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On board a humiliating journey

On board a humiliating journey

Local William St company Text Publishing had three titles in the short list for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards but was pipped at the post by an extraordinary book written on Manus Island. The book No Friend But the Mountains had sold out in Melbourne’s bookshops by the time the award was announced in February.

Melbourne’s solution to heritage?

One of the challenges in urban renewal planning, especially in a capital city context, is designing for new buildings on a site where an existing heritage building is to be retained.  One approach is to set back the new building behind the old building (a la 386-390 Spencer St, currently under construction) or to set

Accolades for Ludovic

A CBD resident aiming to eliminate waterway pollution has been receiving international recognition. Ludovic Grosjean was named one of six Young Innovator Rotary People of Action last year and in November presented his work to the United Nations in Kenya. “They flew me to Kenya and I had the chance to speak in front of

Energy vulnerable vertical villages?

Energy is the bedrock of modern life but are we high-risers too exposed? Our vertical villages stand already accused of energy guzzling with claims that apartment living can consume 25 per cent more energy than detached dwelling living.  A large percentage of this goes to our dependence on air conditioning due to our floor to

On the meaning of life and being a badass

his month’s commute has seen me working my way through Michele de Kretser’s “The Life to Come”.  Like some long journeys it’s only now, as I approach the final few pages that I actually think I understand the meaning of all those words I have been reading, reluctantly, begrudgingly and only because it is a

The “Sands & Macs” – a goldmine

Melbourne historians owe a huge debt of gratitude to a Melbourne publishing company – Sands & McDougall.  Its foremost publication, the Melbourne Directory, is a prime information source for anyone tracing the history of buildings and people in the city and suburbs. The company had its beginnings in 1853. In that year John Sands, an

Construction update

Metro Tunnel construction continues across Melbourne with works on the new Town Hall and State Library stations making significant progress in recent weeks. A 121-tonne, 15-metre long road header launched 30 metres underneath A’Beckett St late last year. It continues to dig out a pedestrian access passage for the new State Library Station ahead of

Yarra Building is self-evidently vital

Earlier last month Melbourne Heritage Action (MHA) sent in an objection to the demolition of part of Federation Square for an Apple store, which we see as having little justification now that the square is heritage listed. We submitted that it was architecturally self-evident that the Yarra Building is vital to the integrity of Federation

Take a walk or look at these virtual updates

Take a walk around Melbourne’s Central Business District and you’ll notice it is a hive of construction activity.  Keep your eyes to the ground and you’ll notice excavation underway on the stations for the Melbourne Metro Tunnel or for the latest high-rise to grace the Melbourne skyline.  Tilt your head up and you’ll see a

Gold afternoon Melbourne

At the height of summer every year, 3PBS has a series of free live music performance extravaganzas from its Studio 5 happening during drive time. This event celebrates Melbourne’s vibrant live music scene.  One of the many highlights was the fabulous Ainslie Wills performance of her song Society.  Wills is a very talented writer, her work reminiscent

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