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Herzog & de Meuron and Hassell win Melbourne station competition

Herzog & de Meuron and Hassell win Melbourne station competition | green streets | Scoop.it

Herzog & de Meuron and Hassell win the competition to overhaul Melbourne's iconic Flinders Street Station.

The winning design includes the construction of a new barrel-vaulted roof structure that envelops the station and brings light and ventilation onto both new and improved station concourses. The architects also plan to add a new public art gallery dedicated to oceanic and contemporary art, a public plaza, a marketplace, an amphitheatre and a permanent home for some of the city's cultural festival organisations.


"Our proposal respects the heritage, improves all aspects of the transport hub, and underscores its central civic nature with new cultural and public functions for all residents and visitors to Melbourne," says the design team on the competition website.


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Where Are the World's Most Livable Cities?

Where Are the World's Most Livable Cities? | green streets | Scoop.it
The US has some beautiful places, but if you want to root yourself in the world’s most livable city, you’ll need to head Down Under because Melbourne, Australia has again been ranked at the top of the list.

The annual Livability Ranking and Overview assessed living conditions in 140 cities around the world, taking into account 30 factors in five categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure. Each city was then given a score of 0-100, and Melbourne — with a score of 97.5 — reigned supreme for the second year in a row, earning perfect scores for infrastructure, healthcare and education. The Australian cities of Adelaide, Sydney and Perth also made the top 10.In fact, of the 10 most livable cities, seven were in Australia and Canada. Our neighbors to the north who live in Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary inhabit cities that scored between 97.3 and 96.6 in the review.

But what about the US? Honolulu was the highest-ranked American city on the list, and it came at number 26. Counting the Hawaiian paradise, only nine US cities scored above 90 — the others were Pittsburgh, Washington, DC, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, Detroit, Boston and Seattle...

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New shade of green for the city

New shade of green for the city | green streets | Scoop.it

It's out with the old and in with a new tree canopy for Melbourne. 

Now that the solitary, gangly pine tree - 30 metres tall and all that remains of the celebrated Takata Matsubara forest in north-east Japan after the tsunami last March - is dying, all hopes are being pinned to grafting the tree and raising seedlings.

The pine, which until 10 months ago was just one amid 70,000, has come to mean more than its lean trunk and thin crown, something more than its materiality. It has become a symbol of hope and, for a time at least, survival.
Just as trees provide the bones of many private gardens, they help set the tone of the wider public landscape. Like the Japanese pine, this can be because of the emotions we pin to them as well as their physical presence.

Trees - ever-changing and ultimately dying, as they do - can never be viewed as a static part of the landscape and, under the strategy, the emphasis will be on increasing biodiversity and introducing a much wider range of plant species (both natives and exotics) with varying life expectancies, growth rates and growing conditions. Green roofs, walls and balconies will also play a bigger role...

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Urban Planning for Bicycles Hits Second Gear

Urban Planning for Bicycles Hits Second Gear | green streets | Scoop.it
Cities worldwide are increasingly becoming aware of the importance of and opportunities created by an investment in bicycle infrastructure.

This is particularly true in Australia, with the various states and cities updating their biking networks to cater to a growing need for automobile-alternative transport means.
After completing Stage One of the Melbourne Bicycle Plan, the Victorian capital is following in the footsteps of iconic European cycling cities such as Copenhagen and Amsterdam in moving towards developing a more bike-friendly metropolitan area.
The first stage of the plans ran from 2007 until 2011 and focused heavily on making initial networking upgrades and developing the foundations for new cycling infrastructure. The key focuses of that development stage were setting the groundwork for safe networks and developing greater communication with the cycling community.

Now, moving forward with the Draft Bicycle Plan for 2012 – 2016, the city’s commitment to providing ‘safe and connected bicycle routes’ has been further solidified.
According to The City of Melbourne, cyclists’ activities are expected to grow to make up six per cent of all trips to and within the city by 2016. This will account for 15 per cent of inner city peak traffic.
Now that the foundations have been set, city council hopes to build on them with the influence and inclusion of ‘cycling innovation’ standing as the next major goal...

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From mean streets to green streets

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From mean streets to green streets...

Sustainable developments are forcing landlords to lift their game to stay competitive.

A website is seeking to raise the profile of that rare newcomer, the green rental property. When greenmoves.com.au founder Dani King rattles off a list of significant sustainable property developments under construction around town, it certainly sounds promising.

Impressive multi-unit residential developments, such as Breathe Architecture's The Commons in Brunswick, Lend Lease's Convesso apartments at Docklands and Stockland's Selandra Rise community, near Cranbourne, will increase the supply of green rental properties in Melbourne. With councils encouraging sustainable housing in municipalities including Melbourne, Moreland, Yarra, Darebin, Knox, Whitehorse and Banyule, Ms King predicts green properties will be much easier to find and rent...

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