Victorian Apartment Design Standards

Apartments are set to play a big part in Victoria's housing future.
These need to provide quality homes and make a positive contribution to our cities.
The Victorian Apartment Design Standards will address issues of residential amenity and building performance.

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OVGA News round-up

A selection of recent public engagements by OVGA staff

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New Housing for a Shifting Urban Paradigm

The dream of home ownership is becoming more distant for many Victorians, while new urban housing is expensive to procure and a contentious issue for established communities.

In this paper, Tom Alves and Geoffrey London consider a different approach to the provision of medium density housing that has potential to offer homes that are both more affordable and more sustainable.

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Victorian Design Review Panel wins commendation from Planning Institute of Australia


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On Friday 11th October 2013, the Office of the Victorian Government Architect received a Commendation for the Victorian Design Review Panel (VDRP) in the Planning Institute of Australia Planning Excellence 2013 Victoria Awards.

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Government as Smart Client

B&W Hamer Hall redevelopment

The OVGA has developed a set of guidelines 'Government as Smart Client' for building procurement processes, the implications for design quality arising from these processes, and recommended strategies to enable good design.


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Small-scale medium density housing development has been changing the face of many Melbourne suburbs. This process has been incremental and opportunistic; and frequently it is contested strongly by local residents.


Housing Melbourne symposium: 7 Nov 2012

The OVGA's Housing Melbourne Symposium was the primary speakHRH Prince Charles behind the podium at the Melbourne Housing symposiuming engagement for His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales when he visited Australia in November 2012. The OVGA organised the event, which was held at NGV International, in collaboration with Swinburne University. 

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Active Cities Guidelines

On February 4, 2013 the OVGA hosted a seminar with Dr Karen Lee from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Dr Karen Lee was at the forefront in the development of the Active City Guidelines currently being applied in New York. She spoke about how well designed places can have significant impacts upon health and well-being, and the prevention of chronic disease.

You can access the Active City Guidelines here and read her presentation here.

Cranlana Programme 2012 Alumni Speaker Series

On August 15, 2012 the Victorian Government Architect, Geoffrey London spoke at the Cranlana Programme 2012 Alumni Speaker Series about medium density housing. This was broadcast on Radio National on December 17, 2012. To listen to this broadcast visit the ABC Radio National website.

Momentum - New Victorian Architecture

This book showcases the vigour of contemporary architecture in Victoria: innovative, formalist, edgy. Successive generations of Victorian architects maintain the tradition of experimentation. We see this in the work of the architects collected here, leading firms as well as an emerging cohort of experimental practitioners guided by place, environment and community. This is a book for those who love architecture.

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