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Who’s noticed the suburbs are turning green?

Who’s noticed the suburbs are turning green?

Alan Davies October 25, 2017 4 Comments

One of the the great unheralded changes in Australia's cities was the greening of the suburbs - both old and new - over the last thirty to fifty years

Is a drug death memorial a dubious idea?

Is a drug death memorial a dubious idea?

Alan Davies July 26, 2017 3 Comments

A proposed public memorial to those who died from a hard drug overdose wouldn't do any harm but smacks of creating an edgy amenity for inner city residents

What’s the heritage value of this office block?

What’s the heritage value of this office block?

Alan Davies April 12, 2017 9 Comments

Another fashionably handsome modernist building with debatable claims to social and architectural significance is the subject of a heritage battle in Melbourne

Can this pub be saved from apartments?

Can this pub be saved from apartments?

Alan Davies December 5, 2016 3 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 Davies November 29, 2016 4 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 Davies November 22, 2016 2 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 Davies November 15, 2016 2 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 Davies October 24, 2016 2 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 Davies September 20, 2016 6 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 Davies May 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