Architecture

Cities, town urbanism, town planning, pretty photos of buildings, and the stories behind them.

Trees in a Bunnings Warehouse car park

Car parks are usually known for their asphalt, not trees, but the Bunnings Warehouse in Sunshine tried their best. Google Street View, September 2016 With trees flanking the rows of parking. Google Maps, July 2016 But as part of the 2017 expansion of the store, every tree in the car park was chopped down. Google […]

Old and inappropriate subdivisions of Victoria

A recent theme on my blog has been “zombie subdivisions” – suburbs that were created but never took off, resulting in empty streets in the middle of nowhere. It turns out Victorian planing policy has an official name for them – “old and inappropriate subdivisions” and a method of dealing with them – “restructure overlays”. […]

Ghosts of the past beside the Princes Freeway

As a kid growing up in Geelong during the 1990s, driving up the Princes Freeway to Melbourne was a regular occurrence. Back then empty paddocks were a common sight, but today they are all gone except for one – a paddock between Kororoit Creek Road and the Laverton railway bridge. Exploring the paddock The bulk […]

Summerlands – the suburb that penguins reclaimed

As a young kid who spent his spare time flicking through the Melway street directory, there was a place on Phillip Island that always intrigued me – a suburb called ‘Summerlands’, and the mysterious “This area is subject to a Government acquisition program” note alongside. Melway Edition 22 Map 431 (1993) Paying a visit to […]

Modern rooming houses in Melbourne

When I think of “rooming houses” in Melbourne I picture massive run down Victoria-era houses, with lean-tos tacked onto the sides and verandas filled in to create more bedrooms. But it turns out new rooming houses are actually being built around Melbourne, and look almost indistinguishable from the townhouses next door. Development in the south-eastern […]