[Hpn] Designing new ideas for Melbourne...

Ria Strong strongvoice@start.com.au
Wed, 13 Sep 2000 19:07 +1000

Found on the infoXchange noticeboard...



DATE: Friday, September 8, 2000 


Melbourne's former fish market that is now used largely for
car-parking has been put to the challenge of
an architectural competition to raise $80,000 for homeless people.

The Minister for Planning, John Thwaites, today launched the project -
the brainchild of Hanover
Welfare Services - that has brought together leading developers and
architects to come up with design
solutions for the neglected site on the Yarra's northbank.

"Hanover Welfare Services, with the support of the State Government,
City of Melbourne, the Royal
Australian Institute of Architects and RMIT, has created a competition
for some of Victoria's best
architects and developers," Mr Thwaites said.

"The challenge is for them to come up with a creative design solution
for the neglected site bounded by
Batman Park, Flinders, King and Spencer Streets, which is an important
new entry point to Melbourne
with the development of the Docklands."

The State Government has donated $20,000 for the first prize and eight
developers have contributed
$10,000 each, with seven participating in the competition to raise
funds for Melbourne's homeless.

The brief to the competitors is to integrate commercial and social
accommodation in a memorable urban

Mr Thwaites said the competition would raise awareness of the issues
that need to be considered in
redeveloping city sites, and the role good architecture plays in
making a successful public place.

"This project is an excellent example of how State and local
government, industry, professional
associations and academia can work together to support a worthwhile
cause and raise awareness for the
needs of Victoria's homeless," Mr Thwaites said.

The brief is for a realistic development option that integrates a
dozen self-contained emergency
accommodation units, with active commercial frontages that respect
Batman Park.

Ideas to enclose the rail viaducts, improve access to public transport
and demolish the Flinders Street
vehicle overpass are also part of the design brief.

"The Government supports the involvement of the community in the
planning system and it will be
enjoyable to see what some of Victoria's top developers, teamed with
top architects, come up with to
revitalise this site," Mr Thwaites said.

"What we will see is seven very different design solutions befitting
the diverse community that we have -
bringing this area of the city alive through innovation in design," Mr
Thwaites said.

         Ria Strong            
     Melbourne, Australia      

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