Melbourne’s laneways, once a practical necessity, have become an integral part of the city’s visual and cultural identity. While the laneways in urban areas are generally vibrant meeting places that house some of the cities best hospitality and retail offerings, the laneways in the suburbs tell a different story of neglect and underutilization.

A recent study by local council, the City of Yarra reported some 2027 lanes in their locality alone, equating to around 96 kilometres if joined a significant amount of land in a city struggling for space.

Terence Nott, principal of Nott Architecture talks to The Age about his work in revitalizing these underused lanes with his innovative residential designs, which achieve greater density while creating new vibrant neighborhood experiences.

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