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Tania Davidge: How the Apple store got ousted from our Fed Square

Standing in front of a white board in the weeks before April 5 this year, architect Tania Davidge was diagramming worst-case scenarios with her team: The Citizens for Melbourne. Davidge and her group are behind a successful campaign—Our City Our Square (OCOS)—to stop Apple from building a retail store in Melbourne’s public space, Fed Square. On April...

First ballot for Nightingale Village apartments oversubscribed by 435%. New ballot opens

Nightingale Village, the ambitious development being undertaken by seven architecture practices in Brunswick, Melbourne, has won overwhelming support from Melbourne home buyers in its first test of the market. The village involves seven buildings in a single precinct each designed by a difference architecture practice. Breathe Architecture is the lead architecture practice and offered the...

Does your office need a nest?

Most leading companies understand the need for innovation; the challenge is finding ways to cultivate it. Julie Crabtree, the co-author of Living with a Creative Mind, is a consultant to businesses that want to foster creative innovation. Crabtree has spent 25 years researching ways to nurture and manage creative people. Her research reveals...

Does Fed Square deserve heritage protection after only 20 years?

The proposed redesign of Federation Square includes demolishing the iconic Yarra building for an Apple store. from shutterstock.com James Lesh, University of Melbourne The Victorian branch of the National Trust...

What teenagers want their cities to be like when they are asked

Despite evidence that urban life can affect mental health and even induce psychosis, no study has investigated whether specific features of urban neighbourhoods increase children's risk for psychotic symptoms, the research published in the Schizophrenia Bulletin in 2016 noted. (read related article: How our cities worsen the mental health of teenagers) the Free To Be project, conducted by Plan International,...

The beginning of the end to Melbourne’s (and other cities) ugly CBD developments

If you despair at the ugliness in parts of Melbourne’s CBD, I’ve got good news for you. In fact, no matter what city you live in, the new award-winning Draft Central Melbourne Design Guide will help you to take action to stop ugly developments in the future. If you despair at the ugliness in parts of Melbourne’s CBD, I’ve got...

The City of Melbourne gives the go ahead to the new, award-winning Draft Central Melbourne Design Guide

Wednesday 20 November 2018: In a landmark move towards changing planning rules in the CBD, the City of Melbourne councillors unanimously voted in favour of the Draft Central Melbourne Design Guide (see page 128 of the linked document) proceeding to Planning Victoria, taking it a step closer to embedding the 50 design principles into law (Click here to find out...

If we want ethical cities, we must change the way we plan them, experts explain

As the pressures in our cities intensify, such as unaffordable housing and congested roads, four expert practitioners in urban design and planning spoke with Genevieve Brannigan, the founder of the Communications Collective, about how we can make our cities more ethical. What is an ethical city, and why does ethics matter to city planning? The experts with the answers are...


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