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White Night Melbourne 2016

22nd Feb 2016
Once again Melbourne’s all night festival of art, music and light projections has delighted hundreds of thousands in Melbourne’s CBD. The 2016 edition of White Night is the fourth time that it has... Read more

Return to Royal Park: the risk-reward equation of play

25th Jan 2016
As a society, we have become increasingly focused on the needs of the youngest members of our society. This hasn’t always been the case. It is startling to note that the history of the children’s recreational playground only goes back a 150 years, whereas adult recreational spaces such as spas/hammams/gymnasiums go back hundreds of years. Read more

The Red and Black architect interviews Jill Garner

9th Nov 2015
After an extended period of uncertainty left by the previous Victorian State Government, the Premier, Daniel Andrews, has confirmed the appointment of Victoria’s next Government Architect. Architect... Read more

The complexity of Fishermans Bend: An interview with Rob McGauran

22nd Oct 2015
Fisherman’s Bend has a long history as an industrial, commercial and scientific precinct close to but disconnected from Melbourne’s CBD. Towards the end of the previous State Government’s term, the... Read more

Victoria's Push for Better Apartments (Part 2)

7th Jul 2015
Victoria is currently undergoing a substantial consultation process targeted at improving the design quality of apartments being built across the state. Part 1 of this post discussed the main aspects... Read more

Victoria's Push for Better Apartments (Part 1)

30th Jun 2015
In May, Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne released the government’s discussion paper entitled Better Apartments . This document is the next stage of the process that began under the previous... Read more

Melbourne and architecture: prominent figures voice their opinion

5th May 2015
Michael Smith, Director of architecture firm Atelier Red + Black and Urban Melbourne Industry Hub member, has gone to extraordinary lengths to mark the occasion of his 100th article on his personal... Read more

Apartment Design Standards Q&A

28th Apr 2015
In response to the first research findings from the Rate My Building project, journalist Nathan Johnson from Architecture & Design, sent through some questions relating to minimum apartment... Read more

The Andrews Government, 100 Day Report Card

23rd Mar 2015
In August 2014 during what turned out to be the last few months of the Napthine Liberal Government it had become very apparent that Victorian State politics had gone from being design smart to design... Read more

Nightingale takes off

2nd Mar 2015
Last week Moreland Council presided over one of the most important planning applications it will see all year. The project in judgement was the Nightingale Apartments , a five storey proposal in a... Read more