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A new Jewel in the Crowne along Northbank?

With a sizeable amount of development activity expected to occur in the immediate area over the next few years, it's an appropriate time to have a look at one of Melbourne's eyesores. Collins Square, Melbourne Quarter, North Wharf (not shown in model) and the former Convention Centre site are at varying stages of development, Crowne Plaza to my thinking should be next in line. Keep in mind these concepts are very high level and have been...

Addressing Elizabeth Street: Melbourne Central (part one)

11 years after the ARM designed refurbishment works for centre owners GPT / Lend Lease were completed, the landscape of the northern quadrant of the Melbourne CBD has changed significantly. Cranes and construction currently dominate the northern reaches of Elizabeth Street as a number of skyscrapers begin their skyward ascent. Forest of towers to come. One element of the refurbished Melbourne Central that bothered me when it reopened and...

RMIT students propose pop-up activation for Docklands

Always a point of conjecture amongst many a Melburnian, Docklands has become the area of interest for a group of students from RMIT University’s Master of Arts (Art in Public Space) program who have launched an eBook that showcases visions that were conceived and designed to activate open spaces around Docklands' Harbour Esplanade spine. The students spent weeks researching the design, construction and formation of Docklands and analysing the...
QVM precinct lead

Development scenarios: Munro site and Queen Victoria Market

With the recent announcement of a final shortlist for the Munro site development within the Queen Victoria Market (QVM) precinct, it is an opportune time to revisit the development potential of both sites and how they fit within the larger scope of development within CBD North one year after the City of Melbourne purchased the site . Melbourne-based developer PDG Group has emerged as the final short-listed bidder vying for the right to develop a...

Has Melbourne's High Line gone off the rails?

Slightly over three years ago City of Melbourne revealed its ambitions for a 'High Line' based loosely on New York's highly successful and popular adaptive re-use of its High Line: an elevated community-run public park. At a cost of $6 million, City of Melbourne was to invest $3 million into the project with the remainder to come from the Australian Government's Liveable City's Program Fund. New York High Line. © Iwan Baan It would create a...

Have your say: which site should Urban Melbourne devise a concept for next?

Urban Melbourne celebrated its second birthday this month. This is an opportune time to reflect on the past two years and look to the future. With that in mind, let's take a trip down memory lane with some of my concept designs for various sites around Melbourne. Following this, I will open the floor to our readers to suggest ideas or concepts they'd like to see for a site or building; for example, Central Pier or development over the railyards...

Federation Square East: an Urban Ecologies perspective

Peruse the Federation Square East website and the shutters have been put up in accordance with the caretaker conventions of the forthcoming State election. Expressions of interest for the 3.3 hectare site have been open for slightly over two months, and as is the case with such pursuits, public information is scant although the parameters for the EOI campaign are anything but. We have covered a number of conceptual designs for the site which...
The paper tiger finds its claws.

Taking a Punt at Tigerland

I once again delve into the Laurence Dragomir RMIT School of Architecture and Design archive today, this time focusing on a Punt Road oval rebirth from way back in 2008. Part of a design studio titled "Football, Meatpies and Holden Cars" it was run by RRR's The Architects very own Christine Phillips and centred around the redevelopment of Punt Road alongside the point where Suters Architects were developing their scheme which has since been...
East Gate - A vision for Fed Square East and beyond...

Fed Square East: Some food for thought (Part Two)

Following on from part one is the conclusion to the two part-icle that is by comparison a contrast in scale and ambition to yesterday's more modest offering and a far more commercially driven scheme. Featured as part of a submission I entered for the IAAC 's 3rd Advanced Architecture Contest entitled The Self Sufficient City: Envisioning the Habitat of the Future . I was fortunate enough to have my entry included in the accompanying publication...

Fed Square East: Some food for thought (Part One)

A couple of weeks ago Urban Melbourne touched on some design requirements that would define Fed Square East , prior to the release of the Expression of Interest campaign on September 15th. In a two-part-icle (yes I just invented a new term) piece I jump in a time machine and travel back to my university days to take a look at two different schemes I developed during the course of my studies at RMIT. Each sets out to achieve various objectives...

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Development & Planning

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 06:15
A litmus test beckons for Reservoir as the suburb's largest apartment release becomes reality. The Plenty Residences at 830 Plenty Road has progressed to marketing, with the release of the first stage of the project's 347 dwellings across the site which sits atop the Summerhill Village Precinct.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 12:00
Two important stories which traverse both transport and housing topic areas were highlighted on Urban Melbourne this week. The news that the medium and high-density components of Williams Landing will ramp up highlight what some might gloss over but what I think is the correct 'order' of doing things: the rail station is built first, developers then piggyback off the new infrastructure second.

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, June 28, 2017 - 12:00
South Yarra’s latest development is about to strike a blow for excellent and inclusive urban realm design...and not before time. As far back as 2014 and 2015 , Urban Melbourne has highlighted the runaway success of South Yarra's Forrest Hill urban renewal precinct.

Sustainability & Environment

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 12:00
Two of City of Melbourne's key urban design initiatives are in the starters gates, with Lord Major Robert Doyle yesterday providing further information on the pair. As of next month, the long-awaited upgrade to the southern end of Elizabeth Street will begin.