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The Anstey precinct failing at a basic level

In one of our very early articles, Urban Melbourne covered what we refer to as the Anstey precinct : a tract of land adjoining Anstey Station which was and continues to be subsumed by proposed and under construction mid-rise apartment developments. Now the best part of two years on, the former industrial pocket nestled in behind Sydney Road has seen enough redevelopment to pass comment on the respective successes or failures of the area. There's...

Giving something back > 12 Duckett Street, Brunswick

Here at Urban Melbourne we consider Anstey precinct in Brunswick to be the vanguard in terms of middle-ring, higher density urban regeneration. Wedged between the Upfield rail line and Sydney Road, the area until recently was dominated by low-rise industrial premises. Anstey was subject to two articles on Urban Melbourne last year: "Anstey in Development" and "This little piggy went to market (on his fixie)" . While both articles were supportive...

Lucky number 13 - new developments in the pipeline

First off a proposal of huge proportions relative to its surrounds. Developer Meydan Group is running with the image below on their website for an intended mixed use development located in Fawkner. Seemingly on the western flank of the Hume Highway and near Gowrie Station, the proposal seeks a 15 level mixed use development with retail components, office space and 120+ apartments included. On a stretch of the Hume dominated by car dealerships...

Anstey in Development

As a follow-up piece to my recent Anstey in Colour piece, today we'll dissect the growing number of apartment buildings surrounding Anstey Station and the subsequent change in the area's urban character. Below the reader will find more questions than answers, designed to provoke thought more than anything else. Firstly though a brief outline of the area's recent and ongoing renewal into an apartment enclave. View Anstey in Development in a...

Anstey in colour

Anstey Station - a few short years ago I would have required a map and compass to find it, yet now the surrounding area could be considered the crux of all that is good and bad with higher density development in Melbourne. By way of Anstey Square (completed 2010) and subsequent apartment developments, I've wandered through with camera many times over to discover there was far more to this area than meets the eye. Anstey carries a certain...

Is this Melbourne's best new residential development?

7 Florence St, aka The Commons is a development of 24 apartments over five levels abutting Anstey Station, Brunswick. Designed by Brunswick firm Breathe Architects for developer Small Giants, it carries a list of ESD features as long as it is impressive, they include: An incredible 8-star energy rating. Solar power & solar hot water. Hydronic heating system. Rooftop garden and communal vegetable patch, acting as insulation for the building...

Development & Planning

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 06:00
Vicinity Centres, operator of The Glen, gained a decisive win last week with City of Monash deciding to issue a Notice of Decision that will allow the operator to considerably boost the number of apartments it has planned as part of its wide-ranging redevelopment of the Glen Waverley shopping complex.

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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Transport & Design

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 08:30
The recent approval of Sterling Global 's mixed-use tower at 383 La Trobe Street adds to the influx of towers with international influence leaving their mark not only on Melbourne's skyline, but the city's streetscapes. The $700 million mixed-use tower, a collaboration between French design architect Ateliers Jean Nouvel and local Australian executive architect Architectus, has been designed with people at its core.

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).