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Can this pub be saved from apartments?

Can this pub be saved from apartments?

Alan DaviesDec 5, 20163 Comments

The planning and heritage systems can't do much about another inner suburban Melbourne pub - this time in St Kilda - being replaced by apartments and shops

Is 16-storeys OK in the inner city?

Is 16-storeys OK in the inner city?

Alan DaviesNov 29, 20164 Comments

More people want to live close to the cosmopolitan city centre but this conflict over a development in Fitzroy North shows existing residents zealously protect what they've got

Should Apple get a bite of Federation Square?

Should Apple get a bite of Federation Square?

Alan DaviesNov 22, 20162 Comments

Apple reportedly wants to establish an Apple store with a signature glass cube in Melbourne's Federation Square. Boring; there are more exciting ways to enhance Fed Square

Does ABC-TV's Streets of Your Town get it wrong?

Does ABC-TV's Streets of Your Town get it wrong?

Alan DaviesNov 15, 20162 Comments

Part one of ABC-TV's Streets of Your Town is an enjoyable look at 60s and 70s modernist domestic architecture but it's not as relevant to today as it claims

Where to next with the Corkman hotel?

Where to next with the Corkman hotel?

Alan DaviesOct 24, 20162 Comments

It's now time for a sensible discussion of what might be done with the Corkman hotel. Let the law deal with the culprit and focus on the best use of the site for the city

Should we have an Australian Museum of Popular Music?

Should we have an Australian Museum of Popular Music?

Alan DaviesSep 20, 20165 Comments

The demolition of Melbourne's Palace Theatre suggests it's time to create a museum that showcases the history and breadth of the Australian popular music industry

What do awards tell us about the quality of architecture?

What do awards tell us about the quality of architecture?

Alan DaviesMay 12, 2016

Architecture awards could provide valuable insight into what it takes to create excellence but it seems they're mostly about keeping up professional appearances

Does this historic building require more

Does this historic building require more "breathing space"?

Alan DaviesApr 5, 20164 Comments

Critics say a proposed new residential tower to be built next door to Brisbane's historic former Customs House will endanger the heritage values of the old building

Is New York's spectacular new train station worth the price?

Is New York's spectacular new train station worth the price?

Alan DaviesMar 7, 20161 Comment

The visually arresting World Trade Center Transportation Hub designed by Santiago Calatrava opened in New York last week to a chorus of naysayers worried about the $4 Billion it cost to build

Can RMIT keep spinning the Design Hub story?

Can RMIT keep spinning the Design Hub story?

Alan DaviesFeb 29, 20161 Comment

RMIT says it's replacing all 16,000 discs on the outer facade of the Design Hub to "go solar". Very commendable but RMIT has a history of spinning this project and seems intent on playing on

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