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Unformatted text preview: Jodie Misiak ~ Project Evaluation (1.011) Federation Square: Masterpiece or Publicly-Funded Folly? Federation Square: Masterpiece… …or Publicly-Funded Folly? Jodie Misiak Project Evaluation (1.011) 1 Jodie Misiak ~ Project Evaluation (1.011) Federation Square: Masterpiece or Publicly-Funded Folly? Executive Summary In 1996, the State of Victoria announced its intentions to commemorate the 2001 centennial of the Australian Federation with the construction of Federation Square, a $150 million Australian public space intended to become the cultural heart of Melbourne. The Square would be suspended over an existing commuter railyard and would connect Melbourne’s Central Business District and the Yarra River. Six years and $450 million later, Federation Square is finally complete. Although not finished in time for the centenary celebrations, it is hoped that Federation Square still has the potential to become the civic center and city symbol that was originally intended. The following is an evaluation of the social, political, economic, and cultural aspects of the Federation Square project, both during and after construction. By examining the project from each of these different perspectives, the causes for various failures become clearer and the requirements for future success are more easily understood. At this time, stakeholders are still having trouble fully justifying the significant costs of construction and the overall value of the project is still very much in question. However, it should be remembered that it is only natural for such an innovative project to inspire debate and there is no question that the development has struck a positive chord with many observers. Introduction & Project History As early as the mid-19 th century, it was recognized that Melbourne lacked a true civic center. Plans for a significant public square were never incorporated into the original Hoddle-designed grid. Throughout the 20 th century, many looked to the Yarra riverfront as a likely site location, particularly the area adjacent to the Prince’s Bridge and Flinders Street Rail Station. This has long been the southern gateway for the city and, 2 Jodie Misiak ~ Project Evaluation (1.011) Federation Square: Masterpiece or Publicly-Funded Folly? if properly developed, could serve as a connection between the Central Business District and the river. However, most of the space was taken up by rail activity and, despite many ambitious plans to construct a development over the railyard, very little was accomplished. A scheme to build a partial deck along the northern edge of the railyard was implemented in 1967, thus establishing the towering Prince’s Gate development....
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