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A dynamic year 2018 saw the property industryâ€™s focus shift away from the relentless development of market apartments, as employment took centre stage. We facilitated a number of major office developments during the year, as the demand for new employment space finally sparked a renewal of inner urban commercial and industrial precincts. Undoubtedly, Melbourneâ€™s biggest planning and urban design challenge of 2018 was the establishment of a comprehensive framework for the renewal of Fishermans Bend. A critical element of the Fishermans Bend planning was the need to ensure sufficient jobs will be provided. We were delighted to be engaged to peer review the draft Fishermans Bend Framework and provide evidence to the Planning Review Panel. Employment also featured strongly in our own urban renewal strategies, with the Elsternwick South Urban Renewal Precinct Masterplan and District Docklands Development Plan focused on creating jobs within mixed-use precincts. Another focus of the Fishermans Bend planning was the provision of social and affordable housing. This was mirrored by our continued work on delivering more social and affordable housing for both the Victorian and NSW State housing agencies. During 2018, we prepared and advised on a number of master plans for new town centres. In contrast with shopping centres, genuine town centres serve their communities with a diverse mix of jobs. Consequently, our town centre master plans facilitate the development of a wide range of employment space. We held our inaugural Compact Cities Ideas Competition in 2018, aimed at stimulating innovation in facilitating compact cities. The major prizes were taken out by two of our young stars, Jane Witham and Krishna Keerthit. The future is in good hands! We are delighted to present this summary of our work in 2018. Mark Sheppard Managing Principal December 2018
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New leaders This year, we welcomed two new leaders to our growing team.
Lukas Nott, Senior Associate Lukas leads our urban design team. He brings over 10 yearsâ€™ experience in urban design and strategic planning across both private and public practice. Lukas has a passion for inner and middle-ring redevelopment and revitalisation, and working collaboratively across disciplines to deliver integrated development outcomes in challenging urban environments with multiple stakeholders.
Kyle Oâ€™Brien, Associate Kyle is an experienced planning advocate with expertise in a range of strategic and statutory planning settings and projects. Kyle is an engaged and astute planning consultant who provides concise expert advice and representation to his clients and collaborators whilst being a welcomed leader within the DLA planning team.
Straightening out the Bend Fishermans Bend is Australiaâ€™s largest urban renewal area, comprising 450ha of industrial land on the doorstep of the Melbourne CBD. In 2018, the Victorian Government proposed a new planning framework to guide its transformation. We were engaged to provide an urban design assessment of the proposed planning framework, which was presented to an independent panel charged with advising the government on its merits.
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Metropolitan planning strategies for Melbourne and Sydney support urban consolidation to contribute to more compact cities. This year, we facilitated multiple major mixed-use developments in well-serviced locations in both cities through our planning and urban design advice, planning applications, and advocacy and expert evidence at appeal. Our growing advocacy team successfully mediated and won numerous planning appeals, while our expert witnesses ensured high quality urban design outcomes.
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Generating jobs 2018 has seen a revival of inner suburban office development. We provided urban design advice to help shape numerous commercial developments which will diversify the market for business space and activate low-intensity employment precincts.
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Shaping urban renewal
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The seemingly limitless demand for new commercial and residential development in Melbourne and Sydney has led to a recognition of the need to facilitate growth in locations well-serviced by public transport. 2018 saw us appointed to prepare and advise on strategies for a number of significant urban renewal precincts. Our urban renewal work seeks to facilitate the right type of development in the right place, balancing the need to accommodate growth with respect for character ELSTERNWICK and heritage values,PARK and the creation of high amenity environments.
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Disrupting seniors living With an ageing community, seniors living has become an increasingly important planning and urban design consideration. We have been actively engaged in the discussion around disruption to this sector and the emergence of new development concepts. Our planning and urban design services have assisted private and not-for-profit seniors living providers to optimise the potential of well-located sites in 2018.
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Creating more compact cities As part of our ongoing Knowledge Forum series, we held our inaugural Compact Cities Ideas Competition this year. Guest judge Koos de Keijzer (DKO Architects) awarded the major ‘Jane Jacobs Prize’ to Jane Witham, with Krishna Keerthi taking out the people’s choice ‘Dantzig-Saaty Prize’.
The definition of compact is ‘closely and neatly packed together; making something dense’. So how can we make closely and neatly pack cities to make them more dense? Jane’s research found that the hexagonal shape of a honeycomb beehive is scientifically proven to be more compact than any other shape. Therefore, as the shape that has the efficient use of space, could this be the most efficient way to build compact cities?
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There are various ways to integrate hexagons into design, including developing pods on shear walls of existing buidings, a concept developed by Framlab. Alternatively, hexagonal lot layouts can used for efficient incremental infill. Finally, combining these two design concepts together, my research found that a tetra-kai-decahedron is the most compact 3D shape, which can be used to develop buildings to be literally the most compact building possible.
Second prize of the compact city competetion went to Krishna Keerthi T, with â€˜Controlled Chaosâ€™. Controlled Chaos is a step forward to mixed-use development, more like a mixed-use space. A mixed-use space is optimisation of a space to be used round the clock. This should be implemented in easily accessible high-density areas. Movable walls, flexible furniture and virtual screens are a few elements that can be used to create temporary/convertible spaces.
Since land is a finite resource and compact cities aim at bringing community and amenities closer, we need to make positive use of technological advances and start rethinking existing spaces.
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Images Front cover photo by louis amal on Unsplash 1.
Barcelona Model - screenshot of Sketchup model by DLA
13. 275 Para Road, Greensborough (source: Unbourne Architecture) 13. 500 Chapel Street, Prahran (source: Bates Smart)
Hybrid Model - screenshot of Sketchup model by DLA
14. Church Street, South Yarra (source: Icon Developments)
Vancouver Model - screenshot of Sketchup model by DLA
15. 329 Johnston St, Abbotsford (source: urban.com.au) 16. 60 Cremorne Street, Cremonre (source: urban.com. au)
Fishermans Bend Strategic Context Map by DLA
162-188 Turner Street Plan by DLA
Wirraway Precinct Map by DLA
17. View of Elsternwick Urban Renewal South site from adjacent residential backyard
14 Frith Street, Brunswick (source: Chandler Architecture)
18. Elsternwick Urban Renewal South - Opportunities and Constraints map by DLA
23-33 Johnston Street, Collingwood (source:
19. Sunshine Station Precinct
368-374 Smith Street, Collingwood (source:
20. 29 Albion Road, Box Hill (source: SGA Design)
10. 3 James Street, Bayswater (source: ta square architecture)
21. District Docklands Development Sites panaromic view
11. 7-11 Terrigal Crescent, Kilsyth (source: Jesse Ant Architects)
22. 695 Hawthorn Road, Brighton (source: Bates Smart)
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23. 181 Reynolds Road, Doncaster (source: Plus Architecture)
24. The winners of the DLA Compact City Competition: Krishna Keerthi T, Koos de Keijzer and Jane Witham 25. Hexagon building system developed by Framlab, (source: https://www.framlab.com/homed) 26. Hexagon building system developed by Framlab, (source: https://www.framlab.com/homed) 27. Communal living model developed by Scape, web source: https://www.scape.com/en-au/studentaccommodation/melbourne/swanston/standard 28. Kinetic Architecture by De zeen source: https://www.dezeen.com/tag/movingbuildings/ 29. Generic images of a Gym, Office Space and a dance Studio, Web source: http://www.sitoscopie.com/gym-reviewsbox-n-burn-santa-monica/ https://www.directivecommunication.net/officeessentials/ http://www.bspdancestudio.com/
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