I never dreamed that the Andrews Government would willingly vandalise such a place by making a shabby, short-sighted, deal with Apple that virtually says a precious, rare, public space is up for sale.Read more
You've got places like Tiananmen Square or Trafalgar Square, well you don't stick a retail store in the middle of them, they're public places. I think public places are for the public, they're not for corporations.
Occupation of our public space by an incongruous Apple 'object' completely undermines the intrinsic nature and value of Fed Square.
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