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.Read more
Who ordered a demeaning, hulking corporate grotesquery in our public square?Read more
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?Read more
Public spaces are vital to the health of the city, its citizens and visitors.Read more
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.Read more
The proposed Apple shop should find a suitable commercial site elsewhere.
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.Read more
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.Read more
This proposal goes against everything that Fed Square is meant to symbolise. A retail megastore has no place in a civic square.
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.