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Does this building tell us much about social history?

Does this building tell us much about social history?

Preserving the built fabric of old buildings conveys little about their social and cultural history; it should be mandatory that protection comes with interpretation

How did Melbourne’s ‘laneway culture’ come about?

How did Melbourne’s ‘laneway culture’ come about?

Planners and urban designers made a major contribution to the internationally famous and widely admired 'buzz' of Melbourne's CBD. But they weren't the only ones - the seeds were sown earlier

Living in the CBD: does it have to be miserable?

Living in the CBD: does it have to be miserable?

Increasing density in Australia’s cities is a good and necessary thing, but it’s not going to go well if regulators, investors and residents don’t understand that living cheek by jowl brings problems as well as opportunities. A new 32 storey building proposed by developer Highbury Focus has lessons for all Australian cities – if approved […]

Should our city centres get (a lot) denser?

Should our city centres get (a lot) denser?

Urbanists throughout Australia and the world were startled and amazed to read of the radical 20-50 year vision for expanding Melbourne’s CBD proposed last week by Victoria’s Planning Minister, Matthew Guy. According to the Herald Sun, which headlined its story Mega Melbourne plan for skyscrapers in suburbs, Mr Guy’s plan will “see skyscrapers stretching from […]

What is it with architects?

What is it with architects?

The interesting looking building in the exhibit above was designed for Manhattan internet company IAC by celebrated architect Frank Gehry and completed in 2007. Frank Gehry is of course the designer of the magnificent Guggenheim at Bilbao and the proposed new Dr Chau Chak Wing building at the University of Technology Sydney. The IAC building […]

Does the built environment determine our lives?

Does the built environment determine our lives?

The American modernist architect, Richard Neutra, is supposed to have once claimed that if he were so minded, he could design a house for a happily married couple that would assure their divorce within six months. Or something like that. While it’s possibly apocryphal, the story illustrates what many architects and urban designers think – […]