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Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in February

Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in February

Including cars, safety and cycling, Skyrail, dogbox apartments, improving the media, Minister for Cities, value capture, National Infrastructure Plan, value of open space, RMIT's Design Hub

Can RMIT keep spinning the Design Hub story?

Can RMIT keep spinning the Design Hub story?

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

Portrait building: Is the new face of Melbourne too shy?

Portrait building: Is the new face of Melbourne too shy?

Melbourne's new William Barak Portrait building will be officially opened tomorrow. It's an exciting project but a lot more could've been done in this premier location

What about the street?

What about the street?

Here’s another building I’m listing on my No Street Cred Register – it’s a recently completed museum and housing development at 1280 Park Ave, Manhattan (Hat tip to Market Urbanism). Designed by Robert Stern, One Museum Mile is notable for its almost complete failure to offer anything to the street. It joins some of my […]

RMIT’s Design Hub revisited: is green turning red?

RMIT’s Design Hub revisited: is green turning red?

It seems I was right to raise concerns about the green credentials of RMIT’s new Design Hub. Following publication of my article on Tuesday, Are all green buildings really that green?, RMIT amended the description of the building on its web site earlier today. In the earlier post, I queried two major claims the University […]

Are all green buildings really that green?

Are all green buildings really that green?

Every new public building, it seems, is a wonder of green efficiency, driving the bar of ecological innovation ever higher. Green buildings usually cost more up-front, but the pay-off is lower operating costs and lower emissions over the lifecycle of the building. That’s the theory anyway. The public sector is particularly susceptible to hype and […]