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.
Of course there are already businesses in the complex, but they are either devoted to eating and drinking to enhance the public’s pleasure of this space, or are small scale businesses. The rest are galleries and speaking/meeting spaces. To dominate this civic square with a large and eye attracting building to house one of the most dominant corporations in the word is a desecration of the idea of the square.
Emeritus Professor of History, FAHA, FRHSV
La Trobe University