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Friday, November 18th, 2016

Melbourne’s booming Airbnb market

Researchers from the University of Melbourne have conducted the first in-depth analysis of the Airbnb property market in Melbourne, showing the number of monthly bookings has rocketed by 600 percent in the last two years.

Melbourne's booming Airbnb market

Melbourne Airbnb property market has boomed in the last 2 years

At the same time, the total number of Airbnb houses, apartments, bed-and-breakfast units and private rooms has grown steadily from fewer than 5,000 in October 2014, to approximately 17,500 listings in metropolitan Melbourne today.

The research, conducted by Dr Gideon Aschwanden and Dr Andy Krause from the Melbourne School of Design in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, also found that the market grew most quickly over the summer months from December 2015 to February 2016.

“Over the summer period, around $12 to $14 million a month, or $500,000 a night, was spent on Airbnb in Melbourne,” they said. “This compares to $A2 million a month, or $65,000 every night in October 2014.”

While market growth predictably slowed over winter (occupancy rates are lower), monthly revenues in 2016 are still more than double what they were in the same month last year and they look set to rise again over spring.

“It will be interesting to see if a similar seasonal market increase occurs again this coming summer of if we witness ‘peak’ Airbnb.”

The research report includes detailed information on each property—such as location, number of rooms, and advertisement dates. It also includes information about the daily booking status and price of each property for each day since October 2014.

Dr Aschwanden and Dr Krause also identified the hotspots for Airbnb accommodation in Melbourne.

The greatest concentration of Airbnb properties is in the CBD near Southern Cross Station. Other clusters are on the northern end of Chapel Street in South Yarra, St Kilda, the Carlton/Fitzroy/Collingwood area and the southern end of Bay Street in Port Melbourne.

Overall, nearly all Airbnb units in Melbourne as located within 5 to 7 km of the CBD. Entire homes and apartments have the highest occupancy rates compared with private rooms.


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Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Melbourne School of Design collects multiple awards

The Institute Of Structural Engineers, based in London, recently announced that the Melbourne School of Design won best education project at the Structural Awards 2015. This is a significant award as it covers several categories, and is awarded “for excellence in the structural design of buildings… which either facilitate learning or support healthcare…”

University of Melbourne School of Design

University of Melbourne School of Design

The award follows the 2015 National Architecture Awards on Nov. 5, at which the Melbourne School of Design won The Daryl Jackson Award for Educational Architecture. It’s the first time the Australian Institute of Architects has given the award. The awards tally for the new home of the Melbourne Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning is now at 13,  significant recognition to a building that has only been open to students for less than a year.

At the Structural Awards, the judges commented that they were “struck by this unusual building which was designed specifically to teach the students about design, structure and construction. So the principal structural materials, wood, steel and concrete, are all used and incorporated to demonstrate their qualities.  Wood is represented by a huge LVL roof to the central atrium; steel by a scissor staircase, and a three-storey high, 12-metre cantilever; and concrete by exposed in-situ beams and post-tensioned slabs—a built dictionary of exposed structure.”

The school was commissioned via an international design competition in 2009. A key element of the brief was “Built Pedagogy,” the concept that the building itself would teach the students about design, structure and construction. The design team adopted a carefully considered program of exposing a number of key structural elements, and also achieves a 6 Star Green Star Education Design Rating and was the first in Australia to achieve all available innovation points. It was also delivered on budget and four months ahead of program.

Previous ABP Dean Tom Kvan, who played a major role in the competition that led to the creation of the award-winning new building, says it’s a significant award which reflects well on the overall intention of the building:

“A key aspect in the design and creation of the Melbourne School of Design was that it embody ‘built pedagogy,’ meaning future students would learn not just from teaching in the building, but from the building itself. This award is yet another significant acknowledgement from industry that we’ve done exactly what we set out to do.”


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Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Making Melbourne resilient

The University of Melbourne and City of Melbourne are joining together to strengthen Melbourne’s resilience in the face of sustainability challenges including global warming.

University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne hopes to promote sustainability

In an announcement made Oct. 20, The City of Melbourne Chair in Resilient Cities is being established to provide a key point of leadership to align the resilience activities of both the City and the university.

Located within the Melbourne Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning and working closely with the Melbourne Sustainable Society’s Institute, (MSSI) the Chair will work to enhance and support the many initiatives supporting resilience in the City, the university, their partners and communities.

The Chair will lead this alignment of resilience across the full scope of the university’s faculties and interests.

Professor Brendan Gleeson, Director of MSSI said the Chair will look at urban resilience and identify and seek new partnerships including enhancing student opportunities to build world-class teaching and research programs.

“MSSI is strongly committed to building a collaborative and supportive network to achieve our high expectations.  The new role will build capacity to develop and support open communication based upon trust and respect,” Professor Gleeson said.

Such a key role will aim to influence and stimulate public debate and policy through engaging with both local and international communities.

University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis said the Chair will become another key element in promoting sustainability across the university and beyond.

“The aspiration for a clean and green environment, and resilient society, informs the values of the university, and is in turn reflected in our work.”

“This Chair builds on this aspiration. We’re excited about the opportunities this collaboration with the City of Melbourne will bring in promoting our shared goals for sustainability, and further enhancing Melbourne’s role as a national leader in knowledge based urban resilience.”

“As a knowledge city, the City of Melbourne is delighted to partner with the University of Melbourne in a joint chair, a chair of resilience and of cities in general,” said Melbourne’s Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle.

“This is a first for the City of Melbourne and the University of Melbourne but one that we feel will add great firepower to the study of not just what makes us such a liveable city but also such a resilient city and, more importantly, how that can be sustained in the future.”


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Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Melbourne architecture students build shelter with remote Indigenous communities

A team of twelve University of Melbourne architecture students, with the support of the MacDonnell Regional Council, have travelled to the remote Indigenous communities of Areyonga and Amoonguna in the Northern Territory to build much-needed sheltering structures alongside the local communities.

Students participating in the Bower Studio—named after ‘bower shelter’, a structure traditionally used by Indigenous Australians meeting together to shelter from sun, rain or wind—have constructed a bus stop and taxi shelter, a multi-purpose shade structure, and furniture such as benches and seats tailored to community needs.

Since 2008, Bower Studio participants have designed and constructed buildings such as a neonatal centre, an early childhood learning centre, houses, computer labs, and community centres, in cooperation with 12 partner communities.

Project leader Dr David O’Brien, Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Melbourne, said that structures such as these are vital for community health and well-being.

“In the central desert of Australia, a shelter will provide much relief from the heat for residents,” Dr O’Brien said.

“Currently, in order to access public transport there is no protection from the elements. What we’re doing is creating sheltered pavilions which work with the climate to create cool and shaded protection from the sun and shelter from rain” he said.

The Bower Studio is a project offered to Master of Architecture students at the University of Melbourne, and involves a select group of participants travelling to remote areas to create environmentally sustainable and culturally relevant community and housing infrastructure.

“The aim of these studios is to develop systems and training for local communities that other building teams can replicate, providing a benefit to the community that continues long after we’ve left,” Dr O’Brien said.

Upon their return, the students will use the experience to develop their catalogue of designs, refine construction processes and outline ways to empower communities to realise their own community infrastructures.

Melbourne School of Design

The University of Melbourne’s newest building, Melbourne School of Design, to house the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning was launched Dec. 11, 2014.

The building has been constructed with the latest design innovations and cutting edge technology, with features including a structural timber roof supporting three levels of suspended studios, a Japanese Room and Garden on the top level, a rainwater collection system and flexible teaching spaces.

University of Melbourne Master of Architecture

In the Master of Architecture you will gain

  • cutting-edge skills to help advance built environment design
  • grounding in architectural history, theory and technology so you create innovative architecture, relevant to time and place, people and culture
  • highly developed skills to manage an architectural practice and lead or work within cross-discipline project teams
  • a sustainable outlook with the ability to use new materials and technologies to create environmentally sustainable buildings

Program title: Master of Architecture
Location: Parkville, Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: July and March
Program duration: 2 years

Apply to the University of Melbourne Architecture School!


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Thursday, January 8th, 2015

University of Melbourne School of Design

The University of Melbourne’s newest building, Melbourne School of Design, to house the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning was launched Dec. 11.

The building has been constructed with the latest design innovations and cutting edge technology, with features including a structural timber roof supporting three levels of suspended studios, a Japanese Room and Garden on the top level, a rainwater collection system and flexible teaching spaces.

Professor Tom Kvan, Dean of the Melbourne Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning, said the building showcases innovative elements that are at the global forefront of the design industry.

“The building is the embodiment of the architectural and design principles explored at the Melbourne School of Design,” Professor Kvan said.

“This building practices what we teach. It’s a building dedicated to pushing design frontiers and approaching challenges with innovative solutions.”

The completed building has left various features carefully exposed so, as students walk around it, they can see examples of how heritage can be integrated, how materials can work in different ways and how innovative structural solutions enable great spaces.

“The layout of the studios, workspaces, galleries and offices are interwoven, bringing the disciplines of architecture, urbanism, construction and landscape architecture into contact, as people pass through these spaces and cross-pollinate ideas,” said Professor Kvan.

Delivered four months early on a tight budget, the Melbourne School of Design has been awarded a 6 Green Star Design Rating, including the full 10 points for innovation, that commends its world leadership in sustainable building practices.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis is thrilled to see the environmental credentials of the newest addition to the Parkville campus.

“I’m delighted that we have this building on the campus. It’s a first for the university and a gratifying example of our aspiration to be an environmentally responsible citizen,” said Prof Davis.


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Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

University of Melbourne talks green urban planning

Australian councils are being urged to take up new guidelines in green urban planning to create cooler cites with greener landscapes to reduce the risk of heat stress.

Australia is experiencing a trend of hotter temperatures and as a result heat stress is now a serious health problem for Australians who live in urban areas.

University of Melbourne School of Design and Architecture

Study urban planning at the University of Melbourne

Research published in the Landscape and Urban Planning journal, led by the University of Melbourne suggest interventions to cool our urban hot spots using features like green facades.

Guideline author Dr Nick Williams from Resource Management and Geography said, “Our research has developed a framework for better urban green infrastructure that can reduce urban air and surface temperatures.”

“During the day buildings and streets absorb solar radiation and release the heat at night keeping urban areas warmer than the surrounding countryside. But this can be tempered with a range of effective urban green designs. This includes greater use of trees, green roofs and facades, ” said Dr Williams.

Using thermal images Dr Williams and his collaborators at the University of Melbourne and Monash University studied the City of Port Phillip as a typical urban environment.

“The City of Geelong has adopted the framework and we are hoping other Australian councils and shires will follow suit as its now community health issue.”

The research identified ‘hot spots’ and addresses factors like street geometry, soil and water availability, maintenance issues and community behaviour.

University of Melbourne Master of Urban Planning

Program title: Master of Urban Planning
Location: Parkville, Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: March 2015
Program duration: 2 years

In the Master of Urban Planning, students will examine the interaction between people, the places they live and the policies that help shape economically viable, socially just, environmentally sustainable, safe and healthy communities. Students will explore

  • the frameworks and operations of different planning systems and debates;
  • different perspectives on urban problems, policies, planning and practices;
  • planning in relation to critical issues such as housing, energy, health, strategy, transport, economy and disaster recovery; and
  • the way in which planning decisions impact on real world situations.

The program allows students to develop expertise in an area of specialisation in preparation for a focused career. As well as core courses, electives and a research thesis, they will complete four courses in one of the following areas:

  • International development planning
  • Urban development and planning
  • Social and community planning
  • Environmental planning

Career Outcomes

Many Master of Urban Planning graduates enter the public sector and work in government departments and agencies, or for local councils and regions.

The private sector and civil society, within Australia and internationally, offers an increasing range of employment opportunities, including urban planning and design, environmental and transport planning consultancies, property development companies, and housing and community advocacy. There are also opportunities in tertiary education and research.

Urban planners work with teams of related professionals such as architects, landscape architects, engineers, environmental scientists, economists, property valuers, real estate developers, lawyers and sociologists.


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Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Take a walk: University of Melbourne finds urban design can encourage activity

A University of Melbourne study recently revealed that residents of new housing developments increased their exercise and their well-being when they had more access to shops and parks.

The 10-year study found that the overall health of residents of new housing developments in Western Australia improved when their daily walking increased as a result of more access to parks, public transport, shops and services, the university said.

Lead researcher Professor Billie Giles-Corti, Director of the McCaughey VicHealth Centre for Community Wellbeing at the University of Melbourne (in the university’s School of Population and Global Health, associated with the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences) told the university that the study provided long-term evidence that residents’ walking increased with greater availability and diversity of local transport and recreational destinations.

“The study demonstrates the potential of local infrastructure to support health-enhancing behaviours,” she told the University of Melbourne.

The study examined the impact of urban planning on active living in metropolitan Perth, Western Australia. More than 1,400 participants building homes in new housing developments were surveyed before relocation to new homes and approximately 12 months later, according to the university.

The study found that for every local shop, residents’ physical activity increased an extra five or six minutes of walking per week. For every recreational facility available such as a park or beach, residents’ physical activity increased by an extra 21 minutes per week, the University of Melbourne stated.

“This means that where there is an environment that supports walking with access to multiple facilities residents walked much more,” Giles-Corti told the university. These findings could inform public health and urban design policy demonstrating that people respond to an environment that is supportive of physical activity, according to the university.

“Given that being physically active reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes, which are both huge costs to the health system, these results could have huge implications for government policy such as the Victorian State Government’s new Metropolitan Planning Strategy,” Giles-Corti told the university.

The study was published in the journal Social Science & Medicine.

The study will also likely be looked upon with interest by the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning. The University of Melbourne has a long history with architecture, building and planning studies, introducing Australia’s first studies in architecture in the 1860s. The Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning has an outstanding reputation for educating top-class professionals in the wide range of disciplines involved in the planning, design, production and management of the built and natural environment.

At the undergraduate level, the Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning offers the Bachelor of Environments program, allowing students to focus on a major study area in their second and third years. Within the Bachelor of Environments, students can choose their majors from architecture, construction, landscape architecture, landscape management, property and urban design.


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Thursday, January 17th, 2013

University of Melbourne’s Faculty of ABP landscape changing

Demolition on the Architecture and Old Commerce buildings at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning commenced last month, but today a larger-than-life reminder of the building’s deconstruction arrived.

A massive, 150-tonne crane arrived at the Architecture, Building and Planning site this morning, and is planned to remain there for at least a week. The university indicated that the crane will initially look a bit out of place, parked in the Redmond Barry car park, but will be later relocated to the south side of the building. It will be used to lift excavators to the roof to demolish the building materials from the top, down.

Work started to dismantle the old building in mid-December, and will continue on to April 2013. The University of Melbourne is reporting that the heaviest work on the site will take place in the coming weeks, spanning from late January to the end of March. Following an international design competition in 2009, that attracted 133 submissions from 15 countries, the team of John Wardle Architects, from Melbourne, and NADAAA, from Boston, was awarded the contract.  The building will take the Faculty into the future, with remarkable student learning spaces, including a Japanese Room which walks out onto a landscaped terrace.

Of course, the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning would be remiss if it didn’t take a special interest in the building process of its signature facility.

To that effect, the faculty has set up time-lapse photography, viewing and tours of the site. Three time-lapse cameras have been positioned to capture the demolition and contraction works over the next 24 months. In fact, hourly progress images are even available to view online. Videos taken will be compiled upon project completion.

Want to see the action up close and personal? A viewing platform is being installed on site starting mid-2013, so staff and students within the Faculty and the University of Melbourne can learn from the building’s progress. In addition, viewing rooms will also be available in the Redmond Barry building, overlooking the construction site.

If seeing the construction in person isn’t your thing, the school is blogging about the process. For updates on the building, and interesting images of the progress of demolition, tune in to http://www.abp.unimelb.edu.au/blog.

Demolition of the Faculty of Architecture and Building and Planning building started in December, before the holiday break.  Back in November, a farewell night for the architecture and Old Commerce buildings attracted more than 1,000 staff, students and alumni of the faculty to reminisce, say goodbye and celebrate a legacy of learning at the faculty.


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Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

UQ and University of Melbourne: Are there enough women in architecture?

UQ and the University of Melbourne have asked the question: are there enough women in architecture? A new website has been launched by the two universities to foster discussion around the international under-representation of women in architecture.

The site, Parlour: Women, Equity, Architecture was co-created by Dr Naomi Stead from UQ and is edited by Justine Clark from The University of Melbourne to bring together research, informed opinion and resources on women, equity and architecture.

It has created both national and international discussion on the role and importance of women in the architectural profession.

Dr. Stead, a research fellow for UQ‘s Centre for Architecture Theory Criticism History, says Parlour provides a much-needed forum for discussion and opportunities available for women in the industry.

“The architecture profession likes to think of itself as a progressive, equitable meritocracy, but unfortunately that’s just not the case,” Dr. Stead said.

“While we don’t believe that explicit prejudice or discrimination is a significant problem in the profession in Australia, we do know that there is implicit bias, a lack of pay equity, and that women as a group are not remaining in the profession, and progressing to leadership positions, as they should.”

Although the website has an Australian focus, the issues it covers are international.

Addressing a current lack of resources and platforms available to women architects, Parlour aims to provide a forum for discussion on workplace issues in architecture, including flexible conditions and work/life balance, as well as celebrating the many female architects who contribute to the profession.

“What we’re aiming for here is real social change,” Dr. Stead said. “It’s one thing to undertake scholarly research. It’s another to actually reach out to the profession.

“We’ve already demonstrated that there is a problem, and Parlour will allow us to connect with the entire architectural profession and start a conversation about how we want to work, and how this can be better and more equitable for both women and men in architecture.”

It reminds us of the How I Met Your Mother episode when Ted Mosby becomes a professor and walks into an economics class, thinks he’s in the right class and starts lecturing on architecture. Maybe the world does need more women in architecture!


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