Kirsten Bauer on Federation Square

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Kirsten Bauer on Federation Square
Without question, Federation Square is the most significant and central of Melbourne's public spaces.  While Federation Square (the space not the buildings) is not zoned as public open space, it is strongly perceived and valued by the public as a significant civic space, and accordingly should be protected and honoured. The proposed insertion of a singular global commercial brand into this major public square rejects all good urban design and community design common sense. It goes against everything that makes Melbourne a great city, and repeats historic mistakes such as the on-going commercialisation and fragmentation of City Square. The Apple proposal fails to recognise the role of the community (not commercial) values in the production of meaningful public realm and makes a mockery of the notion of Melbourne as one of the world's most liveable cities. Come to Melbourne to see an Apple store. Wow, we are real leaders. You can join the conversation and take action by visiting Our City, Our Square