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Are “dog box” apartments the work of rapacious landlords?

Are “dog box” apartments the work of rapacious landlords?

Alan Davies July 16, 2015 47 Comments

Those who label small apartments as “slums” rarely live in one themselves and are usually in a different demographic; they simply don’t get the rational calculation actual residents make

Why has Melbourne grown faster than Sydney?

Why has Melbourne grown faster than Sydney?

Alan Davies February 19, 2014 6 Comments

Sydney is Australia’s acknowledged global city and main finance centre, yet despite hosting the Olympic Games, Sydney's growth since 2000 has been much slower than Melbourne's

How many bicycles is too bloody many? Competition winners

How many bicycles is too bloody many? Competition winners

Alan Davies May 11, 2013 2 Comments

The winners of The Urbanist's Where to Ride book competition are Sian Dart and Jane Lodge. For many entrants in the competition, too many bicycles in a household is never enough!

Does spending $40 million to build a branch library make sense?

Does spending $40 million to build a branch library make sense?

Alan Davies March 5, 2013 25 Comments

Sydney City Council has announced the winner of the architectural competition for Sydney's new Green Square library and plaza. But does it make sense to spend big money on a branch library?

Should the public have a say in choosing architects?

Should the public have a say in choosing architects?

Alan Davies February 10, 2013 8 Comments

The public don't get much say in the selection of designs for major public buildings even though they're the main users, but there's a case for them having a bigger role

Annals of archibabble

Annals of archibabble

Alan Davies November 19, 2012 10 Comments

Architects are brilliant visual communicators but when it comes to words some can't resist resorting to dense, obscure and pretentious "archibabble"

Is the Flinders St Station design competition just about…..design?

Alan Davies November 16, 2011 5 Comments

The Premier gave the Flinders St Station International Design Competition another nudge this week, announcing entries will be formally invited from architects mid next year, with the winner to be announced mid 2013. Mr Baillieu indicated the project for the 4.7 ha site has two basic components. One involves “restoring and renovating the building” and […]

Flinders St Station: is a design competition a smart idea?

Alan Davies September 10, 2011 17 Comments

It now seems clear the Government’s Flinders Street Station Design Competition is about much more than merely restoring the station to its former glory. This could be a redevelopment project, albeit one that respects heritage values. According to this statement from Major Projects Victoria, the Government will be looking for: The best ideas from around […]