VCAT knocks back carpark-free Nightingale Apartments by Breathe Architecture
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In the wake of the recent Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) decision to reject Breathe Architecture’s carpark-free Nightingale apartments in Melbourne, a seminar has been organised to discuss what went wrong with the project and what lies ahead for sustainable high density developments in the city.

The Victoria Planning & Environmental Law Association (VPELA) in conjunction with Ratio Consultants have organised the seminar, Where we're going, we don't need roads? VCAT's Nightingale decision, car parking and the future of sustainable development , which will be held on Monday 9th of November.

The seminar will be held at the Treasury Theatre, lower level, Treasury Building at 5:15pm for a 5:30pm start and will include a keynote from Breathe Architecture Director Jeremy McLeod.

Here is an explanation of the night courtesy of VPELA:

Just before Back to the Future's 2015 day, VCAT made a decision that caused many to reflect on the future transport needs of our city. In refusing planning approval for the Nightingale Project because of insufficient parking, debate has raged about parking needs, transport patterns and indeed the future of the car itself. It's been hard to miss the Nightingale Project, following in the footsteps of the award winning ‘The Commons’, both famous for their environmental credentials, financial model and tenacious community supporters. Hear first-hand from key insiders and industry experts about what went wrong with Nightingale, what lies ahead for sustainable high density developments, and what it means for car parking and future transport options across Melbourne.

The seminar will be chaired by Adam Terrill, Executive Director of VPELA and senior principal at Tract Consultants.

Speakers include:

  • Jeremy McLeod, Architect and Developer, Breathe Architecture.
  • Tamara Brezzi, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright and President VPELA 
  • Dr Stephen Rowley, Lecturer, RMIT University
  • Brett Young, Director Transport Engineering, Ratio

Bookings are essential and details of the night and how to book can be found here