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Should all apartments have a place in the sun?

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

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Should natural light in apartments be more tightly regulated?

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?

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Apartment standards: is this sham consultation?

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”

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

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?

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Are big cities just collections of country towns?

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

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Should the “20 minute city” be the key objective of planning?

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.

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

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 since November 2010 and the team preparing the Metro Strategy for Melbourne was set up a year ago. Yet the only output we’ve seen so far is a web site, [...]

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