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Renders: how to get the best out of your supplier

Rendering is a bit of an arcane skill - it’s a niche area of expertise which requires an in-depth understanding of very specific set of software as well as a broad understanding of architecture, interior design, styling, image composition and photography. It takes many years to master, and is crucial for the success for most off-the-plan marketing campaigns. Renders can actually be thought of as a form of photography - photography in which the...

Fishermans Bend – A best practice project for Melbourne's future

As someone who has spent much of his career in residential development, collaborating with leading architects and designers to create unique living spaces, there is no doubt in my mind that Fishermans Bend is the single most important urban renewal project of our generation. With population forecasts suggesting Melbourne will grow by roughly 95,000 people annually for the next 35 years - at the end of which we will almost double in size to 7.7...

Hayball's Eugene Chieng discusses the rise of Box Hill

Population and employment growth is propelling Box Hill to become its own mini city. In addition to bustling retail, restaurants, health and education facilities, Box Hill also sports the busiest transport hub in Melbourne’s east with more than 20,000 train commuters a day. Add the 13,000 jobs on the go and a population set to increase by 26 percent in the next 5 years , and Box Hill is being eyed off by developers and home buyers alike. With...

Q+A with Vanessa Bird, Victorian President of the Australian Institute of Architects

Whilst there has been substantial publicity and commentary around Victoria’s proposed apartment standards, the Central City Planning Provisions, Melbourne Amendment C270 have been quietly progressing. Recently Vanessa Bird, the Victorian President of the Australian Institute of Architects, took some time to answer a few questions about this proposed planning amendment as well as the institutes wider advocacy agenda. Red+Black Architect – For...

Landchecker online tool aims to revolutionise property market

An innovative online tool is aiming save time and money for people buying, selling, developing or renovating property. Landchecker is a property planning tool that helps real estate agents, property developers and home owners do their due diligence. On an interactive map, users can see what planning zones or overlays their property is under, and what rules apply to them. Launched this month by founders of dynamic Melbourne architecture agency...
308 Carlisle Street. Image courtesy Marshall White

Discussing the future of the apartment market with Leonard Teplin

Sales and marketing agents Marshall White have shifted their focus to virtual reality as a selling tool due to shifting preferences and expectations from prospective buyers. Based upon recent project marketing experiences, younger generations heavy reliance upon the digital sphere has allowed Marshall White to sell out projects without a physical display suite. As sales agent for 308 Carlisle Street, Marshall White managed to sell all apartments...

ClarkeHopkinsClarke looks to the future

Les Clarke, the last of ClarkeHopkinsClarke’s three founding partners recently retired in his 56th year with the practice. Alongside David Hopkins and Jack Clarke, the trio founded Melbourne-based architecture practice ClarkeHopkinsClarke. With an early focus on residential and education projects, Les also designed several acclaimed homes, including the Housing Institute of Australia’s House of the Year in 1978. Today the practice’s work spans...

Melburnians flock to virtual reality and property marketers are taking notice

There is rising consumer appetite for virtual reality in Australia and property marketers are starting to pay attention. As of this writing, Google Trends has given Melbourne a score of 100 for ‘Regional Interest’ for the search-term “Virtual Reality”. What exactly does a score of 100 mean? Well, explaining Google Trends data can be a little tricky but a rank of 100 effectively means that proportionately, people in Melbourne are searching for “...
The Phoenix Project - 2015 People's Choice Winner

Vote for Victoria's best in building design

The Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV) is inviting readers to vote for their favourite design project in its 21st BDAV Building Design Awards. The BDAV is an industry body which acts for building design professionals. It is a not-for-profit organisation, registered under the Victorian Associations Incorporation Act. It is managed by a committee of volunteers from amongst the membership, whose objective is to advance the profession...

A sensitive topic: development site flipping

With Melbourne driving 46 per cent of Australia’s apartment development, it’s a good time to be a developer in the world’s most liveable city. And in theory, it’s also a good time to be a purchaser as apartments flood the market, increasing stock and therefore theoretically driving down pricing. It’s the age-old story of supply versus demand. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, by 2020 Melbourne’s population will rise to five...

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Development & Planning

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 07:00
Hawthorn's Queens Avenue is emerging as an apartment hot spot of sorts, as developers realise the worth of converting the light industrial and commercial strip into a higher density apartment enclave. Running parallel to Burwood Road, Queens Avenue now has six apartment developments in progress.

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.

Transport & Design

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 12:00
The Victorian Government has announced the winning bidders in the tender to power Melbourne's tram network by renewable energy. At the same time, the Victorian Government has announced plans to legislate the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) ensuring that by 2020, 25% of Victoria's energy will come from renewable sources and the target rises to 40% by 2025.

Sustainability & Environment

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 12:00
The notion of Melbourne becoming a 20-minute City has been explored heavily in recent times. Seeking to provide Melburnians with the ability to 'live locally', the 20-minute City, in essence, strives to provide people with the ability to meet most of their everyday needs within a 20-minute walk, cycle or local public transport trip of their home.