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Melbourne to host the Australian Smart Skyscraper Summit in March 2017

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. It also seeks to provide infrastructure to increase Victorian’s access to essential services such as jobs and education in...

iCities: World Class CBDs conference kicks off Monday 24th

On Monday 24th of October, the iCities: World Class CBDs series conference kicks off. First held in Kuala Lumpur, this year's conference is to be held at the Langham Hotel on Southbank. iCities is owned and operated by iProperty Group, a network property under the REA Group umbrella brand. Over two days, the conference will focus on the importance of city development and the opportunities to innovate and integrate the infrastructure of a city,...

Richard Wynne to speak on design policy at MPavilion this evening

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne will speak later on today at MPavilion as part of a discussion regarding Melbourne's architectural design and the policy which guides it. The event is set for a 6:15pm start this evening, and is free for those wanting to attend. In light of recent discussion surrounding apartment design standards, the direction of Fishermans Bend and so on, Minister Wynne's attendance for the event titled High Density...

White Night Melbourne 2016

Once again Melbourne’s all night festival of art, music and light projections has delighted hundreds of thousands in Melbourne’s CBD. The 2016 edition of White Night is the fourth time that it has been run in Melbourne. After only a few years the cultural event has clearly been readily accepted as an important part of Melbourne’s busy events calendar The biggest highlights this year were dominated by Melbourne’s top architectural masterpieces...

VPELA seminar 9th November: VCAT's Nightingale decision, car parking and the future of sustainable development

The Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association (VPELA) in conjunction with Ratio Consultants have organised a seminar titled "Where we're going, we don't need roads? VCAT's Nightingale decision, car parking and the future of sustainable development", to be held on Monday 9th of November. The seminar will be held at the Treasury Theatre, lower level, Treasury Building at 5:15pm for a 5:30pm start. Just before Back to the Future's 2015...

Open House Melbourne Speaker Series: Better Living Forum

It wouldn't be a typical week on Urban Melbourne of late if there was no mention of better apartment living and apartment design standards. As part of Open House Melbourne 2015's Speaker Series, Deakin Edge at Federation Square is hosting a who's who of experts who will participate in the Better Living forum on the subject of the State Government's Better Apartments discussion paper. The recently released Better Apartments discussion paper by...

Melbourne International Design Week: Urban Melbourne's choice events

Melbourne International Design Week is upon us again, showcasing the best of international design excellence coupled with numerous presentations from forward thinking industry participants. The event seeks to "Give everyone the opportunity to be inspired by the benefits of outstanding design for our lives and our economy." Highlighting the role of design as a catalyst for innovation, Melbourne International Design Week provides the most...

Melbourne Urban Design Meetup #3: The ethos and business model behind Nightingale

Following on from the first Melbourne Urban Design Meetup (MUDM) during February, Queens Collective at 20 Queen Street hosted the third MUDM event where James Legge of Six Degrees Architects gave a presentation on the design and business model that brought The Commons to fruition, and so too shortly The Nightingale located at 6 Florence Street, Brunswick. Beginning with Six Degrees' Heller Street Park and Residences project, James Legge explored...
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Melbourne Urban Design Meetup #1: City of Melbourne's Urban Forest Strategy

Last week saw the first in hopefully many more Melbourne Urban Design Meetups (MUDM). The focus of the night was a presentation by City of Melbourne's Yvonne Lynch who leads the Urban Ecology and Urban Forest Team at the City of Melbourne. The team focus is ecosystem led adaptation for climate resilience and citizen engagement through transparency and participation. She has developed and led some of the most progressive climate change policies...

White Night 2015

Over the weekend Melbourne’s biggest celebration of art, music and architecture delighted a massive half a million people. White Night Melbourne, a one-night-only sensory spectacular, saw a diverse crowd of people flood into the central business district for the serious business of soaking up all the cultural events on offer. With over 70 events spaced over a large area it was impossible to meaningfully visit every site within the 12 hour...

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Development & Planning

Monday, January 23, 2017 - 00:00
Prominent builder Hickory Group has added a third Melbourne project that will utilise the Hickory Building System (HBS). A proponent of prefabricated construction methods, Hickory Group's latest HBS-driven project will be Brisbane outfit Blue Sky Funds' 42-50 La Trobe Street.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 00:00
On 2 January 2017, it was reported that several popular eateries and bars in Footscray had been vandalised, including the perennially successful 8 Bit Burgers on Droop Street, and Up In Smoke on Hopkins Street. 8 Bit had the warm new year's welcome gift of 14 smashed windows and the words “F**k off hipster scum” spray-painted on their entrance.

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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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).