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2016 in review

Today we're heading off on our annual article publishing hiatus. We'll be back to normal article publishing operations in mid-January 2017. 2016 has been the most interesting year yet with our database ballooning to over 1,300 projects, the launch of Development Sites Melbourne , Oh.Yes.Melbourne 's new home on Urban Melbourne, our buyer-friendly Off The Plan landing page kicked off recently and you, our audience, continues to grow (15% since...

Oh.Yes.Melbourne finds a new home on Urban Melbourne

Today we're welcoming the newest addition to the team: Oh Yes Melbourne. Curated by Sydney Struwig, Oh Yes Melbourne (OYM) takes a look at the Melbourne of today and that of yesterday, with a heavy focus on visuals, drawing from Sydney's own extremely large collection of images that grows larger every day. A flâneur with a keen photographic eye roaming around the city, Sydney & OYM will be showcasing Melbourne's urbanity with a focus on the...

2015 in review

Another year is about to slip into the annals of time, although 2015 was more interesting than most from a development perspective. Melbourne's rampant push toward apartment living marched on and it was met for the first time with tangible policy from the current Victorian Government. Urban Melbourne too continues to evolve with 2015 being our third year of existence. The headlines of 2015 No surprises that Planning Minister Richard Wynne's move...

New projects in focus as the Project Database passes 800 listings

The Urban Melbourne project database has passed a milestone 800 listings, with the expectation that 1,000 listings will be reached by year's end. The ever expanding project database has gathered approximately 40 new listings in the last fortnight, with a raft of new (and mostly residential) planning applications collected in recent weeks. Having always been particularly strong in capturing large projects delivered by notable developers, the...

Urban Melbourne Data Portal launch

Following on from a fantastic response to our expression of interest article during mid May , today we are launching the Urban Melbourne Data Portal. After dissecting the feedback from EOI respondents we have slightly altered course from our original direction as outlined in the May article in order to provide a more dynamic product. Rather than have us send a database export in a comma separated file format, subscribers will instead now have...

Call for expressions of interest: Urban Melbourne Project Database subscription

For over two years, Urban Melbourne's project database has been the destination for tracking urban development across metropolitan Melbourne. This information will never be placed behind a paywall, as the data is too important to be locked up. We have received multiple requests for raw project data to be made available in more easily manipulable formats for analytic purposes, and with an eye toward taking the project database to the next level, today we're putting out a broad call for expressions of interest in a new subscription-based data product

Urban Melbourne's Project Database booms

Since resuming normal operations post the festive period, Urban Melbourne's project database has averaged one additional new project entry per day during 2015. Updated existing entries aside, no less than 50 new residential projects have taken their place within the database. While a select few new developments added during 2015 are either at sales or under construction, the vast majority of new listings are either seeking or have recently...

Introducing a new section: Urban Living

Urban Melbourne will tomorrow unveil a category for our new home page titled Urban Living which will showcase the latest Melbourne apartment project releases, many of which will be found here on Urban Melbourne prior to public release in conjunction with Apartment Register. The new Urban Living section will aggregate project launch editorials from any developer or sales agent which has entered into a contract to purchase one of Urban Melbourne's...

2015 ushers in changes at Urban Melbourne

Welcome back to all our readers as we begin another year at Urban Melbourne. The team have been hard at work over the festive season, facilitating a number of changes that will be borne out during the early stages of 2015 which are designed to take the website to a new level. First and foremost you may have noticed a new domain name, with urban.melbourne our new address. Coupled with our rolling out of offtheplan.melbourne in the not too distant...

Apartment Register and Urban Melbourne - it's just the beginning

A joint venture between Alamar AV Communications Pty Ltd, publisher of Urban Melbourne and My Real Estate Mate takes effect today with the latter's Apartment Register platform now a permanent feature on Urban Melbourne. The joint venture will operate for the express purpose of allowing those who register to hold first priority pick of new apartment developments, gain and attend exclusive previews for apartment projects prior to public launch and...

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Development & Planning

Monday, January 16, 2017 - 00:00
Hoardings advertising Airport West's first high density apartment project have been removed, as the site heads back to planning with the intention of becoming the suburb's first high-rise development. Dubbed Alfa Apartments to date, the build would have seen retail tenancies and 50 plus apartments over five levels, on the corner of Matthews Avenue and Webb Road.

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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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).