Architecture

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

What passes for ‘Transit Orientated Development’ in Melbourne’s west

Transit Orientated Development is a process that maximises the amount of residential, business and leisure space within walking distance of public transport. But at railway stations in Melbourne’s growing western suburbs, the development is anything but. Caroline Springs We start out at Caroline Springs station, located between town and the tip. A massive car park […]

Sunshine’s own Garden City housing estate

In the early 20th century the Garden City town planning movement gained traction in Australia, with housing on spacious lots separated by manicured gardens. The suburb of Garden City in Port Melbourne is the best known local example, but there is a small pocket in the streets of Sunshine – the ‘Concrete Housing Estate’ on […]

1880s land boom houses in Sunshine

Melbourne’s inner suburbs are full of terraced houses dating back to the 1880s land boom, but there is an unexpected suburb where they can also be found – the back streets of Sunshine. Tracking them through time The Benjamin Street, south of Sunshine railway station, the row of single-fronted brick cottages appears on this 1934 […]

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”. […]