Melbourne planning at its worst.

Posted by Darren Naftal on Dec 10, 2012 in Blog, Opinion, Planning | 2 Comments
Melbourne planning at its worst.

Saturday morning: coffee in left hand, croissant in right hand, The Age newspaper in front of me. It’s a good Saturday morning so far. What I didn’t expect was the front page and page 5 to contain two articles on separate debacles in the Melbourne planning system. I felt a mixture of frustration and disbelief […]

Choosing an Architect

Posted by Darren Naftal on Dec 3, 2012 in Blog, How to/ Tips | No Comments
Choosing an Architect

You’ve spent years dreaming, watched countless episodes of Grand Designs imagining it was you. The time has come, it’s now your turn to make that dream home a reality. But first, the single most important decision you need to make to successfully realise your project: which architect will be right for you? To make the […]

Fear of Rejection – Planning Permit Applications

Posted by Darren Naftal on Nov 26, 2012 in Blog, Opinion, Planning | 11 Comments

This week I got rejected, and it hurt. No self-help books, large tub of Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream, or trip to a psychologist will help me with this one. This time only my friends at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal – VCAT will be able to make me feel better. The council refused a […]

Designing for a sloping block

Posted by Darren Naftal on Nov 19, 2012 in Blog, How to/ Tips | No Comments
Designing for a sloping block

As an architect specialising in difficult blocks, I’m often presented with the problem of sloping sites. Whilst most sites aren’t flat, it’s those that are steeply sloping that provide both a construction and design challenge. They can also present an opportunity for wonderful views, and if in the country a chance to really engage with […]

What’s the ultimate prize for Architects and designers?

Posted by Darren Naftal on Nov 12, 2012 in Blog, Opinion | No Comments
What’s the ultimate prize for Architects and designers?

Designers of any discipline, who are passionate about their craft, work hard and hope their creations once released into the world, will be admired and appreciated as great design. We know our work has the ability to influence a positive emotional response to those who will interact with it. I aspire to create houses my […]

The 7 biggest mistakes people make when submitting a planning application.

Posted by Darren Naftal on Nov 4, 2012 in Blog, How to/ Tips, Planning | 5 Comments
The 7 biggest mistakes people make when submitting a planning application.

Planning permit application. Three words that sends fear through people, turning them whiter than a minimalist interior. If you have a small block, more than one house proposed (commonly referred to as a “development”), or heritage controls, you need a planning permit from the local council. Yes the council. However, the role of a planning […]

What is inappropriate development?

Posted by Darren Naftal on Oct 28, 2012 in Blog, Opinion, Planning | 16 Comments
What is inappropriate development?

Over the last two weeks my letterbox has been filled with more than just the latest bargain offerings from Target, and menus from my local restaurants. As a result my evenings have seen me do more than enjoy take away in the comfort of my new Pyjamas. I also perused about 12 different flyers received […]

Welcome to the DN Architecture Blog

Posted by Darren Naftal on Oct 17, 2012 in Blog, Opinion | 16 Comments
Welcome to the DN Architecture Blog

I’m excited about connecting with others who love architecture as much as I do. My experience tells me there are many of you out there. Whenever meeting someone new, and that favourite of get to know you question comes up: “what do you do?” I still, after being an architect for 15 years, love how […]