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What’s the heritage value of this office block?

What’s the heritage value of this office block?

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

Heritage falls victim to planning tribunal rules

Heritage falls victim to planning tribunal rules

Guest writer Damien Bonnice argues the developer of this inner city Melbourne project and the planning tribunal rode roughshod over heritage values and good design principles

Is 16-storeys OK in the inner city?

Is 16-storeys OK in the inner city?

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 we have an Australian Museum of Popular Music?

Should we have an Australian Museum of Popular Music?

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

Is 20% two and three bedroom apartments diverse enough?

Is 20% two and three bedroom apartments diverse enough?

Requiring new developments to have more 2 & 3 bedroom apartments is questionable policy - it may impact affordability; it's unnecessary; and it probably won’t work anyway

Are councils dealing with the problem of inner suburban parking?

Are councils dealing with the problem of inner suburban parking?

A recent court decision highlights the inability of local and state governments to deal effectively with the problems of parking in inner suburban areas where density is increasing

Tea Party planning: do the ends justify the means?

Tea Party planning: do the ends justify the means?

Objectors increasingly cite town planning concerns as reasons to oppose new developments. But as opposition to a mosque in Bendigo shows, it's often about the 'who' rather than the 'what'

Would a McDonalds in this town be all downside?

Would a McDonalds in this town be all downside?

Residents of ex-urban Tecoma are fiercely resisting a proposed McDonalds restaurant which they fear will destroy the character of their village. But would a McDonalds be all downside?

How can density be increased?

How can density be increased?

As our cities get bigger, more and more people want to live closer to the centre where they can get better access to jobs, people and services. They’re prepared to trade-off space for greater accessibility, but too often the price of apartments is just too high. A key reason is existing residents and councils suppress […]

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 […]