Melbourne City must architecturally metamorphose Fisherman’s Bend into a business community in the forefront of the global economic environment. The research focuses on Melbourne as the city having the second highest number of buildings in Australia. The research focuses on the Melbourne City Council’s plan to transform Fisherman’s Bend into a highly industrialized business center. The research also takes into consideration some of the major stakeholders in the metamorphosis of Fisherman’s Bend into a vibrant business community. The plan to improve the architectural environment of Fisherman’s Bend satisfies the stakeholders’ expectations.
The Minister aims to jumpstart the current Fisherman’s Bend location as a central industrial area. The changes in the Fisherman’s Bend infrastructure transformation include architectural skyscrapers with emphasis on the speeding up of the transformation from its current coastal landscape to a towering industrialized business district. The transformation will usher Port Melbourne and the Dynon Road Precinct into the complex and saturated global economic scene. Fisherman’s Bend is one of the major ports of entry and exit of goods and services into the Australian continent1.
The community will surely accept the future skyscrapers of Fisherman’s Bend as complementary structures that will rival the beauty, radiance, economic gains, and popularity of Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Melbourne’s very own Federation Square, and the Melbourne Royal Exhibition Building. The transformation is a far cry from the historical permanent edifices built by the indigenous Australian natives. In terms of beauty, the new community structures will finally bring in the next generation of Australian architectural masterpieces. Historically, the architectural history displays buildings and other infrastructures will include the use of indigenous materials.
The materials will be identified as United Kingdom’s Georgian architectural styles2. Most of the diverse Australian architectural styles are significantly influenced by the local Australian climate and environmental concepts. The new architectural style fits snugly well when compared to the Gothic architectural styles that were imported from the United Kingdom during the initial migration of persons England into Australia. The current Australian architectural status includes the precious inputs from the United States, Poland, Italy, Netherlands, and Germany3. In Addition, the proposed buildings include touches of Bernard Tschumi’s “no space without event” architectural design. Here, the buildings are designed to cater to the needs of the future building residents.
The Melbourne City Council visualizes Fisherman’s Bend as the largest in terms of promoting the location’s current stature into one of Melbourne’s 21st century innovative moves. Specifically, the completion of the architectural plans will increase business traffic passing through Port Melbourne and Dynon Road Precinct. The Melbourne port will increase its statistics in terms of products and services entering and leaving the Melbourne Port district. Consequently, many stakeholders will benefit from the transformation of Fisherman’s Bend.
The stakeholders will benefit from the metamorphosis of the location into the information age time period. The manufacturing sector is a beneficiary of the Melbourne’s thrust to convert Fisherman’s Bend into a more thriving global economic environment. More manufacturers will set up their production facilities in Fisherman’s Bend to fill the supply needs of the clients in Melbourne, other locations in Australia, and clients in the international market segments. With the increase in residents and companies arriving into the architecturally revitalized Fisherman’s Bend, the suppliers will be excited to foresee cash inflows from the new high technology manufacturing facilities45.
Further, merchandisers are willing stakeholders eager to set up their display centers within the Fisherman’s Bend community. Like the manufacturers, the merchandisers are selling wares bought from the manufacturers. The merchandisers are willing to will set up their display or store facilities in Fisherman’s Bend to fill the needs, wants, and caprices of the paying clients in Melbourne and other locations in Australia. With the increase in the local population and companies arriving into the architecturally revitalized Fisherman’s Bend, the merchandisers will definitely profit from venturing into the architecturally improved Fisherman’s Bend building facilities6.
The workers are happy stakeholders eager to find jobs within the Fisherman’s Bend community. The buildings will be constructed to fill the needs of the discriminating workers. Most workers prefer to take job responsibilities in buildings offering comfortable working conditions. The buildings should have adequate rest room facilities. The workers will clearly benefit from working within the architecturally improved Fisherman’s Bend building facilities.
There are some pressing issues that interest the researcher in particular. One issue includes the unfavorable scene where the transformation of Fisherman’s Bend into a 21sth century architectural marvel will increase the city’s cleanliness problems. The increase in the population, transportation, and business dealings will bring more dirt or garbage into Fisherman’s Bend. The problem can easily be resolved. The introduction of more efficient dirt removal activities will keep the dirt cleaning responsibilities to keep pace with the future bustling economic activities in the transformed Fisherman’s Bend.
The proposed 21st century futuristic Fisherman’s Bend skyline is shown above. The major architectural design is shown in the above waterfront. All the issues will be resolved by incorporating elevators, and other building amenities to offer ease and relaxation to the tenants, owners, and students, patients, health care workers, judicial offices, municipal visitors, and other stakeholders. The buildings will be spacious enough to allow ease of entry, exit, and stay in each building.
Another issue is the unfavorable scene where the transformation of Fisherman’s Bend into a 21sth century architectural marvel will increase the city’s noise problems. The issue is a miniscule issue. The future buildings will contain noise- blocking facilities. Once inside the air conditioned buildings, outside noise cannot infiltrate the walls of the modern architectural designs. Other amenities will increase noise from precipitating into the buildings.
A third issue is the unfavorable scene where the transformation of Fisherman’s Bend into a 21sth century architectural marvel will increase the city’s pollution problem. To resolve the issue, the city will implement more stringent penalties on vehicles, factories, and other facilities violating any section of the Australian environmental protection statutes. Particularly, factories must construct high smoke stacks to ensure smoke exhaust shafts are not harmful to the community’s residents and transients. Likewise, vehicles caught polluting the air with their smoke- belching exhaust shafts will be meted fines and other correction measures in accordance with the Melbourne environmental protection statutes.
The construction of the critical infrastructures will be adopted to fill the changing needs of the information technology stakeholders. More schools will be constructed to fill the increasing need for educational facilities within the Fisherman’s Bend community and its outskirts. The expected arrival of workers and residents translates to an increase in the need for schools. The school facilities will include high technology amenities to pamper the students, faculty, and administrators with adequate classroom environments to usher the speedy transfer of information from the mentors to the students. Specifically, each facility will be equipped with the latest safety measures. The safety measures include fire escapes, elevators, escalators, and noise –eliminating facilities. In terms of importance, each facility makes moving from one place to another more comfortable and enjoyable7.
Further, the new Fisherman’s Bend judicial facilities and precincts will incorporate the latest safety technologies. The issue of technology states that the company was obliged to import the products from the United States, Europe, and other parts of the architecturally advanced world. Similarly, each facility will be equipped with the latest safety equipments. The equipments include in terms of safety such as fire escapes, elevators, escalators, and noise –eliminating facilities.
In terms of the most important, Most important of all, each person entering each facility will feel the comfort and safety of the facilities. Comfort and safety should be seen and felt as one steps into the new judicial facilities and precincts. Consequently, each visitor will appreciate the wide paths as the visitor moves around each facility in comfort and safety8.
Furthermore, additional buildings will be constructed to cater to the increasing needs of the Melbourne government’s municipal services and spaces9. The government will hire more workers to service the wants and needs of the people visiting the city’s edifices. Similarly, each government municipal facility will be equipped with the latest in terms of safety such as fire escapes, elevators, escalators, and noise–eliminating facilities. Likewise, the municipal building’s visitors will feel the comfort and safety of each high technology infused building. In the same manner, comfort and safety should be felt as each visitor steps into the new municipal buildings and other related facilities. Consequently, each visitor will appreciate the wide paths as one travels around each municipal building structure in comfortable and safety.
Further, addition, Melbourne City will ensure its priority to construct health care and hospital equipment facilities to meet the increasing demand for Fisherman’s Bend’s health care services. Each building facility will be equipped with the latest in terms of health care and hospital equipment facilities. The facilities include fire escapes, elevators, escalators, and noise–eliminating facilities. The building amenities will make the patients and the visitors of the patients entering each health care and hospital equipment facility comfortable10.
On the other hand, not implementing the new high technology based infrastructure projects in Fisherman’s Bend will surely force the residents to transfer to the cities. The City of Sydney can easily grab the opportunity to set up its own Fisherman’s Bend community to capture Melbourne’s Victorian style market segment. The coastal history will be incorporated in the revitalized Fisherman’s Bend community infrastructures with the constructions of its better-crafted building structures. The buildings will include sprinklings of philosophy and psychoanalysis to successfully instill the unique Fisherman’s Bend identification.
The identification will significantly influence the current urban development of communities surrounding the Fisherman’s Bend community. The new look will include urban mapping, encourage unique family bonding, and the community’s increased identification of the true desires to enhance a more modernized Fisherman’s Bend life11.Specifically, Fisherman’s Bend will cater to the discriminating hotel and restaurant needs of local residents, workers, and tourists.
The buildings will adapt to the current Australian economic debacle. The building amenities will include pathways serving as shortcuts from one busy location to another to ease any possible travelling discomfort of transients and residents. Fisherman’s Bend will include a location for higher value marketing and production expenses. In addition, the buildings will provide additional jobs to the unemployed within Southbank and the Docklands in society. In addition, the buildings will challenge the problems of impersonal, transitory, superficial, and segmental contacts among the communities within the public realm through the fusion of urban and personalized architectural themes12.
Based on the above discussion, the current proposal by the Australian Planning Minister to open up Fisherman’s Bend, Melbourne as a new site for urban development is in line with the stakeholders’ expectations. With Melbourne as the city having the second highest number of buildings in Australia, the Planning Minister and the Melbourne City Council officers are on the right track. The track is the implementation of architecturally sound building structures within the Fisherman’s Bend community. The improvements of buildings and other infrastructure within the Fisherman’s Bend area will metamorphose the people into the higher 21st century plateau. The circumstance of the Melbourne City Council’s plan to transform Fisherman’s Bend into a highly industrialized business center will bring in more stakeholders.
The major issues cropping up as hurdles to the successful implementation of the transformation of Fisherman’s Bend can be easily resolved with the inclusion of high technology building equipments and facilities. The major stakeholders will surely take advantage of the metamorphosis of Fisherman’s Bend into a 21st century vibrant metropolis. Fisherman’s Bend will be a business center taking its rightful place in the global economic environment. Indeed, Melbourne must architecturally transform Fisherman’s Bend into a business center.
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