Melbourne's MPavilion is launched today

Located in the Queen Victoria Gardens, MPavilion will officially be opened today with the event to be defined by its temporary architectural structure. Following in the footsteps of Sean Godsell Architects' 2014 commission , British design firm AL_A have produced this year's pavilion which will stand until the event's completion in February 2016. Each year over a stretch of four years, an architect will be commissioned to design a temporary...
ASSEMBLE SurveyLead Image © Alice Oehr

ASSEMBLE Small Footprint Living Survey

Debate continues within the industry regarding apartment design standards and how best to tackle the issue, as touched on during our interview with Milieu's Michael McCormack. Our friends at Assemble have taken it upon themselves to go the extra mile and have conceived a highly detailed survey by asking people what their expectations of apartment design are based on their lifestyles, needs and desires. The findings of the survey will form the basis of a report that Assemble will submit to the State Government as part of the consultation process.
Fieldwork/Assemble Studio, Northcote. © Fieldwork

Up-and-comers: Fieldwork + Assemble in the spotlight

With the constant negative media focus on high-rise projects and the poor design of some apartments I thought it an opportune time to focus on a practice working at a smaller scale and with an impressive growing body of work: Fieldwork . A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to meet with Fieldwork and Assemble Directors Ben Keck and Quino Holland at their studio in Northcote, to discuss their ever expanding portfolio and design philosophies. I...

Development & Planning

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 12:00
As indicated in Urban Melbourne's article on commercial development , site works have commenced on the Two Melbourne Quarter site, which forms part of the greater Melbourne Quarter development being delivered by Lendlease within the Docklands precinct. This has coincided with Lendlease securing EnergyAustralia as the anchor tenant for Two Melbourne Quarter and signing a development agreement to commence construction in earnest.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 13:00
The Victorian Government has announced it will ban the use of aluminium cladding panels that have a polyethylene core of more than 30% and expanded polystyrene will also be banned on buildings with 3 or more levels. The changes were announced by the Planning Minister, Richard Wynne, on Saturday morning along with new guidelines for building surveyors.

Visual Melbourne

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 12:00
The various spaces and elements which combine to form RMIT's New Academic Street (NAS) have progressively begun to open to students and visitors alike. I was recently fortunate enough to be part of an informal group tour through the completed spaces within NAS, led by Harrison and White which had a hand in the project.

Transport & Design

Sustainability & Environment