Melbourne was established in the early 1850’s after the discovery of gold. It grew very quickly and became one of the richest cities in the world. As time has passed however, Melbourne has continued to grow and instead of the compact urban form enjoyed by many European cities it is dominated by sprawl. Continuous growth in population has seen huge demand for residential land. As land values have increased so too has pressure on industrial land to be redeveloped for housing. It is a compelling problem because the displacement of employment for residential purposes begs the question “where will people work and how will they get there?”. And surely it isn’t just the architecture that is being displaced… These are empty streets.
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If the city is an organism, as urban planners put it, then we should probe into it and, thus, ourselves. Tokyo here is of course seen in a clinical way, but this is a type of clinical exam, after all.
City Focus – Paris
You read the name of the city and have already visualized the Eiffel Tower. However, Paris possesses a different kind of urban beauty; even in its infamous (and not so visually attractive) architectural accomplishments, reaching for the skies way below the tip of the legendary tower.
But a city will reveal itself only when you let yourself get lost in it.