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Flight paths and tall buildings in Melbourne explained

Earlier this year issues regarding the impact that flights paths around Melbourne's airports and development of tall buildings in central Melbourne were raised following the then approval of Australia 108 tower which at 388 metres high would have been the tallest building in Melbourne and the Southern Hemisphere. Since this issue was initially raised there has been a lot of confusion and misunderstanding in relation to how airspace restrictions...

Conversations with Matthew Guy, Episode II - In the Zone

Following on from Alastair's article on Monday , Urban Melbourne continues its coverage of the Plan Melbourne Strategy by today taking a look at the Reformed Zones, particularly the new Residential Zones - setting the scene for what is effectively Part 2 of our interview with Planning Minister Matthew Guy. July 1st 2013 saw the introduction of five new zones across the state - Residential Growth Zone, General Residential Zone, Neighbourhood...

Matthew Guy on the MPA, Transport advice and PANS-OPS

As the first in a series of articles revolving around an interview held with State Planning Minister Matthew Guy in the wake of the Plan Melbourne strategy release, today's article centres around the Metropolitan Planning Authority (MPA) which was similarly launched last week; as a successor to the Growth Areas Authority . Whilst still in its infancy, the Metropolitan Planning Authority's website carries the following description: The MPA has...

EcoDenCity for Sydney, following in the footsteps of Vancouver

Read Editor Alastair Taylor's blog post on the parallels that can be drawn on the EcoDenCity initiative in Sydney and the Planning Zone reforms currently underway in Victoria here . A new initiative by Urban Taskforce Australia seeks to address the issues in housing Sydney's diverse and growing communities. Named EcoDenCity, it echoes many aspects of the approach Vancouver took in the last decade to address its growth. In June 2006, the then...

We're Goin' Up Around The Bend

"Catch a ride to the end of the highway. And we'll meet by the big red tree. There's a place up ahead and I'm goin'. Come along, come along with me" These lyrics are synonymous with US rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival's Up Around the Bend but would also seem equally at home in the Napthine Government's Draft vision for Fishermans Bend. Released on Monday the draft signals the beginning of the community consultation process (which runs...

Reformed planning zones: City of Moreland

The City of Moreland has been busy drafting new zones made possible by the Planning Minister's state-wide planning zone reform and has kicked off a mail & online campaign to get its residents engaged on the proposed new residential zones their strategic planners have drafted. At first glance. Moreland have been quite liberal in their proposal now open for public comment - click here to view the dedicated site and full supporting document...

Transforming Australian Cities - a must read

Update: 30/8/13. Kevin Rudd has announced if the ALP are re-elected on September 7th, they will establish a Minister for Cities. We welcome Federal Leadership in cities and hope everyone who views the following lecture walks away with the same impression we did: increasing density in appropriate areas - distributed thoughtout entire metros - increases localised economic opportunity away from the central cores of Australia's cities. If we're to...

The Human Scale

Since beginning his work during the early 1960's, Danish architect and founding partner of Gehl Architects, Jahn Gehl has long been regarded as a person that appreciates the human element within the public realm of our cities. Gehl, along with his wife, often documented these human behaviours and interactions in order to gain a real world understanding of human interaction. This appreciation has lead to Gehl penning many books and receiving...

The National Rental Affordability Scheme explained

Across Australia, housing our growing population in areas close to centres of employment, essential services and desirable amenities is becoming increasingly difficult to do in an affordable way - as a result people tend to seek more affordable areas to live further away resulting in longer commutes, less time for people to spend with families or on social activities. Providing additional amenity in these areas usually takes a long time and...

1200 buildings and counting....

UrbanMelbourne.info will always be on the look out for, and champion policies or initiatives by business' and government's alike that promote sustainability and efficient energy use. The City of Melbourne has been proactive in encouraging a host of initiatives with the aim of making Melbourne a more sustainable place to live and work. One Council initiative of particular interest is the 1200 Buildings program which aims to encourage and support...

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Development & Planning

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 12:00
First covered on Urban Melbourne just a tick over 3 years ago, Golden Age Group's Victoria One has achieved a significant milestone with head contractor Probuild topping out the core at a height of 271m AHD and in the process claiming the title of the tallest structure in the Melbourne CBD.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 12:00
Two important stories which traverse both transport and housing topic areas were highlighted on Urban Melbourne this week. The news that the medium and high-density components of Williams Landing will ramp up highlight what some might gloss over but what I think is the correct 'order' of doing things: the rail station is built first, developers then piggyback off the new infrastructure second.

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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Sustainability & Environment

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 12:00
Two of City of Melbourne's key urban design initiatives are in the starters gates, with Lord Major Robert Doyle yesterday providing further information on the pair. As of next month, the long-awaited upgrade to the southern end of Elizabeth Street will begin.