So with summer almost gone, and the Canberra trip fading fast, it is time for a catch up post on the news and events in Melbourne and architecture since the start of the year.
Urban Sprawl infrastructure report released
One Melbourne or Two? A report written by Essential Economics and commissioned by a group of outer suburban councils referred to in the report as ‘interface councils’ was released to the public. The primary headline was the $9.5 billion price tag that has been put on community infrastructure such as schools, hospitals and public transport over the next 15 years. Perhaps non-surprisingly, the lion’s share of the estimated future expenses went to the capital investment and annual operational subsidy of public transport.
To read the full report check it out here
To read the 2012 Red and Black posts on urban sprawl click here
‘The Lodge on the Lake’ Design Ideas Competition launched
The University of Canberra and the Gallery of Australian Design have launched an architectural competition to design a new official residence for the Prime Minister of Australia. There is no government commitment to undertake this project, however it is hoped that the competition will spark some community interest and discussion.
To check out details of the competition see the official website here
As reported at the end of last year (click here if you missed it) the Architects Registration Board of Victoria is to be absorbed into the new Victorian Building Authority. Last we heard there was to be a period of high level consultation which included the Australian Institute of Architects starting in January 2013.
To see how this process is going I checked in with Jon Clements the serving President of the Victorian Chapter of the AIA.
R+BA- Is there a scheduled time frame for the finalized framework?
JC- We expect the Government’s Building Industry reform process to unfold over the first 6 months of this year.
R+BA- Are you happy with how the negotiations are proceeding?
JC- We have had one meeting with a consultant (KPMG) appointed by the government to canvass industry feedback on proposed reforms. We are hoping that the consultation process will continue over the next couple of months but further consultation meetings are yet to be confirmed.
R+BA- Are there aspects which have been fully agreed to or finalised?
JC- Nothing has been agreed to or finalised at this stage. The ARBV still appears to be likely to be restructured within the proposed VBA but as previously mentioned nothing has been confirmed at this point.
R+BA- Do you have any other comment at this stage?
JC- The AIA are currently preparing a formal response document which will be submitted to the Office of the Premier, the Office of the Minister for Planning and to the appointed consultant (KPMG). The AIA will continue to advise members of any further information or news as it comes to hand (via V-mail).
Thanks once again to Jon for keeping everyone updated as the situation progresses.
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