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Box Hill to become Melbourne’s second CBD?

Recognised as the gateway to the eastern suburbs, Box Hill has come a long way from its initial suburban identity. With a number of major urban redevelopment projects underway and many more set to define its skyline, Box Hill has become the fastest growing city centre outside of the Melbourne CBD and is now offering a genuine alternative to the Melbourne CBD for investment, employment, entertainment and a place to stay. It is somewhat the...

Meinhardt Imagin8 Seminar - Inner-city Chic: Next Generation Boutique Apartments

imagin8 is Meinhardt’s education seminar series designed to share the latest thinking in the built environment space, as well as provide an informal networking opportunity. The most recent event was held last month on the topic of: ‘Inner City Chic: Next Generation Boutique Apartments’, with Urban Melbourne present during the evening. Dubbed as one of the world’s most livable cities time and time again, Melbourne grows at the rate of more than...

Internal Amenity, one for all and all for one?

Internal amenity is delicate, multifaceted and, most of all, subjective. The uncertainly and often changing goal posts as to what is an ‘appropriate level of internal amenity’ have long created frustration within the development community. Perhaps as a response to this or, despite all of this, the recent proposition by the new State Government for apartment standards has prompted a lot of new debate and opinion on all things ‘internal amenity’...

Quality development begins at street level

We get really obsessed with height - we can have great towers and bad towers, we need to shift the discussion more toward the quality of development. Leanne Hodyl, IMPA's 'City in Crisis?' forum This interesting quote appeared in Alastair's article on Monday, which delved into who should maintain planning authority over Melbourne. The notion of shifting focus more toward quality of development rather than height is a noble one, but it's simply...

Tall Building Criticism a Tall Tale

Planning ideologies are slowly changing. The recently released Metropolitan Planning Strategy, Plan Melbourne, advocates densified residential and commercial buildings at increased heights, particularly within the CBD and urban renewal areas – both of which are strategically located near jobs, transport and existing infrastructure. Despite these positive steps, the Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy, has been widely criticised for what many view...

Skyscraper trends: Optimising sites and maximising floor plates

With highly prized land parcels in Melbourne's CBD becoming smaller and scarcer, how do you maximise their development values and are skyscrapers viable on these compact sites? As well as sites getting smaller, so are apartments. But do they need to? How do we maximise floorspace to improve returns without compromising design and comfort? Incredible shifts are happening in technology and building practices; we have a new generation of technology...

Meinhardt's 'Skyscraper Trends in Melbourne' seminar reviewed

Last week Meinhardt Australia held their Skyscraper Trends In Melbourne: From Super Skinny To ‘Prefabulous’ seminar which brought together a select group of Melbourne's development industry elite to consider the influences shaping the future direction of Melbourne's built form. The latest in a string of successful seminars held under the Practical Imagination - imagin8 banner, Urban Melbourne was present to cover the informal yet highly relevant...

Tall buildings and the public realm

The love affair with tall buildings is undeniable. Initially very much a western society symbol of power and progress that started in the late 19th century, the tall building love affair has well and truly infected developing nations throughout Asia and the Middle East, for many of the same reasons. Keen to be seen as the new power-houses of the world, these nations are falling over themselves to build the biggest and greatest symbols of their...

Development & Planning

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 00:00
Melbourne Airport owner Asia Pacific Airports Corporation (APAC) is facilitating a new hotel development on airport land that will see two new operators take up a combined 464 suites. In documents that are available for public viewing , APAC has identified Novotel and Ibis as likely operators of the 4-4.5-star hotels.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 00:00
Gamuda Land is set to unveil an impressive collection of artwork for the soon to be completed 661 Chapel St development in South Yarra. Andy Dinan, Director of Mars Gallery which is renowned for exhibiting and promoting contemporary Australian artists, has been invited to specially curate the art collection throughout the development; included will be some of Australia’s most collected artists.

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

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 07:01
As part of its $88 million redevelopment, the State Library of Victoria (SLV) is providing Victorian apprentices, trainees and cadets with the opportunity to help with its transformation as part of its Vision 2020. The expansive project will create additional space for public use, restore and reopen the Ian Potter Queen’s Hall, and reinstate the historic Russell Street entrance.

Sustainability & Environment

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 12:00
One of the world’s more unique International design competitions - The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) 2018 - has come to Melbourne. Sponsored by the State Government of Victoria, the competition opened in early January but was officially launched on Saturday, Feb 10 th as part of the Sustainable Living Festival, Melbourne.