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Urban Art

Rutledge Lane reaches for the sky

The second installment of the PaintUp! series has recently been completed, gracing Rutledge Lane within Melbourne's CBD. The larger than life mural in an altogether difficult area to spot, is the work of artist DVate and was completed with the help of high access machinery. Best viewed from the adjoining multi-level car park, the work is the result of a City of Melbourne/Hosier Inc initiative which hopes to further activate the Hosier-Rutledge...

Hosier Lane in the shadows of 2015

Urban Melbourne has highlighted Hosier Lane more than enough times and fairly so, with the tourist attraction never short on something new to gaze upon. Along with a new retail/cafe space as part of the 167 Flinders Lane redevelopment, new artworks continue to appear in the area. Enjoy the pictures.

Hosier Lane off the boil?

Having little more than an appreciation of what Hosier Lane adds to Melbourne's urban environment, it is hard to accurately judge where the renowned street art hub is at. According to HosierLane.com street art "Mostly refers to unsanctioned work born illicitly by defacing a wall or other surface, however can take many forms including, spray paint, stencil art." With that in mind outsiders such as myself are in no position to judge the validity...

What Montague Precinct currently has to offer

In light of last week's Fishermans Bend revised structure plan announcement , it seemed an opportune time to meander through Montague Precinct, more specifically the area east of Montague Street and north of City Road. This particular slice of Montague Precinct is home to the majority of current planning applications for the Urban Renewal Area, all of which are high-rise in nature. Expected to be a showcase of contemporary urban design, the area...

East of Brunswick, West of Lygon

Think Lygon Street, East Brunswick and the snapshot below is the vision many readers are familiar with: an evolving thoroughfare with all the bustle and colour expected of an area with a semi-bohemian feel and a rapidly increasing population. The Lygon Street, East Brunswick vista Most would not be aware of the labyrinth of half blocks, alleys and cul-de-sac's that are mere metres from Lygon Street. Forming a snaking border between Brunswick and...

South of Johnston

Having walked through Fitzroy now a number of times with the intent of capturing street art amongst other topics, it seems a fairly pointless exercise trying to catalogue all the epic pieces of street art in one article. Therefore today's piece focuses on an area south of Johnston Street, essentially bound by Nicholson Street, Smith Street, Chapel/Victoria Street and of course Johnston Street - and bisected by Brunswick Street of course. Best...

Paint It Black - Hosier Lane reborn

Parts of Melbourne's famous Hosier Lane and Rutledge Lane combination may have turned blue during August, yet last weekend marked the first time both thoroughfares have been wiped clean so to speak, with a fresh start in mind. A team of workers and artists applied a black undercoat to all areas with the intention of reserving plots for specific artists. Scissorlifts, traffic management and security all played their part as existing works were...

Impressions of Fitzroy

In previous months Urban Melbourne has covered at a variety of different locations throughout Melbourne in terms of street and/or urban art, yet today we look at the heavyweight that is Fitzroy. Well documented for its grit and character, the bohemian nature of Fitzroy gives rise to a strong urban art culture, something that is evident in just about every street, lane and alley through the area. Starting at Johnston Street and Brunswick Street,...

Little Smith Street, big style

Another installment today in a series of urban street art tours, this time focusing on Little Smith Street Fitzroy. As is generally the way, stumbling into an area unintentionally can often lead to interesting results as seen in the article slideshow. Little Smith Street as per the image below seems like a typical laneway, yet devote the time to walk its length and a myriad of street art works are there to be viewed adding to an otherwise...

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Development & Planning

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 00:00
The proposed changes to the residential zone controls put forward by the Victorian State Government via Amendment VC110 were gazetted on Tuesday. While the amendments effect the General Residential Zone (GRZ), Residential Growth Zone (RGZ), and Mixed Use Zone (MUZ ) it’s the removal of the two-lot subdivision restriction in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone (NRZ) that is perhaps most notable, effectively increasing development potential in the NRZ.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 00:00
Katrina Raynor , University of Melbourne and Carolyn Whitzman , University of Melbourne The need for more affordable housing close to public transport and services is acute in Melbourne. Inner Melbourne has experienced a 74% increase in rough sleeping in the past two years .

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

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 00:00
The State Library of Victoria is set to undergo further transformation as part of the library's $88.1 million 2020 Vision. The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall and a number of gallery spaces are set to be reopened to the public as multi-functional spaces after many years behind closed doors.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 13:00
Victoria Walks, a walking promotion charity supported by VicHeath, is leading a crowdsourcing initiative that is supported by the State Government and 14 councils. The campaign aims to collect and analyse opinions on walking right across the Melbourne metropolitan area. The authorities are asking people to indicate their walking safety concerns through an interactive online map on CrowdSpot's platform.