Sunday, October 19, 2014
Brutalist "City Block" facade at risk of facade demolition
The Brutalist style 'City Block' building facade in Launceston CBD is at risk of being demolished. Read the full story here > http://www.examiner.com.au/story/2634185/redesigned-vision-for-city-block-building/?cs=95
My letter to the editor: Why does the facade of City Block (Examiner 18/10) need to be altered for what would otherwise be a positive business plan in the Launceston CBD? City Block is one of just a few examples of Brutalist architecture in Launceston, with some others being Henty House Government offices and the ANZ bank. Whilst the tourism and fashionable trend in the contemporary context is the obsessive protection of what is deemed as "old", we denying future generations the ability to look at our streetscapes that portray architecture from all periods of history. We live but in a moment in time, yet buildings such as City Block visually portray a story of our built and social history.
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