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Laneway Commissions 2010

The City of Melbourne has announced the Laneway Commissions for 2010. This annual public art commission began in 2001, providing a range of temporary works for Melbourne’s laneways.

Public Writing
Anthony McInneny

Lingham Lane

Public Writing, Anthony McInneny

[Source: City of Melbourne]

Public Writing is a video work by Melbourne based artist Anthony McInneny. On the bluestone walls of Lingham Lane, Public Writing presents an animation of a hybrid writing machine that types sections of text lifted from broadcast and print media.

Matt Blackwood with Tony Birch, Barry Dickens and Cate Kennedy

Various locations in the CBD

MyStory, Matt Blackwood

[Source: MyStory]

Story sites:
Tony Birch: Equitable Place, McKillop Street and Bank Place
Matt Blackwood: Masons Lane, Union Lane and The Causeway
Barry Dickins: Block Arcade: ‘Adams Gallery’, Block Arcade: ‘The Rare Stamp and Coin Shop of J.P. Downie, Esq’, and Block Place: ‘Dinkum Pies’
Cate Kennedy: Whitehart Lane, Hardware Street and St. Francis Church (corner of Lonsdale and Elizabeth streets)

MyStory presents four self-guided audio and text tours, designed to take you on an immersive literary journey through some of the city’s most intriguing laneways. Using mobile technologies, audiences will discover the laneways anew, accompanied by the stories of four Melbourne writers, spinning tales of past and present.

For information on how to access MyStory content and a detailed map of project sites, visit

Urban Codemakers
Troy Innocent

Guildford Lane and surrounds

Urban Codemakers, Troy Innocent

[Source: Urban Codemakers]

Combining the elements of a city treasure hunt and online gaming, Urban Codemakers explores the ways in which urban space is contested.

For information on how to play the game, visit

City of Melbourne has produced a PDF brochure with further information about the 2010 Laneway Commissions.


Following our recent post providing a link to the 2010 Victorian Architecture Award winners, we decided to include these photos of EastLink. Designed by Wood Marsh, the project won the Joseph Reed Award for Urban Design. All images are courtesy of ConnectEast & Heaven Pictures.

Eastlink runs for 39 kilometres between Donvale in Melbourne’s north east, through Dandenong, to Frankston in the south-east of Melbourne. A series of artworks have been installed along the motorway including works by James Angus, Emily Floyd, Callum Morton and Simeon Nelson.
















Ellipsoidal Freeway Sculpture, James Angus

Ellipsoidal Freeway Sculpture, James Angus

Public Art Strategy, Emily Floyd

Public Art Strategy, Emily Floyd

Hotel, Callum Morton

Hotel, Callum Morton

Desiring Machine, Simeon Nelson

Desiring Machine, Simeon Nelson

The Eastlink website provides information about the artworks and a map showing their location.

2010 Victorian Architecture Awards

Joseph Reed Award for Urban Design – Eastlink Freeway by Wood Marsh
[Source: ConnectEast & Heaven Pictures]

A quick link to the recent winners from the 2010 Victorian Architecture Awards

Melbourne Open House

Melbourne Open House

Melbourne Open House, 24th and 25th of July [Source: Melbourne Open House]

Melbourne Open House will feature over 60 buildings open free to the public on the 24th and 25th of July. As part of the event, ‘Design this! Density in Melbourne’ takes place this Monday where architects and planners will discuss strategies for sustainable city growth.

With upcoming commitments our opportunities to post over the next two weeks will be limited. From the beginning of August we will continue our regular posts.

State of Design

Victoria’s design festival – State of Design, begins today with a 12 day programme of activities, talks and exhibitions. The festival theme ‘Change by Design’ was developed by Studio Binocular, this year’s creative partner. Events with a focus on the built environment include:

Friday 2 –Sunday 18 July
Exhibition offering multiple insights on how social sports are manifested in the city’s fabric.

Curating Desire: Designing Melbourne’s Retail Landscape
Thursday 22 July
Discussion about the changing shape of Melbourne’s retail landscape, including shop design, laneways, malls and shopping strips

Creating Sustainable Neighbourhoods
Friday 23 July
Forum exploring how behavioural change and precinct development interrelate to create sustainable communities.

Four Goals for Promoting Urban Cycling with Mikael Colville-Andersen
Saturday 24 July
Mikael Colville-Andersen, Denmark’s Bicycle Ambassador, will give a presentation explaining Copenhagen’s journey – then, now and into the future – towards establishing the bicycle as a feasible, acceptable form of transport.

Nine Star Energy Efficient Design in an Urban Environment
Sunday 25 July
Event providing both technical and practical information about designing and building sustainable energy efficient buildings.

The full programme of public events is available on the State of Design website.

2010 Australia Award for Urban Design

2010 Australia Award for Urban Design

Geelong Youth Activity Precinct, winner of the 2010 Australia Award for Urban Design [Source:]

The Geelong Youth Activity Precinct by The City of Greater Geelong has won the 2010 Australia Award for Urban Design. The judges commented that the project “is responsive to the specific requirements of youth – often marginalised in our public and private spaces”.

The annual award was created by the Urban Design Taskforce and is hosted by the Planning Institute of Australia. Other winners included BVN Architecture and Queensland Department of Transport for ‘Inner Northern Busway’ and RTA Urban Design Section, NSW for ‘Beyond the Pavement RTA urban design policy, procedures and design principles’.

Victorian Architecture Awards Exhibition

Melbourne Recital Centre, ARM, 2009 Victorian Architecture Medal
[Source: Visual City]

Entries from the 2010 Victorian Architecture Awards will be exhibited at Guildford Lane Gallery from Wednesday 23 June until Saturday 17 July. A series of free floor talks will also take place:

6.00pm Tuesday 6 July – Public New, Public Alterations & Additions
6.00pm Wednesday 7 July – Residential New
6.00pm Thursday 8 July – Interior & Small
6.00pm Tuesday 13 July – Residential Alterations & Additions
6.00pm Wednesday 14 July – Residential Multiple, Heritage & Urban Design
6.00pm Thursday 15 July – Commercial & Sustainable

To register for the talks contact the Australian Institute of Architects.

Built Environment Meets Parliament 2010

The annual conversation between parliamentarians and industry leaders will take place in Canberra from 15-16 June. BEMP 2010 will focus on strategic planning for Australian cities now and for the future, with the results of a capital city strategic plans audit to be released. The audit will measure current major city strategic plans against the COAG’s future capital city strategic planning criteria.

The opening night will include the presentation of the Australia Award for Urban Design. Further information is available on the BEMP website including a list of confirmed speakers and key note presentations from the 2009 event.

Karl Fender appointed AIA National President

Karl Fender, founding director of architectural practice Fender Katsalidis, has been appointed the Australian Institute of Architects’ 71st National President. His key priorities over the next 12 months include:

  • Sustainable communities, cities and architecture.
  • Furthering dialogue between the Federal Government and the profession on a range of issues and projects.
  • Establishing an Australian Government Architect position within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
  • Planning Reform.
  • Championing an urbanist view of Australian cities.
  • Fostering relationships between the Institute and architecture community working in Australia and offshore.

Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize

Aerial view of Bilbao

Aerial view of Bilbao [Source: Estibaliz Alvarez –]

Bilbao has won the inaugural Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize. The City of Melbourne gained an honourable mention along with Curitiba and New Delhi.

2010 Venice Architecture Biennale

Proposals by the 17 teams selected for the Australian Pavilion at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale can now be viewed online. John Gollings and Ivan Rijavec head the creative team for the two part exhibition ‘NOW + WHEN Australian Urbanism’. ‘NOW’ will present footage documenting current urban environments in Sydney, Melbourne and Surfers Paradise. ‘WHEN’ will represent the 17 urban imaginings from the ‘Designs for Australian Cities 2050+’ competition. Both sections of the exhibition will employ stereoscopic imaging.

3rd International Urban Design Conference

Abstracts under consideration for the 3rd International Urban Design Conference Designs on our Future can now be viewed on the conference website. The event will take place between 30 August and 1 September at the National Convention Centre in Canberra. With Australia’s population projected to increase by 60 per cent in the next 40 years, Designs on our Future “will examine how our new cities are conceived and our existing ones are adapted, re-designed and managed”.