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Is Federation Square as good as it gets?

Is Federation Square as good as it gets?

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

Can security bollards be done better?

Can security bollards be done better?

It's regrettable it seems necessary to install heavy bollards in Australian cities to protect against vehicle attacks. But it could be a way to improve public spaces

Can artists do good work from the suburbs?

Can artists do good work from the suburbs?

Gentrification has made it harder for artists to live and work in the inner city. But it's not as critical a location for them as it once was; many - probably most - live in the suburbs or the country

What do fashion and architecture have in common?

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

Is Sydney's Cloud Arch sculpture just a giant logo?

Is Sydney's Cloud Arch sculpture just a giant logo?

Sydney City Council's proposed giant Cloud Arch sculpture looks good, but means little. Australia's premier city should aspire to something more authentic than a giant logo

Can public art help protect urban waterways?

Can public art help protect urban waterways?

A campaign to keep the Truckee River in Reno, Nevada, clear of pollution illustrates how public art can connect with the community while helping to protect a valuable ecological asset

Should the public expect to like public art?

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

Public art: does context matter?

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