Malvern Collective

Malvern Collective is a major mixed-use development in Malvern, Melbourne. It lies next to a train station and tram route at the gateway to a major activity centre, and incorporates a number of heritage buildings. The applicable planning controls contain discretionary maximum building heights ranging up to 10 storeys.

We were engaged by the developer, Kokoda Property, to provide an independent urban design review of the proposal designed by JCB Architects to assist in its refinement so that it could receive planning approval. This followed an earlier commission to assess the planning control when it was at draft stage and provide expert urban design evidence to inform its consideration by an independent panel.

We found that the proposal which reached a height of 17 levels was appropriate, because it is a carefully tailored site-specific design response that achieves the outcomes sought by the planning control, notwithstanding its greater height. However, we recommended minor refinements to improve its contribution to the amenity of the public realm.

The refinement of the proposal led to a permit being issued by Council without the need for an appeal.

Why have we changed our name?

kinetica was formerly known as David Lock Associates (DLA).

David Lock Associates (Australia) Pty Ltd changed its name to Kinetica Studio Pty Ltd on 21 February 2020 to reflect the significant reinvention of the business.

Starting with the crystallisation of our vision and values, continuing with a transformation of our planning offer, and culminating in our move to a ‘grown up’ office in the CBD, we are no longer the business we were.

Paralleling these changes, we agreed with David Lock Associates Limited (the English business which gave birth to DLA Australia) that it is time to undo our formal corporate ties, while retaining a strong informal relationship.

This reinvention of the business needed to be expressed outwardly and we began the process of refreshing our graphic identity. DLA has been predominantly known for urban design expertise, and the name reflects our history as a satellite of an English business. A new name offered the opportunity to establish a refined brand, based on a home-grown organisation featuring planners and urban designers trusted for their expertise and independence.

Our new company name, kinetica, reflects our passion for change.  We facilitate and shape changes in the use, ownership and development of land to create a better lived experience.

kinetica retains the best of DLA—highly regarded independent urban design expertise—and combines it with highly regarded independent planning expertise.