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What a difference a month makes, but Victoria can still do more to get housing and planning right

Katrina Raynor , University of Melbourne and Carolyn Whitzman , University of Melbourne The need for more affordable housing close to public transport and services is acute in Melbourne. Inner Melbourne has experienced a 74% increase in rough sleeping in the past two years . This is perhaps the most visible outcome of the lack of affordable housing options. Only 1% of advertised rental properties in the metropolitan area are affordable for...

Owner-occupiers prioritised over investors in Spring Street's new housing policy direction

Changes to first home buyer incentives, alteration of the relationship between stamp duty and off-the-plan purchases, a new vacant housing tax and re-prioritising owner-occupiers over investors are all crystallised in Spring Street's Homes for Victorians . Having spent its first two years in government resetting planning & development market fundamentals through initiatives like Capital City Zone reforms and the structure planning process...

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...

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Development & Planning

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 12:00
High-rise development sites number four and five have come under the microscope along Box Hill's Prospect Street, further pushing its credentials as the suburb's next major apartment strip. Running parallel to Whitehorse Road, Prospect Street is "in an area inviting substantially increased intensity of use and activities consistent with an increased urbanisation." Latest into the limelight is 34-36 Prospect Street which is a major residential tower on behalf of ZL Prospect Pty Ltd.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 12:00
The amount of construction in Melbourne's central city is reaching fever pitch with a number of large scale towers either topping out or rising out of the ground, forever changing the face of the city. But that's not what today's article is about.

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.