The Death of Public Architecture

The killing off of the position of Government Architect in New South Wales is simultaneously a symptom of the current malaise and a dire warning of what lies ahead. We already experience widespread trashing of the public estate, justified as a necessary measure to balance the New South Wales budget. At $35 million for a ninety-nine-year lease on the Lands and Education Department buildings in Bridge Street, this will take forever. A pub at Drummoyne, for comparison, sold for $34 million at the time of the Bridge Street deal! This needs to be seen against the background of the death…

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