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We are collecting community responses to the Andrews Government's Apple megastore.

#OurCityOurSquare is about the citizens

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Richard Broome, Emeritus Professor of History

Federation Square in Melbourne has been a resounding success as a people’s place. It always bustles with people from all social groups enjoying a key public space in a very commercial city. More...

Kaz Cooke, Author

Who ordered a demeaning, hulking corporate grotesquery in our public square? More...

Steve Thorne, Urban Designer

To say that urban design in Victoria is in crisis may sound a little alarmist but, at the start of 2018, we seem to be in unchartered waters. The Urban Design Unit within the Department of Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has been disbanded, the current government is selling off public spaces to commercial entities, and the opposition plans to destroy many of our neighbourhood centres in the name of traffic "efficiency". What is going on? More...

Jim Holdsworth, Urban Designer

Public spaces are vital to the health of the city, its citizens and visitors.  More...

John Henshall, Founding Partner, Essential Economics

The proposed Apple Fed Square represents a complete lack of community consultation, an over-abundance of corporate interference in planning processes, and an ungainly corporate commercial intrusion into our central community space. More...

Dianne Peacock, Citizen

The proposed Apple shop should find a suitable commercial site elsewhere. More...

Ted Baillieu, Former Premier of Victoria

I think it’s quite clear this is not an architectural solution to Fed Square.  Certainly not a cultural solution to Fed Square.  It can only be a solution to a financial problem. More...

Peter Bickle, Principal ARM Architecture

Allowing Apple to impose a symbol of its privatised, commercial imperatives is in clear opposition to the recognition of Federation Square as a public space belonging to us all. More...

Seamus O'Hanlon, Professor Monash University

This proposal goes against everything that Fed Square is meant to symbolise. A retail megastore has no place in a civic square. More...

Matthew Green, Director OMG Architects

The Apple concept store is an inappropriate commercialisation of a public space by a multinational conglomerate that incidentally avoids its social responsibility by avoiding paying tax in Australia.
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