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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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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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An Accumulation of links for urbanists

Including America’s most bikeable neighbourhoods, love trains, lost buildings, world’s most expensive train station, breakthrough technologies, and are shopping arcades the new laneways?,…

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Does this carpark warrant heritage protection?

A car park seems an unlikely candidate for heritage protection, but an activist group “with 1,000 Facebook supporters” wants to save Melbourne’s Total Car Park from being torn down.

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Why do we love old buildings so much?

In The Land Boomers, Michael Cannon reports how the ‘era of extravagance’ was climaxed in 1890 by the construction of a brand new edifice for railway officials in Spencer Street at a cost of £130,000. Writing in 1966, Cannon says this “remarkably ugly building….still houses civil servants…..within its dun-coloured walls”. There’s little doubting the historical [...]

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When is a building worth protecting?

The planning Tribunal’s decision on the former AMPOL building highlights a couple of issues about preserving significant buildings. In reaching its decision that demolition could proceed, VCAT’s thinking was that ”a greater community benefit for present and future generations will ensue from the establishment of the Peter Doherty Institute than from retention of the former Ampol [...]

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Should the old AMPOL building be demolished?

The key issue arising from the Elizabeth Tower Motor Lodge case isn’t that the building can now be demolished, but rather what’s proposed to replace it. The former AMPOL headquarters building is noted for its dramatic circular staircase, but its claims to historical significance aren’t compelling. According to the National Trust: Historically, it is of interest [...]

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