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Trains, planes and automobiles: how our cities get the mix wrong

It’s hard to get past the feeling that we are stuck in 1970s thinking when it comes to planning infrastructure such as airports. The Federal government has finally announced Badgerys Creek in Sydney’s south-west as the city’s second airport, with an intention to go to tender - but without vital details on the role of the airport or its passenger prospects. Earlier this week, the Victorian government announced in vague fashion an intent to push ahead with delivery of a Melbourne airport rail link - costs, benefits, delivery timing and network integration issues all uncertain.

Revitalising Central Dandenong - nothing ventured, nothing gained

Last week project partners celebrated the official start to works for Dandenong's new ATO complex, which spearheads an increased level of development in Melbourne's 'second city'. At the on-site ceremony EPC Pacific Chief Executive Patrick Smith stated “This development is achieving the vision of the Revitalising Central Dandenong project by bringing people back to Dandenong’s heart in new offices that will provide a brilliant work environment...
2 Riverside Quay as viewed from north of the Yarra.© Fender Katsalidis.

On the bright side > 2 Riverside Quay, Southbank

Last month developer Mirvac lodged an application to build a 14 level office building atop its existing 8-storey car parking garage at 2 Riverside Quay . Designed by Fender Katsalidis Architects , the new structure would rise an additional 51.5m for an overall height of 78m to roof. While not the most architecturally adventurous design, the proposed building (rightly or wrongly) doesn't look out of place amongst its older, shorter siblings...

Melbourne under construction > April 2004

How the face of Melbourne has changed over the last decade, and digital camera technology for that matter. Today will the first in a semi-regular look back at Melbourne's biggest and best projects which were under construction this month 10 years ago. A selection of 2004's under construction projects that helped reshape Melbourne include: Southbank hits the heights The soon to be Melbourne's tallest had just reached its level 55 jump form...

Piecing together the Liberal Party's Airport Link announcement

To use railway signaling jargon, unbeknown to the Victorian public we seem to be have been passing Red over Green signals when it comes to Melbourne Airport Rail Link planning and on Sunday we passed a Red over Yellow in anticipation of stopping at Parliament station in early May, whereafter according to the Premier, the public should expect to see a series of Green over Reds ahead*. Election year pre-budget promise filters to maximum, set...

An architectural gem on the horizon

A long and winding road persists regarding McBride Charles Ryan 's intriguing design for Monash University's new state-of-the-art teaching and learning centre located within the Caulfield campus' Western Precinct. Although The Law Business and Economics Complex (LBEC Building) is still on track, construction remains at least one year away. Post the 2012 announcement of McBride Charles Ryan successfully snaring the commission, the intended...

Chris Hayton on the height debate

Height is perhaps the most contentious of all issues when discussing new building proposals. Maybe because it is readily quantifiable relative to the surroundings, or because fear of height has become a default response to any new development, it is often debated as a singular issue. Many ignore the other factors that contribute to the appropriateness of building’s design. Such simplistic quarantining of the height debate is often to the...
Hong Kong Bus Stop - Source Flickr, Photocapy, CC BY SA 2.0

Time for Australia to consider Asian lessons on city infrastructure

As prime minister Tony Abbott completes a whistle-stop tour of Asia, Australia’s “place in Asia” is an ongoing discussion. Abbott hailed the “shared values” that enabled Australia’s free trade deal with Japan and now heads to China for crucial trade talks. But the Australian mainstream sees itself as fundamentally separate from our Asian neighbours across most economic and cultural dimensions.

Light my way - 450 Elizabeth Street

When it rains, it pours! No not a reference to the dismal weather at the moment, but the continuing surge in new apartment project releases Melbourne is experiencing. Sure to be one of 2014's marquee releases, Light House Melbourne is the assigned moniker to one of this city's more unique apartment projects. 450 Elizabeth Street first gained approval during 2012 on behalf of site owner Sixth Grange Pty Ltd for a 62 level, 197 metre tower...
'North Dock' precinct signage.© Laurence Dragomir

What to do with Waterfront City? (Part One)

Recently news filtered through that Sydney-based AsheMorgan had acquired Harbour Town and the Medibank Ice House Ice complex within Waterfront City from ING Real Estate . The $150m sale of the 40,000sqm centre follows the disposal of the Melbourne Star observation wheel to its Japanese builders and the sale of Waterfront City's only water fronted parcel to MAB who are developing NewQuay Promenade . These asset disposals seem a clear sign that...

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Development & Planning

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 06:46
Last week project partners celebrated the official start to works for Dandenong's new ATO complex, which spearheads an increased level of development in Melbourne's 'second city'. At the on-site ceremony EPC Pacific Chief Executive Patrick Smith stated “This development is achieving the vision of the Revitalising Central Dandenong project by...

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 12:00
Height is perhaps the most contentious of all issues when discussing new building proposals. Maybe because it is readily quantifiable relative to the surroundings, or because fear of height has become a default response to any new development, it is often debated as a singular issue. Many ignore the other...

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Visual Melbourne

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 13:56
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Transport & Design

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 07:14
"Reimagine. To reimagine is to do something in a way that's never been done before." That's the crux of Emporium Melbourne 's new marketing campaign that ushered in the opening of the new $1.16 billion retail project on Thursday. It's been a while coming, in fact far longer than the...

Sustainability & Environment

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Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 12:05
Last week the Australian arm of prominent global engineering firm Meinhardt released a white paper titled 'How Far Are We From Truly Green Façades?' via their Practical Imagination platform. The white paper delves into the issues currently surrounding the advancement of green facades which in turn allows the practice to...