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Should all apartments have a place in the sun?

Should all apartments have a place in the sun?

Alan DaviesJun 22, 20159 Comments

The Victorian Government wants to know if a majority of new apartments should have mandated access to direct sun.That's a questionable idea but requiring sun control should be considered

Should natural light in apartments be more tightly regulated?

Should natural light in apartments be more tightly regulated?

Alan DaviesJun 16, 201513 Comments

Bedrooms that "borrow" natural light from living areas are a key target in the debate about apartment standards. Is it a problem? If so, is it severe enough to justify stronger regulation?

Apartment standards: is this sham consultation?

Apartment standards: is this sham consultation?

Alan DaviesMay 18, 201517 Comments

The Victorian government say it wants to start a serious discussion on design standards for apartments. But it's not telling the full story; it looks like it's doing a bit of "design-washing"

East-West Link: why have these advisers just quit?

East-West Link: why have these advisers just quit?

Alan DaviesDec 16, 201314 Comments

The Napthine Government's new motorway took another blow last week when members of the Plan Melbourne Advisory Committee resigned in protest. But why so late and so publicly?

Are big cities just collections of country towns?

Are big cities just collections of country towns?

Alan DaviesMar 4, 201322 Comments

Like John Brumby before him, Ted Baillieu thinks big cities are made up of lots of self-contained villages. That's worrying because it means the Premier of Victoria doesn't get what cities are about

Should the

Should the "20 minute city" be the key objective of planning?

Alan DaviesDec 3, 20129 Comments

Planners seem seduced by the idea that cities are just lots of self-contained villages. But that view misunderstands what cities are about and why they form.

Does Melbourne's Metro Strategy need a bomb under it?

Does Melbourne's Metro Strategy need a bomb under it?

Alan DaviesAug 20, 20124 Comments

Victoria’s Planning Minister, Matthew Guy, seems to have forgotten about the Metropolitan Planning Strategy he promised during the election campaign. Mr Guy’s been in office