The Melbourne Section

Investigating future scenarios for a sustainable growth across Melbourne.



  • A/Prof Milica Topalovic
  • Martin Knüsel

Partner organisations

  • XPACE architecture + urban design
  • Future Cities Labratory, Singapore ETH Centre (SEC)

Cities should be understood as interdependent urban systems, relying on complex resource networks. New urban models and typologies that demonstrate an integrated position in both urbanism and architecture will produce successful urban ecologies.

Maud Cassaignau & Markus Jung

A year-long examination of Melbourne’s urban conditions exposed opportunities and provoked future scenarios for sustainable densification on a number of scales. Aiming to address the impacts and effects of population growth, changing identity, economical interdependency and climate change, The Melbourne Section challenges planimetric thinking through a sectional investigation, acting as a catalyst for urban transformation. It emphasises the importance of urban analyses as a means of discovery.

Enticed by Melbourne’s enormous urban boundary and contrastingly small number of inhabitants, the team analysed the eastern band as a series of smaller components, each revealing complexities and unique aspects of culture, economy, infrastructure, resources, education and history. The revelation of these existing qualities, strengths and potentials, acted as the catalyst for the design process, while offering cues for a holistic approach. Rigorous on-site mapping, first person inquisition, historical investigation and demographic analysis instigated notions of mixed-use employment, housing and education through innovative and resource-conscious densification.
XPACE architecture + urban design
Future Cities Laboratory, Singapore-ETH-Centre (SEC)
Assistant Professorship of Architecture and Territorial Planning
Asst. Prof. Milica Topalovic

MADA Architecture students
Semester 1 2013 - research students: Ashini de Alwis, Edward De Fegely, Charlie Du, Benjamin Ellul, Angus Hamilton, Steve Kasinski, Lara Pannuzzo, William Tymms, Son Voong, Sophie Weber, Kai Zhu

Semester 2 2013 - design students: Ashini De Alwis, Timothy Cox, Charlie Du, Benjamin Ellul, Charlotte Fitzgibbon, Tim Fok, Anne- Lise Ip Sian Thoo, Steve Kasinski, Viet Luc, Damian Palamara, Robert Rosamilia, Sara Sidari, Son Voong