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Comment: ramifications of the new Melbourne Planning Scheme changes

It has been a week since Planning Minister Richard Wynne introduced significant and immediate changes to central city planning that will inhibit the scope in which much of Southbank and Melbourne's CBD can be developed into the future. In recent days, various sources have sought to analyse the changes applied to the Planning Scheme for the aforementioned areas

An overview of Melbourne's student accommodation projects

Near on 6,000 new beds for tertiary students are currently in development throughout Melbourne. While there are numerous small-scale buildings also on the radar, the 6,000 figure stems from larger developments championed either directly by the education providers or independent accommodation providers. Traditionally ultra-high in density and repetitive in their interior/exterior presentation, existing student accommodation buildings to date have...
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Smith Street Action Group's take on development

Last Thursday Urban Melbourne glossed over 16 separate residential projects within close proximity to, or located on Smith Street which bisects Collingwood and Fitzroy. Later that day we received a press release from the Smith Street Action Group entitled "Rear Window becomes Next Window as Inappropriate Density Invades." A full copy of the media release is available for reading. SSAG's release is worth reading and carries some valid points. "...

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

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 00:00
On 2 January 2017, it was reported that several popular eateries and bars in Footscray had been vandalised, including the perennially successful 8 Bit Burgers on Droop Street, and Up In Smoke on Hopkins Street. 8 Bit had the warm new year's welcome gift of 14 smashed windows and the words “F**k off hipster scum” spray-painted on their entrance.

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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Transport & Design

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).