The Future of Skyscrapers in Melbourne: From Hyper-Density to the Uplift Principle

Giorgio Marfella
University of Melbourne, Melbourne

Melbourne is theater to an ongoing skyscraper boom. Considering the recent projects completed, under construction, approved, or under proposal, the outlook of high-rise activity in the central business district and Southbank seems to be indicative of a world-class, supertall megacity. In the near future, Melbourne will compete with cities like Chicago, Seoul, Singapore, and Tokyo for having a large number of buildings of 200-plus meters. In early 2016, as the effects of the boom have become more visible, debate and controversy about hyper-dense developments has prompted the State of Victoria to introduce new built-form controls. Based on a sample of buildings of 150-plus meters, this presentation described the "tall" component of this boom to date. The entity, forms, agents, typologies, and technologies of this urban transformation were summarized and, in view of recent developments, the possible impact of newly implemented planning controls was discussed.

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