Guiding Melbourne's Urban Growth - presented by Urban Melbourne

Today we're pleased to announce further details on 'Guiding Melbourne's Urban Growth' - a free event presented by Urban Melbourne and held as part of Melbourne Knowledge Week 2013.

On Friday 1st of November from 6:30pm a panel of five speakers will be giving their thoughts and insight in answer to the following:

If Melbourne is to fulfil its own motto of gaining strength as it grows, planning policy must shift away from the auto-centric low-density suburban growth patterns of the past. Cities which encourage diverse human interaction through policies which enable increased residential and employment densities benefit from increased localised economic and social activity. With the great Australian dream of owning a home becoming increasingly unattainable where spiralling congestion and travel distance to employment and services offset the lower prices of new fringe suburban development, how can Melbourne make medium and high-density living more attractive to individuals and families at a price they can afford?



The speakers

Sarah Backhouse - CEO of prefabAUS

William McDougall - Transport Planner/Principal at Sinclair Knight Merz

Adam Borowski - Development Manager at Small Giants

John Carfi - CEO Residential at Mirvac Group

Laurence Dragomir - Urban Designer and Urban Melbourne writer 


Laurence will provide a synopsis of Fishermans Bend, and as part of his talk will present the only available renders with all planning applications to date included, plus a few other surprises.  A preliminary low resolution sneak peek is seen below

Each speaker will give a 10 minute presentation and following the presentations an audience Q&A session will be held.

The venue is the Village Roadshow Theatrette at the State Library of Victoria.  Entrance is from La Trobe Street entrance 3 (not the main entrance fronting Swanston Street) - click here to see a map of entrances.

Guiding Melbourne's Urban Growth is a free, but ticketed event - to attend, simply click the link below, book and print your ticket and present it upon entry.  Doors open at 6:20pm and we anticipate finishing the Q&A session at 8:15pm

* Please print out your ticket and bring it with you on the night - we will not be admitting anyone without a valid ticket.  

If you can't make it or the session is all booked out by the time you read this - never fear!  Our video partners IMAGEination will be filming the entire event and we'll publish the videos in the following week.

As always, enjoy!


Development & Planning

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:00
The swirl of development activity in Footscray has found another gear as new projects are submitted for approval, or are on the verge of beginning construction. Two separate planning applications have been advertised by Maribyrnong City Council; their subsequent addition to the Urban Melbourne Project Database has seen the overall number of apartment developments within Footscray in development swell to 40.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.

Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.

Transport & Design

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 11:00
Infrastructure Victoria unveiled a new round of research into its larger programme of work dealing with managing transport demand. The authority contracted Arup and KPMG to produce the Melbourne Activity Based Model (MABM) and while it is new, it is considered fit for purpose in the strategic context.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants.