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Architecture

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...

Top down versus bottom up architecture

For folks who aren’t architects (like me), we don’t give much thought to building design. We blissfully carry out our lives in and around structures. I’ve had the privilege recently to try to understand how a building takes shape during the design process. I’ve discovered that there seem to be 2 methods at either ends the same spectrum. Top-down and bottom-up. Each has an profound affect on not only the designs an architect produces but also how...

Hayball enters the ranks of the World Architecture top 100 for 2015

Urban Melbourne spoke with Hayball Managing Director Tom Jordan upon the practice's recent entry into the World Architecture top 100 . While exploring the factors which led to this achievement, various other topics such as current projects and future aspirations were discussed during an interview with Laurence Dragomir. LD: The World Architecture 100 is based on data gathered via survey, ranking the biggest practices globally. What is your/the...

Romanticizing Architecture

Describing romanticism is difficult; I seek to find beauty not only in people but in everything around me. Behavioral studies that attempt to understand the romanticism of objects and environments are both intriguing and complex. Psychology demonstrates that to romanticize non-human entities is to render them worthy of moral care and consideration, and to find a meaningful, personal connection with them. Neuroscience research indicates that we...

Casey Cultural Precinct comes up with the goods

I didn't expect to be writing about a momentous project in the municipality I spent my Secondary School days and most weekends, however this is most certainly warranted. I must admit I was pleasantly surprised when perusing our forum and in particular a thread created by Urban Melbourne member Fedsquared featuring the new Casey Cultural Precinct . After a 6 month design competition with finalists including Ashton Raggatt McDougall, DCM and John...

The St Kilda way

Recently Urban Melbourne looked at the generally high quality of its contemporary apartment building designs throughout Port Melbourne , but well, that was the entrée - as today we give an overview to the heavyweight that is St Kilda. Highly popular due to its setting, a beacon for the trendy, the wealthy and the... lucky, St Kilda will always lend itself to high quality apartment projects. Developers realise higher off the plan prices are...

Public Transport + Architecture = Seagull on a hot chip; thoughts on Flinders Street Station competition entries

Yesterday the Premier revealed the six short-listed designs in the $1million competition for Flinders Street Station's future. Despite the predictable yarn from the public transport advocates who have an inability to think beyond their next gunzelesque rant (refer to tweet) the amount of people engaging with the people's choice competition has been outstanding. Of course, first step towards.making the trains run on time is ensuring the station...

Republic Tower, the underrated gem

Corner Queen and La Trobe Streets, Melbourne, 3000. 1997-2001 Katsalidis Architects (Nonda Katsalidis). Rising 122m, The Republic Tower is very prominent on Latrobe Street. The Republic Tower is a very striking 35 storey brutalist styled skyscraper with the sculptural shape of an armour-clad samurai warrior. Built from off-form concrete, stainless steel and glass, this building consists of mainly apartments and some retail space. Most of the...

Development & Planning

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 00:00
With the release of Infrastructure Victoria’s first ever 30-year infrastructure strategy, the state is set to discuss the draft’s proposed developments and projects before the review of the final strategy in parliament in late 2016. The blueprint aims to address areas in need of improvement including congestion and housing.

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).