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Portrait building: Is the new face of Melbourne too shy?

Melbourne’s new William Barak Portrait building will be officially opened tomorrow. It’s an exciting project but a lot more could’ve been done in this premier location

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Is UTS’s new “Gehry” a smart way to market a university?

The fabulous new entry into bricks and glass marketing by Sydney’s University of Technology – the Frank Gehry designed Dr Chau Chak Wing building – is about to open for business

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Do architects care what the users of their buildings want?

An increasingly familiar critique of architects is they don’t create buildings that resonate with users. That’s a real issue, but let’s not lose sight of the fact there’s also much they get right

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Should we regret ancient Egypt built the pyramids?

The world is surely a better place for having icons like the Sydney Opera House and Egypt’s pyramids. It’s much less clear though that it was worth it at the time they were built

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What do fashion and architecture have in common?

There was an exhibition of fashion at Melbourne’s MPavilion on the weekend inspired by ten of the city’s landmark buildings. It’s the result of a collaboration between architects and design students

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Did modernist architecture fail this public housing project?

St Louis’ Pruett-Igoe public housing project is infamous for being demolished after just 22 years due in large part to the failures of modernist architecture; but is that narrative right?

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Is the proposed development of Federation Square East a con?

Victoria’s Napthine Government is inviting proposals for the development of Federation Square East. Sounds like a wonderful civic enhancement, but in an election year it’s all about politics

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Why is Federation Square such a success?

The Landscape Architects Network says Melbourne’s Federation Square is the sixth best public square in the world, tipping out the likes of Times Square. Why is it so successful?

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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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