Urban Industry

Spotlight on Warren and Mahoney with Nick Deans

Today Urban Melbourne turns the spotlight on Warren and Mahoney, an international architectural design practice based in Australia and New Zealand. With a 65-year history and a 300-strong team of outstanding talent, they’ve been recognised with more than 300 awards for work ranging from commercial developments to landmark public buildings. The design-led practice offers core services including architecture, interior design and workplace design...

Technē's Steve McKeag discusses his appointment as Director (and his favourite pubs)

Technē Architecture and Interior Design's move into larger premises on Rathdowne Street in Carlton has also coincided with the appointment of a new director to assist managing the office's growth. Steve McKeag joins founders Justin Northrop and Nick Travers, as the third director at the tightly knit studio, whose name and philosophy means ‘to make, poetically’. McKeag’s promotion from senior associate reflects strong growth at Technē, which has...

Aurecon acquires Studio Magnified as it looks to expand its digital design capabilities

Global engineering consultancy Aurecon has signalled its intentions to expand its digital design capabilities by acquiring leading digital agency, Studio Magnified (formerly Squint Opera Australia). Studio Magnified’s team of 25 designers and creative strategists renowned for their work in infrastructure and the built environment have joined Aurecon effective 1 March 2018. Studio Magnified's approach to finding the ‘why’ at the heart of each...

Conference Director Pia Argiratos talks DesignBUILD 2018

DesignBUILD - the construction industry's only dedicated trade show conference - will for 2018 have a strong focus on product compliance and conformity that has been driven by the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London last year and also the 2014 Lacrosse building fire in Melbourne. Bringing together Australia’s leading architects, building professionals, contractors and design community together with manufacturers, suppliers and service providers,...

On site with Wulff Projects (Part 01) : Newry Street Richmond

Urban Melbourne was recently fortunate enough to go onsite at a number of Wulff Project developments currently under construction. One such project is a townhouse development previously covered on Urban Melbourne called Newry Street. Located on the corner of Newry and Canterbury Streets, in Richmond, the project is progressing well with an expected completion date of around mid-year. Making its mark on Newry Street The boutique development...

Beller Group's New Commercial Director Jeremy Gruzewski on 2018's commercial prospects

Real Estate Agency Beller recently appointed Jeremy Gruzewski as a Director, bringing with him 11 years of experience and knowledge as National Director Metro Market Auction and Investment Services at the highly respected Colliers International. Now part of the Beller Commercial team, Gruzewski sees market opportunity for developers who are now looking at commercial office developments due to the cooling of the inner-city residential market...

HomesVic launched, applications open Monday 19th of February

The State Government has today launched its HomesVic scheme which was foreshadowed back in March 2017 and is designed to make it easier for those eligible to buy their first home with a 5% deposit. The pilot scheme will see the state government taking a proportional beneficial interest of up to 25 percent in eligible applicant's properties. The pilot is being financed with a $50 million fund announced last year. While the scheme has been...

Creating active, healthy and fulfilled communities

The idea that the built environment plays a role in shaping people's’ physical and mental health is not new, however, it is only recently that it has become a key consideration for urban development. Increasingly, research is linking characteristics of the places we live with major health and wellbeing implications. Recent research from RMIT linked lack of trees, gardens and green spaces with temperature increases of up to 10 degrees in some...

Q+A with Pace's new development manager Georgia Willis

Pace Development Group has been busy in recent weeks with the appointment of Georgia Willis as its new Development Manager, while also launching its Pace of Abbotsford apartment development. The 133-apartment building designed by SJB Architects at 247 Johnston Street will be anchored by the retained art deco façade of Saint Crispin House, drawing on the architecture of the heritage fabric with light coloured materials employed as a backdrop for...

Demystifying placemaking

Placemaking is a somewhat tenuous term. It’s often thrown around by design consultants as a catch-all term for good urban design, but what is placemaking, really? What commercial and social value does it actually provide? Put simply, placemaking takes a people-focused approach to urban design. It involves the creation of places where people want to live, work and visit. Places that easily attract residents, employers, workers and visitors boast...

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