SKYPAD Living articles

Neighbourhood Watch for vertical villages

By Janette Corcoran With our high-rise precincts already well monitored, do our vertical villages need more watching? Following the 2017 Bourke St incident, the state government expanded its CCTV network, bringing to 65 the number of CCTV surveillance cameras installed throughout the city. These cameras feed into the City of Melbourne’s Safe City network and

Vertical living style

By Janette Corcoran Our apartment layouts might be uniform, but our interiors need not be!  Advice abounds about how we, vertical villagers, can decorate our small spaces.  We are advised to delineate areas, go vertical with storage, choose a light colour palette (or alternatively) go bold, add layers for depth – and most important of

Vertical village voting

By Janette Corcoran Apartment living expert Vertical villagers’ voices might now be better heard, but voting remains vexed.  The key, we are told, to growing our sense of vertical village community lies with our willingness to participate – both inside and outside our residences. Current wisdom holds that we should keep ourselves informed about our

Sharing our vertical commons

By Janette Corcoran Common property is a defining feature of vertical villages – but how widely are we expected to share?  At last month’s Melbourne Knowledge Week, a panel came together to discuss re-thinking high-density residential design.  This panel was led by Dr Isun Kazerani and Dr Kirsten Day, experts from community planning, who were

High-density cycling

By Janette Corcoran – Apartment living expert The City of Melbourne’s Transport Strategy discussion paper is open for comment – but how might a bike-filled future suit our vertical villages? We are reminded that “When people choose to ride, they reduce emissions, noise, congestion and free up public transport capacity.” Added to this are the

Vertical village parcel delivery

Mail types and volume have changed but how are our mailrooms coping?  Recent years have seen a rapid decline in the number of letters delivered to our vertical villages, while the amount of sent parcels has soared.  This change is inline with the national shift towards parcel delivery as Australians continue their love affair with

Future-proofing vertical villages

By Janette Corcoran  Are our vertical villages becoming obsolete? Anticipating forthcoming trends and developing ways to minimise their shocks while maximising their benefits is a process called future-proofing. Widely used in industries such as industrial design, electronics and climate change, future-proofing techniques have also been applied to historic buildings to help direct major refurbishments.  

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

Blockchain for residential blocks

 “Blockchain will do for transactions what the internet did for information” and thereby change many aspects of our vertical lives.  The claims for blockchain are impressive.  It is widely espoused, for instance, that blockchain will fundamentally disrupt many existing industries, in particular those which “check and balance” our transactions – think accountants and bankers. Some

Welcome to your vertical village

By Janette Corcoran Rolling out the welcome mat is not just for the new arrival. Engaging new residents from the get-go is widely claimed as a good thing to do, but it is often a hit-and-miss affair in our “vertical villages”. However, the cost of not properly engaging our new arrivals from day one (or

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