All posts by Dez Stallard

Vale_Suzy Boyd Vale Suzy A’Beckett Boyd - Suzy-Boyd_grey-330x198 - suzy boyd
The Tract family sadly announce the passing of Suzy Boyd, after her short battle with illness.[....]

Rethinking The Strip – 2014 Tract Forum - finish-line-330x330 - rethinking the strip
The 2014 Tract Forum was held in Melbourne last week. It brought around 110 staff from all our national offices together with industry representatives and a range of stakeholders for a series of open conversations around decline of traditional Strip Shopping in Australia.[....]

In October, Tract’s entire national practice will gather together for our biennial ideas and networking forum. Our 2014 Forum, 'Rethinking the Strip' focuses on the challenges facing traditional strip shopping precincts, based on-location from 23-25 October in one the most pertinent case studies, our own Bridge Road precinct.[....]

Tract Consultants - Bridge Road Popup Workshop Tract Pops Up On Bridge Road - Tract-Map-2-WEB-330x198 - Tract Pops Up On Bridge Road
During the four weeks in the lead in to our, Tract is establishing a pop up meeting space called the 'Tract WorkShop' that is located in the heart of Richmond's Bridge Road retail strip in a previously vacant shop front at Shop 1, 177 Bridge Road.[....]

Tract Consultants - The University Of Melbourne Workshop 01 Tract Visits The University of Melbourne - DTL-UniMelb2-330x206 - tract visits the university of melbourne
As part of our upcoming forum, Rethinking the Strip, Tract is collaborating with The University of Melbourne to deliver a Studio as part of the Melbourne School of Design.[....]

Melbourne Open House 2014 – The Quays, NAB Bourke St - IMG_6197_edit-330x198 - Melbourne Open House 2014 - The Quays, NAB Bourke St
My first stop for the day was at ‘The Quays’, Docklands, designed by McBride Charles Ryan and developed by MAB. I was fortunate to meet Debbie Ryan, who was on hand to answer questions and lead tours. She was full of joy! And that permeated throughout the building, which contains a riot of vibrant colours - the firm’s iconic use of purple foremost, mossy green, rich red, vivid aqua, black and white, and extensive use of pearlescent tile in varying tones. [....]

Minister launches three regional growth plans - Matthew-Guy-330x247 - Minister for Planning has launched three regional growth plans
Last week, the Minister for Planning has launched three regional growth plans; the Loddon Mallee North Regional Growth Plan, the Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Growth Plan and the Great South Coast Regional Growth Plan. [....]

Tract Consultants - Steve Calhoun - Steve Calhoun to 'Master' next Walsh Street Design Studio Steve Calhoun to ‘Master’ next Walsh Street Design Studio - Scalhoun_news-330x198 - Walsh Street Design Studio
Steve Calhoun, a founding director of Tract, has been invited to be the ‘Master Designer’ of the next Walsh Street Design Studio.[....]

Benched, Delisted or Promoted? Plan Melbourne’s Draft v Final - Plan-Melbourne-May-2014-1-330x198 - Plan Melbourne
Just as the 2014 AFL season is getting serious, players and spectators in the planning and development game have another distraction – the much-anticipated release of Plan Melbourne.[....]

Tract Consultants - Roden Street - Apartment Frontage Could money one day grow on rooftop trees? - Roden-Street-Apartment-Frontage-330x206 - Could money one day grow on rooftop trees
Could money one day grow on rooftop trees? Whenever I’m in Melbourne, I find myself doing this, and the question that always springs to mind is the same...[....]

Tract Steps Up Industry Involvement - photo1212-330x205 - Ranging in level from Student (Rob Marks) to Planner (Ben Daly) to Senior Planner (Simon Loader), Tract now flies three flags on the VYP Committee which comprises 13 young professionals across Victoria.
Building upon the example of senior staff members including Justin Slater (PCA), Kirsten Kilpatrick, Nevan Wadeson, and Adam Terrill (UDIA), 2014 marks a year of Tract’s unprecedented involvement within PIA’s Victorian Young Planners (‘VYP’) Committee. Ranging in level from Student (Rob Marks) to Planner (Ben Daly) to Senior Planner (Simon Loader), Tract now flies three [....]

Tract_News_Melbourne_Uni Tractors in action at the University of Melbourne  - melb_uni3-330x103 - urban-focussed subjects this semester within the Architecture, Building & Planning Faculty at the University of Melbourne
Ben Daly, Aki Hatayama and Mark Skiba have been accepted as tutors in urban-focussed subjects this semester within The University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning. Ben is tutoring in ‘Urban History’ under Dr. David Nichols, author of The Bogan Delusion and co-author of Trendyville. This second year subject examines the ideas, values, [....]

The Tarrawarra Vineyard and Museum of Art features prominently in the new advertisement for the Melbourne Grand Prix. Founding Director of and design lead on the Tarrawarra project, Steve Calhoun, produced the site masterplan which included the winery, vineyard layout, MOMA Gallery, interconnecting road ways, dams for water supply and revegetation of environmentally sensitive areas [....]

Tract_Urban Forest The Urban Forest - temp_difference-330x146 - The Urban Forest
We have a cloistered courtyard here in our Tract Richmond office – north facing. Three sides of the office peer onto it with floor to ceiling glazing, the forth side of the box is a vine covered brick wall with a door onto the car park on the other side. In the courtyard are four [....]

Tract-Sri_Lanka1 Invaluable urban planning experience in Sri Lanka - Tract-Sri_Lanka1-330x198 - Invaluable urban planning experience in Sri Lanka
Tract volunteers its planning and landscape expertise alongside other Melbourne professionals in Mannar, northern Sri Lanka. In March 2013, we stumbled upon a Request for Expressions of Interest in PIA’s e-newsletter. It sought applications from professionals to volunteer their urban planning, urban design or landscape architecture expertise for planning projects in the northern Sri Lankan [....]

Tract_Consultants-Photo_Season3 Spring is Photo Season - Tract_Consultants-Photo_Season16-330x198 - Spring is Photo Season
Spring is our favourite time of the year. As we look towards another hot summer, we reflect on how much we love spring. The weather improves and our landscaped environments are at their best. Because of this, there is no better time for our photographers to visit some of our recent projects and capture them [....]

Following the release of the reformed residential zones by the State Government on 1 July 2013, councils have been reviewing existing planning policies and investigating the best strategic options for applying the new suite of zones in their municipalities.[....]

Tract Consultants - New Website New Tract Website - tract-news-web-330x194 - New tract website
Tract is excited to release our new website, with a fresh modern look, interactive functionality and user-friendly navigation it has been designed to showcase Tract’s skills, people, and our celebrated projects. The site takes on a clean aesthetic designed to invite and encourage visitor roaming and discovery. Highlights of the new site are: The expertise [....]