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Is Alain de Botton right: is Brisbane ugly?

During his visit earlier this month, philosopher Alain de Botton antagonised the Brisbane media by citing the city as tangible proof of his argument that ugliness isn’t relative, it’s absolute

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What if all those heritage buildings hadn’t been torn down?

Imagine if those magnificent historic city streetscapes and marvellous nineteenth century buildings in the centres of our major cities were never destroyed. How would things be different?

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Protecting historic buildings costs nothing, right?

Debates about giving heritage listing to 1960s buildings highlight the fact protection isn’t free; it comes at a social cost that needs to be measured and balanced against the benefits

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Will Figurative Architecture be the next big thing?

The ability of high profile ‘starchitects’ to capture our admiration is limited by the Law of Diminishing Shock Value. Figurative Architecture might be the radical step-change they’re looking for

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Is it time for a National Architecture Gallery?

Moves by heritage organisations to increase protection for so-called brutalist 60s and 70s buildings suggests it’s time to get serious about establishing a National Architecture Gallery

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Is this what social housing residents really want?

There’s a long history of public housing authorities ignoring the needs of residents. Much has improved, but some agencies still take an implicitly paternalistic view of the interests of residents

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What can other cities learn from New York’s High Line?

The High Line is a great example of how to re-use abandoned infrastructure. But cities seeking to emulate its success should consider that “re-purposing” is not always the right decision

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Should the public expect to like public art?

Public art enjoys a privileged status: it gets to live in a place owned by the public. It should therefore be a given that it must “connect” with the wider community in a positive way

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Public art: does context matter?

This new public art installation in inner Melbourne has provoked some critical reactions. They’re mostly about how it works in terms of urban design, but public art always seems to be a fraught endeavour

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Flinders St Station: is a grand vision the way to go?

The winner of the design competition for Melbourne’s Flinders St station will be announced this week. It’ll be a grand vision but a low key option seems more plausible and could make more sense

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