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Housing Affordability

Event: Transforming Housing in 2017 Summit

Calling all developers interested in affordable housing, the University of Melbourne's Transforming Housing network is set to host the Transforming Housing in 2017 Summit on Friday 2nd June. The summit organisers would particularly like to hear from developers who have a genuine interest in delivering affordable and social housing. Please use the form below to register your interest. About the summit The event, hosted by the University of...

Sydney property buyers seek solace in Melbourne

There's been much comment about the nature of the property market both in Melbourne and nationally of late. It could be reasonably argued that the sector is subject to certain trends like any other; the dominance of Asian-based buyers in Melbourne's property market in recent years is a prime example. So what is the current direction of the property market and in particular Melbourne apartment market? It's been well publicised that discerning...

Explainer: what's really keeping young and first home buyers out of the housing market

The current parliamentary inquiry into home ownership (link is external) is in the midst of public hearings, questioning, among other things, the decline in home ownership among younger Australians. This, however, is not a recent issue. For a long time young people have found it difficult to purchase their first home. Home ownership rates for households aged 25-34 began to decline close to 40 years ago; declines for those aged 35-44 followed a decade later.

All being equal podcast: affordable housing in Melbourne

Housing in Australian cities – is it affordable? Treasury secretary John Fraser believes that Sydney and some parts of Melbourne are unequivocally in a housing bubble. Both cities are among the most expensive in the world. The Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey disagrees, saying that with the access to credit that is afforded by a good job housing is still easily affordable. For low income earners though that might not be reassuring. The following...

Picture this - A walking tour with Avi Friedman

Today's piece is a follow up to Alastair's article last week titled Avi Friedman's outside the box thinking on affordable housing . I unfortunately missed Avi's public lecture at the University of Melbourne but was fortunate enough to be invited to come along on a morning walking tour to three contemporary social housing projects across Melbourne. It was a great opportunity to gain insight from someone with Avi's wealth of experience and...

Avi Friedman's outside the box thinking on affordable housing

After having attended a lecture last Tuesday at the University of Melbourne presented by Avi Friedman , Professor of Architecture at McGill University, many questions on housing affordability were posed in general and specifically relating to Melbourne. Professor Friedman is best known for his pioneering housing affordability work in Montréal through the creation of the Grow home and the Next home concepts which started out as pilot projects on...

The National Rental Affordability Scheme explained

Across Australia, housing our growing population in areas close to centres of employment, essential services and desirable amenities is becoming increasingly difficult to do in an affordable way - as a result people tend to seek more affordable areas to live further away resulting in longer commutes, less time for people to spend with families or on social activities. Providing additional amenity in these areas usually takes a long time and...
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Development & Planning

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 00:00
John Demos Architects have conceived a new apartment building with the expectation that the project be an appropriate design gesture for a key Ivanhoe infill site. Vacant for many years, 40 Upper Heidelberg Road was in the past subject to a smaller apartment development that failed to materialise.

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

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 12:00
Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV) is currently showcasing the cream of the state's design crop by way of the 22nd BDAV Building Design Awards. The public now has a chance to vote for their favourite building over the course of the last year, with 35 entrants vying for differing category awards.

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.