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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, August 16, 2017 - 07:00
The changing built form landscape within City of Yarra may well be nudged once more down the commercial path as plans are assessed for a sizebale development of the Kia/Patersons site at 198-242 Burnley Street, Richmond. Council is deliberating over a plan which would create four separate office buildings that would hold an accumulated GFA of approximately 40,000sqm and support 800-1000 full time jobs.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 12:00
Carolyn Whitzman , University of Melbourne Liveability is an increasingly important goal of Australian planning policy. And creating cities where residents can get to most of the services they need within 20 to 30 minutes has been proposed, at both federal and state level, as a key liveability-related mechanism.

Visual Melbourne

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 12:00
Part Three follows on from the Part One: Yarra's Edge and Part Two: Victoria Harbour. The focus of today's piece will be NewQuay and Harbour Town, the northern most precincts within Docklands. NewQuay NewQuay was the first precinct to open way back in 2003 and has probably evolved the most.

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Transport & Design

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 12:00
Michael Buxton , RMIT University In Sydney and Melbourne, the squeeze is on. Population is booming; house prices are still rising; roads and trains are congested. Australian governments generally have ignored the benefits of relating metropolitan and regional planning. However, some state governments are now investigating more integrated sectoral and spatial planning strategies, initially through shifting public sector jobs to regional centres.

Sustainability & Environment

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 12:00
The greening of Southbank is a step closer to reality following the endorsement of the draft concept plan for Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street by the Future Melbourne Committee on Tuesday, 18 July, 2017.