February, 2018

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Is Federation Square as good as it gets?

, Feb 27, 2018

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Federation Square isn't the perfect place the critics of Apple's proposed store portray it as. There are better options than Apple but they'd be costly
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Will Apple really destroy Federation Square?

, Feb 05, 2018

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There are downsides to Apple's new global flagship store in Fed Square, but there are benefits too. It might even broaden the Square's appeal to a wider cross section of Melburnians
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Who’s noticed the suburbs are turning green?

, Oct 25, 2017

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One of the the great unheralded changes in Australia's cities was the greening of the suburbs - both old and new - over the last thirty to fifty years
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Is a drug death memorial a dubious idea?

, Jul 26, 2017

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A proposed public memorial to those who died from a hard drug overdose wouldn't do any harm but smacks of creating an edgy amenity for inner city residents
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What’s the heritage value of this office block?

, Apr 12, 2017

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Another fashionably handsome modernist building with debatable claims to social and architectural significance is the subject of a heritage battle in Melbourne
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Can this pub be saved from apartments?

, Dec 05, 2016

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The planning and heritage systems can't do much about another inner suburban Melbourne pub - this time in St Kilda - being replaced by apartments and shops
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Is 16-storeys OK in the inner city?

, Nov 29, 2016

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More people want to live close to the cosmopolitan city centre but this conflict over a development in Fitzroy North shows existing residents zealously protect what they've got
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Should Apple get a bite of Federation Square?

, Nov 22, 2016

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Apple reportedly wants to establish an Apple store with a signature glass cube in Melbourne's Federation Square. Boring; there are more exciting ways to enhance Fed Square
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Does ABC-TV’s Streets of Your Town get it wrong?

, Nov 15, 2016

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Part one of ABC-TV's Streets of Your Town is an enjoyable look at 60s and 70s modernist domestic architecture but it's not as relevant to today as it claims
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Where to next with the Corkman hotel?

, Oct 24, 2016

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It's now time for a sensible discussion of what might be done with the Corkman hotel. Let the law deal with the culprit and focus on the best use of the site for the city
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Should we have an Australian Museum of Popular Music?

, Sep 20, 2016

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The demolition of Melbourne's Palace Theatre suggests it's time to create a museum that showcases the history and breadth of the Australian popular music industry
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What do awards tell us about the quality of architecture?

, May 12, 2016

Architecture awards could provide valuable insight into what it takes to create excellence but it seems they're mostly about keeping up professional appearances
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Does this historic building require more “breathing space”?

, Apr 05, 2016

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Critics say a proposed new residential tower to be built next door to Brisbane's historic former Customs House will endanger the heritage values of the old building
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Is New York’s spectacular new train station worth the price?

, Mar 07, 2016

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The visually arresting World Trade Center Transportation Hub designed by Santiago Calatrava opened in New York last week to a chorus of naysayers worried about the $4 Billion it cost to build
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Can RMIT keep spinning the Design Hub story?

, Feb 29, 2016

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RMIT says it's replacing all 16,000 discs on the outer facade of the Design Hub to "go solar". Very commendable but RMIT has a history of spinning this project and seems intent on playing on

Can Australian cities be built with a distinctive look?

, Nov 17, 2015

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Some cities like central Paris developed a characteristic built form; they have a distinctive urban character. Brisbane City Council aims to grow the centre of Brisbane with a distinguishing sub tropical spirit
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Can we have an Australian Museum of Architecture (AMOA) please?

, Sep 03, 2015

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It’s way past time Australia had a national architecture museum to promote the value of good design and celebrate the enormous contribution the discipline has made to the built environment
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Do architects go crazy when they design their own houses?

, Aug 13, 2015

The stereotype is architects go into "batshit crazy" mode when they’ve got the freedom to design their own house. A new book suggests that’s out of date; these architects focus on good design
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Should all apartments have a place in the sun?

, Jun 22, 2015

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The Victorian Government wants to know if a majority of new apartments should have mandated access to direct sun.That's a questionable idea but requiring sun control should be considered
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Should natural light in apartments be more tightly regulated?

, Jun 16, 2015

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Bedrooms that "borrow" natural light from living areas are a key target in the debate about apartment standards. Is it a problem? If so, is it severe enough to justify stronger regulation?