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Square dance

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What is going on in Melbourne? The much heralded Federation Square scheme, won by Don Bates and Peter Davidson after an intense competition judged by Daniel Libeskind among others, has been the subject of politicking and interference reminiscent of the Cardiff Bay opera house saga. The architects have been lobbying fellow professionals in a bid to reverse a political decision which removed two crystal-like shards of glass and zinc from the design. The removal followed objections from conservationists and church authorities, but more significantly a change of government in the State of Victoria. With the integrity of the project threatened, battle lines have been taken up. Still, at least no-one is trying to kill off the whole project . . .

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