Peter Brew and Simone Koch have joined Architectus’s Melbourne office as project architects >> The YBE Ball 04–Celebrating Victoria’s Buildings, Places and Spaces is on 3 December at the Royal Exhibition Building >> Luna Park’s heritage-listed Scenic Railway is open again, restored and upgraded by FMSA Architects >> VicUrban and the RAIA Victorian Chapter has launched the Affordable Home Design Competition. Architects are asked to design a two/three bedroom, single-storey, sustainable, 120 sq metre house that can be built for $120,000 and incorporated into a house and land package of no more than $200,000 >> Expressions of interest close on 9 November for the new Melbourne Convention Centre Development, to be built on the banks of the Yarra, adjacent to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre >> Elenberg Fraser has appointed Karl Engstrom as senior associate and Cassian Lau as associate >> Frankston City Council has established a Design Review Panel. Members are: Dimity Reed (Chair), Stuart Niven, Peter Droege, Simon Lloyd, Carol Atwell and Louis Sauer >> At the National Association of Women in Construction Vict/Tas Chapter Awards, Erica Lienert of Bates Smart won the Basset Kuttner Collins Award for Outstanding Achievement in Design. The Bovis Lend Lease Award for Outstanding Achievement in Construction went to Rachael Lambert of Baulderstone Hornibrook. Bovis Lend Lease’s Claire Ridding and Lisa Okkonen received the Major Projects Victoria Award for Outstanding Achievement in Development >> A draft programme has been released for The EcoEdge: Urban Environments or Urban Disasters? To be held in February, the fourth of the CityEdge International Urban Design Conference Series includes Michael Sorkin, Jan Gehl, Shigeru Ban, Enrique Penalosa, Mick Pearce, Che Wall, James Grose, John Wardle, Greg Burgess and Gabriel Poole >> lab architecture studio are designing Artbank’s Melbourne showroom, and have two new residential commissions >> The Architects for Peace forum will be launched on 4 November in Melbourne.

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