Stan Zaslavsky

So, how about that Grand Final last week? 

Now that this is over (hurray for Collingwood!) and surprise news for the Victorians with a new premier on the way – it feels like there is a lot of renewed enthusiasm in the air!

Whilst Dan Andrews may not have been too popular over some of his decisions during the pandemic, I thought the initial decision to choose the rail crossings project over the East/West tunnel was exceptionally effective in raising the profile and impacting a much broader scale of problems in a city growing at a very rapid rate. The hope is now that some of the latest decisions will stick and be actualised by the incumbent powers, like the recent announcement of the Social Housing Accelerator – replacing the old red brick social housing buildings in Carlton with new energy-efficient and modern 231 dwellings.

Here are some of the articles I found interesting during the month with key messages from the articles: 

Chart reveals scale of Australian mortgage crisis

Overall housing stock on market remains 25.7 per cent below its five-year average nationally and 20.7 per cent below its five-year average in the capitals. This trend is particularly strong in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, where total listing volumes are between 40.1 per cent and 44.9 per cent below the 5 year average.  

The questions to ask before buying land in the incredible Hunter region

The Loxford community is about to be launched on the 7th of October, and our work was heavily featured in the media article.

Australia’s population climbs in post-pandemic migration boom

Our population grew by 2.2 per cent in the 12 months to March 2023, with most of this (81 per cent) due to an influx of migrants.

Australia’s newest million-dollar suburbs –

Sydney is currently the only capital city to boast a median home price of more than $1 million at $1.06 million, according to PropTrack figures.

Canberra follows, with a median price of $841,000, followed by Melbourne ($804,000), Brisbane ($752,000), Adelaide ($679,000), Hobart ($676,000), Perth ($597,000) and Darwin ($498,000).

One thing European cities do far better than Australia (except Melbourne)

The creation of a “third place” (like what Starbucks created for consumers of an in-between home and work) is most apparent in Melbourne – they are spaces that encourage conversations and social mixing; that have regular visitors who set their tone, while still being available to one-time drop-ins (like tourists); they need to be subtle, wholesome, playful, and comfortable.

Dan Andrews surrenders Victoria to property developers

A plan is starting to take shape to speed up the approvals in planning and solving the housing crisis. Stay tuned as this progresses. Also an interesting graph of the Melbourne population growth: 

Victorian population change

AI system found to outperform humans in creating urban planning designs

A Chinese research team have developed a machine-learning algorithm to create urban planning designs that outperformed human urban planners. The team concluded that their system is not meant to replace human urban planners, but to free them from the mundane parts of urban planning, allowing them to focus on overall concepts.

Thought Leadership – Part 4: AI Generated Content

In the last episode on Thought Leadership, we learn about Mike’s approach to AI-generated content. Over the last 9 to 12 months, a proliferation of artificial intelligence tools has burst onto the scene and allowed content creators to generate text and images very rapidly. And like with anything, some of it is great and some not so much. So where does Mike draw the line of utilising AI tools and where does he draw inspiration from his own experience.

Click here to check out the final episode

Essence on Sutton – Feature Project

For this luxurious nine-storey development near the waterfront in Redcliffe, we created a comprehensive package of 3D images, 2D floorplans and floorplates. Vertical bronze elements throughout the facade were a striking feature to highlight as well as highly functional joinery in the kitchens.

Click here to check out the visuals and graphics created for the project.

From 3D Modelling to Warrior and Back

In one of the most exciting news for us to date, one of our team members in Ukraine who was instrumental in many of our 3D models, has just returned to working with us. When the war broke out in Ukraine, he immediately signed up to protect his motherland, and after serving for 18 months, he retired from the army and returned safely home.

He reached out, and it was super exciting to have him back on deck as soon as he had all of his 3D systems back up and running. Here are a couple of words from Vasyl himself:

“At the age of 30, in 2012, I entered the 3D world, until then it was just a hobby, and therefore I combined my hobby with work. It was difficult to start, because I learned everything myself, at that time there was very little information on 3D on the Internet, but stubbornness and purpose gave a positive result.

On February 24, 2022, the war began. From the first days of the war until now, I have been protecting my Ukraine from the enemy. I really miss the peaceful times when I was creating in the world of 3D, I hope that everything will end soon and I will return to my hobby again.

I understand that during this time 3D technologies have progressed a lot, but I am sure that I will catch up with everything.”

We are grateful to have Vasyl back with us and can only hope that peace will soon return to Ukraine.

All the best for the month ahead,


Stan Zaslavsky

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