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Fixing the planning system in Victoria requires more than “discussion”, says Dr Carolyn Whitzman.

Increasing Melbourne’s housing density along its major tram lines would help achieve the planning goals of Melbourne 2030 according to Dr Carolyn Whitzman at the University of Melbourne. 

“The plan would add a lot of certainty, because right now decisions are being made council by council about what maximum heights are going to be, while this plan is talking about a maximum height of 8 stories. Studies in Europe and North America show that if you increase density, you also increase services."

"So building along tram lines can lead to more trams more often, better shopping, more taxes to get better parks and recreation centres and so on.”

 

The spread of integrated technology in buildings is helping to make living and working conditions more comfortable, as David Scott explains.

Australia’s peak architectural and design index, covering more than 50 000 items, will be easier to access following the launch of a digitised web edition.

The integrated approach to combining architecture and advanced engineering will be the focus of an upcoming lecture by world-renowned architect, Winston Shu.

Post-tsunami architecture in Indonesia has largely abandoned the construction traditions of locals in favour of rapid scale production, according to a new research proposal being completed by two University of Melbourne academics.

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