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October Round-Up or ‘The Past, Present and Future of Australian Construction’

Last month, many articles circling the web discussed the past, the present and the future of Australian construction and architecture.

Here’s your round-up of the most popular articles – covering the current crane count to the world’s most forward-looking architectural concepts and the creation of a new suburb in Victoria:

Crane Count Defies Construction Slowdown

Cranes continue to dot Australian skylines despite the anticipated slowdown in residential construction, the latest data shows.

Unveiling the results of its latest ‘crane count’ quantity surveying and project management advisory outfit Rider Levett Bucknall said the number of cranes dotting the skylines of CBD markets in Australia increased from 654 in the second quarter of this year to 685 in its most recent count.

The result is the highest since the Group began its count in 2012.

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Melbourne Beats Sydney For Architecture Innovation

For decades, Australia’s two largest cities have shared an interesting rivalry. Sydney is the financial capital of the nation, Melbourne is the sporting capital. Sydney has a world-renowned harbor and natural beauty; flatter Melbourne with its less impressive Yarra River responds with culture.

That raises questions about which city has the more innovative architectural culture.

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Aerial photography series follows the evolution of 10 Australian projects

Australian aerial imaging company Nearmap has released a photographic series that chronicles the construction of ten of Australia’s most significant architectural developments in recent years to commemorate its 10th anniversary.

The photographs demonstrate how significantly the landscape can be altered by large-scale developments. One series, for example, covers a six-year stretch from 2011 and shows how a railyard in Adelaide was replaced by the new Royal Adelaide Hospital by Silver Thomas Hanley and DesignInc, and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) by Woods Bagot.

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Probuild Delivers Innovative Design At Marina Tower Melbourne

Probuild has delivered Melbourne’s first “leaning building” — the mixed-use development Marina Tower Melbourne.

The project has been delivered under a design and construct contract for Singaporean developer Hiap Hoe and features dramatic raking facades across two conjoined towers, one 43 and one 36 storeys, in contrasting colours.

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Melbourne Under Construction – A Decade Ago

What was appearing across Melbourne’s skyline a decade ago?

There certainly wasn’t the stupendous number of high-rise towers or low-rise apartment apartment buildings at construction relative to today, but nonetheless a robust construction sector was churning out a respectable number of new and interesting projects.

Here’s a retrospective construction overview at this corresponding period a decade ago.

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The world’s most forward-looking architectural concepts awarded

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) has announced the winners of the WAFX Prize, heralding the world’s most forward-looking architectural concepts.

After extensive deliberation, the festivals directors selected The Hydroelectric Canal by Paul Lukez Architecture (PLA) as the overall winner and winner of the Climate, Energy and Carbon prize for its innovative approach to shaping economic and environmentally resilient self-sustaining communities.

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Victorian Government Creates New Suburb On CBD’s Edge

The Victorian government has rezoned industrial land north-west of Melbourne’s CBD to build thousands of new homes in a bid to tackle housing affordability.

The rezoning will make way for 10,000 new residents in the newly-created suburb, Macaulay, with Planning Minister Richard Wynne announcing changes to the Melbourne Planning Scheme on Monday.

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Cold-Formed Steel: Beyond Nonstructural Interior Walls

Although some builders may think of cold-formed steel (CFS) as an ideal material for interior framing, that’s not the extent of its utility. CFS delivers many advantages in the construction of wall panels, floor joists, roof trusses, and structural walls as well.

Here are just a few ways CFS can be used beyond interior partition walls.

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