Victoria – Radar Headlines

John Wardle Architects has promoted Stefan to senior associate, Paul Evans to associate and Andrew Wong to residential team leader [much greater than] The symposium to launch TAKE 1 “Urban Solutions — Propositions for the Future Australian City” edited by Robert McGauran (the outcome of the 2001 RAIA Sisalation Prize) was well attended, especially by middle-aged men and young woman, which leads to the question — don’t Melbourne’s younger male architects care about the city? [much greater than] John Hair and Karen McWilliam have been appointed as associates at Hayball Leonard Stent [much greater than] The State Government has released plans to redevelop Victoria Park into a housing estate and public open space [much greater than] The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, by Wood Marsh, in association with Pels Innes Neilson Kosloff, opened in October [much greater than] A letter to planning minister Marv Delahunty expressing concerns about extensive delays in obtaining planning approvals for domestic work, from 100 Melbourne architects, led by Damian Bonnice, has generated wide press cover age. Signatories include Michael Markham, Kerstin Thompson, John Wardle, Ivan Rijavec, Lindsay Holland and James Legge. They suggest wide-ranging reforms including teams of experienced planners and architects to help over-burdened councils, more members of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), tighter heritage controls for greater certainty, replacing neighbourhood character overlays with guidelines for sensitive residential areas, removing the planning approval requirement for single-storey rear extensions, weeding out mischevious VCAT appeals through the equivalent of a committal process, and extending the time councils have to determine complex projects [much greater than] Melbourne City Council has released plans to redevelop Bourke Street Mall for public consultation [much greater than] Williams Boag have lodged plans for the redevelopment of Melbourne General Post Office, on behalf of developer Maurie Schwarz, for retail and office use, with a new six-storey building at the northern end of the site [much greater than] Environment Minis ter Sheryl Garbutt has announced six new parks in Melbourne’s outer suburbs This is an attempt to overcome a perceived divide between park-rich inner city suburbs, and outer areas with few open public spaces [much greater than] The Victorian Division of the Institute of Engineers. Australia, has expressed concern that the State Government does not have a sound, long-term infrastructure strategy, and that the practice of choosing bids on basis of lowest cost can lead to poor outcomes. It proposes that an independent expert Victorian Infrastructure Advisory Council be established [much greater than] Jan Gehl, Julie Eizenberg and Bill Mitchell spoke at the Australian Universities International Alumni Convention, “The Future of Urban Environments” [much greater than] Hayball Leonard Stent are undertaking a number of urban development projects, including Ringwood Station, Dandenong Saleyards and Ballarat Station, facilitated by the Urban and Regional Land Corporation. This is part of the State Government’s Transit Cities program which aims to redevelop and restruc ture parts of metropolitan Melbourne by promoting medium to high-density mixed use development around key transport nodes [much greater than] The limber Advisory Centre, a free service, is now open to the public [much greater than] Bates Smart have appointed Jacquelyn Johnston, James Pearce and Shaun Schroter as associate directors. Debra Low Chov, Alice Sangster and Scott Walker have been appointed associates and Robert Bruce is now a consultant to the practice [much greater than] Proem Design has changed its name to Whitefield McQueen [much greater than] Deakin University hosted Allomorphe2: Eco-Synergy, an international workshop, directed by Ken Yeang, in mid-September [much greater than] Victoria Carpark (1939), by Marcus Barlow, is listed on the National Trust’s annual list of endangered places [much greater than] Neil Appleton, Peter Bartlett and Adrian Stanic have been appointed principals at Lyons. Barbara Bamford, Natalie McDonald, Hari Pliambas and Stefano Scalzo have been appointed as associates, and Rob Tursi as specialist in health planning.

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