And hello to you all, members of Butterpaper.
Ive been tracking your forums for some time (not obsessively) and I thought Id take the plunge and actually submit a topic for discussion. So be gentle its my first time.
Having just returned from my own grand tour of Europe, I came home to a pile of architecture journals and magazines that had been accruing since my departure some 3 months ago. Somewhere in the pile was the Autumn 2009 edition of Architect Victoria which focussed on Melbournes Docklands precinct.
Attached for your consideration, youll find Keith Brewis article Docklands Half-Time Score 3-1, Developers in the Lead? In it, he mulls over the future of our citys harbour, a highly contentious topic, and actually entertains the idea of creating Melbourne Basin. This basin would be created by extending Latrobe, Lonsdale and Bourke Streets around Etihad Stadium and into the harbour as a continuation of Mr. Hoddles 180 year old grid. But, rather than roads, the famous thoroughfares would turn into canals, effectively creating a new and uniquely Australian take on Venice or Amsterdam.
As a young Architecture student, but half way through my degree, I found myself to be totally energised by this proposal. I have always found the Docklands to be a fascinating place, and besides harbouring not-so-secret desires to dynamite the stadium and Wurundjeri way to start again, Ive often wondered how one can save the Docklands before it veers off into the land of lost opportunities.
So, have a read of the article, and let me know what you think. Do you believe there to be substance to Keiths idea? Or is it just for shits and giggles? A fantasy? And if you do think it to be ill-conceived, how would you choose to save Docklands?