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The City of Melbourne

The City of Melbourne

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. Don’t get me wrong—it’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 don’t love every aspect of that project (its façade is a bit overwrought and the patterns seems fussy and sometimes even arbitrary), it’s an AMAZING public space that Melbournians really use. But it’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 I’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 you’re going to make the 25+-hour trip to Australia, make sure you go beyond Sydney.

Here is the city’s homepage

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