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Victoria Walks launches crowdsourcing campaign: opinions on walking around Melbourne

Victoria Walks, a walking promotion charity supported by VicHeath, is leading a crowdsourcing initiative that is supported by the State Government and 14 councils. The campaign aims to collect and analyse opinions on walking right across the Melbourne metropolitan area. The authorities are asking people to indicate their walking safety concerns through an interactive online map on CrowdSpot's platform. "This is the first time the CrowdSpot...

More from less? Yes, with timber structures

Melbourne’s sustainable development requires urban infill, especially less intrusive mid-rise buildings and vertical extensions, which often provide the best value: location, floorplans, views, acoustic and thermal efficiency… but also a quick delivery and an easier customization can make a difference. Considering the new Better Apartment Design Standards, how is it possible to get “more from less” in this boosting yet highly competitive market...

The cost efficiency of mid-rise timber structures

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). The population of Melbourne is growing at the...

The grass can be greener on the cityside

There has been a noticeable shift towards providing quality green public amenity in major cities, leading to more resilient cities which are capable of addressing future challenges such as population growth, increased density, climate change and the desire for more communal recreational spaces. The benefits of providing these spaces are considerable in improving the quality of urban environments; from reducing temperatures in cities (the heat...
Meyers Place Concept. Image: City of Melbourne

City of Melbourne's Green Your Laneway initiative moves forward

The City of Melbourne's Green Laneways program is entering the next phase of its implementation with the release of concept designs for four laneways which form the pilot project. The four pilot laneways were selected earlier this year to be the very first laneways of the Green Your Laneway pilot program following the initial phase of community engagement . With over two hundred laneways in the central city, totaling nearly nine hectares, the...

Southbank street life flourishes under the new Melbourne Conservatorium of Music proposal

The proposed new Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM) on Sturt Street is shaping to become much more than a cutting edge venue. While the project has been given coverage to date across a range of mediums, very little has been said regarding the project playing an integral part in the wider push to enliven the Arts Precinct and Southbank as a whole. With plans for the $105 million complex now on display, it's an apt time to explore the...

CoM's open space agenda receives a boost with plans unveiled for two projects

City of Melbourne (CoM) have ramped up their push to create additional public open space in two key locations. Announcements were made last week regarding a significant stretch of Southbank and Carlton's University Square. Both intended developments are now available for viewing and comment via Participate Melbourne , Council's online platform which allows the community to better understand and contribute to the decisions that shape the inner...

171 Collins Street achieves a 6 Star Victorian first

Three years after its completion, 171 Collins Street has achieved a milestone by becoming the first building in Victoria to notch a 6 Star NABERS Energy rating. In doing so it becomes only the second commercial office buildings in Australia to gain the rating. Jointly owned by Cbus Property and Charter Hall, 171 Collins Street's gong is in line with the objectives of City of Melbourne's concerted sustainable building push which in part...

Sustainability in the commercial sphere: RotheLowman's Michael Banak talks to Urban Melbourne

In light of Michael Banak's recent appointment to the role of Principal at national design firm RotheLowman, Urban Melbourne thought it an opportune time to chat with the Michael given his extensive credentials in sustainable workplace design. Holding a membership with the Green Building Council of Australia and accreditation as a Green Star professional, Michael Banak also participated in the Australian Institute of Architects’ mentoring...

Some relief from an otherwise boxy outcome

Box Hill is booming - no surprise there. Yet Box Hill's most recent project to be advertised has raised an interesting question - has the heart of the suburb become a victim of its own rapid high-density success via a lack of foresight? The question has been prompted by the emergence of 16-22 Wellington Street which is yet another residential tower seeking its place in Box Hill. The difference arises with project architect Elenberg Fraser's...

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Development & Planning

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 07:00
After years of stagnation in the Geelong hotel sector, Victoria's second city will soon welcome a new hotel as Franzé Developments unveils its intentions to turn a Geelong CBD site into new short stay accommodation. Acquired for $7 million and spanning 2,700sqm, the site located at 44 Ryrie Street was purchased off market.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 12:00
In January a review by former police commissioner Neil Comrie found that the Melbourne Youth Justice Centre (MYJC) in Parkville was no longer fit for purpose. The facility which first opened at the site in 1955 has now reached the end of its useful life as a juvenile detention centre.

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, April 26, 2017 - 12:00
Comment The clock keeps ticking. And it's not going away anytime soon. I'm of course talking about land transport to and from Melbourne Airport, or more to the point our over-reliance on the road network to transport both passengers and employees to and from the airport terminals and the many businesses located nearby.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 13:00
Victoria Walks, a walking promotion charity supported by VicHeath, is leading a crowdsourcing initiative that is supported by the State Government and 14 councils. The campaign aims to collect and analyse opinions on walking right across the Melbourne metropolitan area. The authorities are asking people to indicate their walking safety concerns through an interactive online map on CrowdSpot's platform.