Month: November 2012

ARE WE IN DANGER OF GIVING URBAN RENEWAL A BAD NAME?

Collie recently attended a VPELA event held at Places Victoria that discussed the benefits of urban renewal and why it is important for all Victorians.  Urban renewal has obviously been a hot topic in recent times with the continued negative media about Docklands and the Fisherman’s Bend Project now muted by the Victorian Government.  We… Read more »

PROTECTION OF SOLAR PANELS FROM OVERSHADOWING AND PROTECTION OF DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS: FINDING THE BALANCE

An article in a recent Sunday Age raised the issue of development overshadowing solar panels on neighbouring properties.  While the State Planning Policy Framework in all planning schemes seeks to encourage land use and development that is energy efficient and minimises greenhouse gas emissions, at the moment the Schemes provides little guidance in respect of… Read more »

NEW HI-TECH HOUSING

Recently came across this new form of solar housing with various high technology features. The structure is of insulated steel and plastic, is modeled on utopian architectural styles and is suspended above the ground. Inhabitants need to be able to fly and to be quite small. It’s a beehive.

IT’S A DOG’S LIFE

Life is tough for this pampered pet – watching the world go by in Brugge.