Ark Resources, MAA Architects and Grocon shared their thoughts on the draft design standards. In relation to side and rear setbacks, a standard requires...

Changes to Bushfire Management Overlay: peri-urban areas

State wide changes to the Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO) mapping and the State Planning Policy Framework - Bushfire are proposed to be introduced via a Ministerial amendment shortly. The peri-urban areas of Melbourne will be affected by the updated BMO mapping and in some municipalities, the areas mapped within the BMO will be reduced, while in other municipalities new areas will be included in the BMO. These long anticipated changes to the...

UNSW's free online course 'Re-enchanting the city: designing the human habitat' starts next week

Do you work in the urban industry, but not directly in a design or planning role? Are you interested in how humans might design a city for 'an ultra-green, ultra-urban' future? Are you thinking of a career change and looking to wet your appetite in the city-making space? Are you interested to learn more about the development process? Then this massive open online course , 'Re-enchanting the city: designing the human habitat', run by the...

C270 on show: the case studies of 42 Moray Street and 130 Little Collins Street

Two evidentiary documents published by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) in recent times have provided insight into the effects of Amendment C270 upon key proposed development sites. Located in both Southbank and the CBD, either site would be considerably hamstrung in terms of the project size and subsequent design outcomes, should the respective developers choose to proceed with their potential projects. With...

Tall tales and Sydney's slump in the skyscraper stakes

It's intriguing to take note of how differing interests play out in the Australian property development industry. In stark contrast to Sydney's regimented planning controls which have long been in place and Melbourne's recently overhauled inner-city planning controls which are now in play, Urban Taskforce Australia (UTA) last Friday called for a greater number of taller towers across Australia's major cities. The call was made via UTA's Urban...

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Development & Planning

Friday, December 2, 2016 - 06:00
Almost three years to the day of Urban Melbourne covering Eq. Tower's planning application , ICD Property's 62-storey tower at 127-141 A'Beckett Street has held its topping out ceremony. The event held onsite yesterday coincided with the first round of residents settling on apartments within the Elenberg Fraser designed scraper.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, October 31, 2016 - 09:00
The New Urban Agenda was officially adopted in Quito, Ecuador in the last plenary of the Habitat III conference. The agenda provides a 20-year “roadmap” to guide sustainable urban development globally. The text of the New Urban Agenda itself was agreed well before Habitat III at the UN General Assembly in September, during an extraordinary informal negotiation session that lasted for more than 30 hours.

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”.

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Transport & Design

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 08:30
The recent approval of Sterling Global 's mixed-use tower at 383 La Trobe Street adds to the influx of towers with international influence leaving their mark not only on Melbourne's skyline, but the city's streetscapes. The $700 million mixed-use tower, a collaboration between French design architect Ateliers Jean Nouvel and local Australian executive architect Architectus, has been designed with people at its core.

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).