This Vertical Life

An ongoing biography and history of apartments in Melbourne and beyond. A leisurely look at the good, the bad and the ugly of apartments throughout the eras of apartment architecture. Pins here from "This Vertical Life" on Assemble Papers, as well as medium-density inspiration from near and far.
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City Edge: Melbourne’s Original Urban Village | Assemble Papers by Rachel Elliot-Jones. Photo by Tom Ross.

City Edge: Melbourne’s Original Urban Village

City Edge: Melbourne’s Original Urban Village | Assemble Papers by Rachel Elliot-Jones. Resident green thumb Angela is one of the original owners. Photo by Tom Ross.

City Edge: Melbourne’s Original Urban Village

City Edge: Melbourne’s Original Urban Village | Assemble Papers by Rachel Elliot-Jones. Photo by Tom Ross.

City Edge: Melbourne’s Original Urban Village

City Edge: Melbourne’s Original Urban Village | Assemble Papers by Rachel Elliot-Jones. A painted brick wall in Craig and Christine’s split-level apartment. Photo by Tom Ross.

City Edge: Melbourne’s Original Urban Village

City Edge: Melbourne’s Original Urban Village | Assemble Papers by Rachel Elliot-Jones. Photo by Tom Ross.

City Edge: Melbourne’s Original Urban Village

City Edge: Melbourne’s Original Urban Village | Assemble Papers by Rachel Elliot-Jones. Craig has lived at City Edge for two years, likening it to London’s Barbican Estate. Photo by Tom Ross.

City Edge: Melbourne’s Original Urban Village

City Edge: Melbourne’s Original Urban Village | Assemble Papers by Rachel Elliot-Jones. Photo by Tom Ross.

City Edge: Melbourne’s Original Urban Village

City Edge: Melbourne’s Original Urban Village | Assemble Papers by Rachel Elliot-Jones. Resident Jan Boyd proudly standing atop the raised pathway that leads to her front door. Photo by Tom Ross.

City Edge: Melbourne’s Original Urban Village

City Edge: Melbourne’s Original Urban Village | Assemble Papers by Rachel Elliot-Jones. Skirting the perimeter – where the leafy oasis of City Edge meets the traffic of Kings Way. Photo by Tom Ross.

City Edge: Melbourne’s Original Urban Village

City Edge: Melbourne’s Original Urban Village | Assemble Papers by Rachel Elliot-Jones.  South Melbourne’s City Edge, built in the early ’70s, is inner-city medium-density housing at its finest, with its ‘urban village’ design by Daryl Jackson and Evan Walker rendering it a landmark development of its time. Rachel Elliot-Jones and photographer Tom Ross head to City Edge to chat with residents about City Edge’s significance and value to Melbourne’s built heritage. Photo by Tom Ross.

City Edge: Melbourne’s Original Urban Village

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