Month: September 2012

LESSONS AND LEARNING: DOCKLANDS AND FISHERMAN’S BEND

  Collie recently attended a public lecture by Places Victoria on the next ten years of Docklands, arranged by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.  Docklands has generated its fair share of controversy since development first began a little over ten years ago.  It is hailed by some as the economic catalyst that Melbourne desperately… Read more »

INNOVATIVE ADAPTIVE REUSE OF PUBLIC HOUSING

At the time of construction high rise public housing in the 1960s and 1970s was seen to be the solution to housing Melbourne’s disadvantaged. Today it is commonly recognised that these ‘towers’, some up to 22 storeys in height, have isolated its residents from the feeling of being a part of a community.  These towers… Read more »

UK RELAXES PLANNING RULES TO BENEFIT ECONOMY

In a bid to resurrect the building industry and ‘kick start’ the economy the UK Government has announced new proposals which will eliminate the need for home owners to get planning permission to construct house extensions and conservatoires to their properties. As it stands, single storey rear extensions and conservatories can be constructed without planning… Read more »