When people think of Australia they tend to think of Sydney. And more often than not, the specific image tends to be that of the legendary Sydney Opera house. Donâ€™t get me wrongâ€”itâ€™s a staggeringly good building and structural miracle. But what I love about Melbourne (the OTHER major city in Southern Australia) is that there isn't a single image that defines the city; what makes Melbourne so interesting is its diversity of architectural styles and textures. You have traditional turn-of-the-century projects and you have wildly contemporary ones like AAMI Park, the Melbourne rectangular stadium that we did a show about, as well as Federation Square. While I donâ€™t love every aspect of that project (its faÃ§ade is a bit overwrought and the patterns seems fussy and sometimes even arbitrary), itâ€™s an AMAZING public space that Melbournians really use. But itâ€™s not just the architecture that I love: having now shot two separate shows in this city, I have to say that IF it were just a bit closer to my country Iâ€™d be there a hell of lot more often. They love food, culture, sports, and design (as evidenced by a proliferation of well-crafted high-design furniture stores). Everyone is nice to a point just short of creepy, and the public transportation system is good. Long story short: if youâ€™re going to make the 25+-hour trip to Australia, make sure you go beyond Sydney.
Here is the cityâ€™s homepage