The Melbourne Supremacy

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January 22, 2009
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  Across the Yarra River, Melbourne’s skyline has grown dramatically since the 1980s.
    Across the Yarra River, Melbourne’s skyline has grown dramatically since the 1980s.
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  The Royal Exhibition Building, completed in 1880 for the International Exhibition, is the first World Heritage–listed building in Australia.
    The Royal Exhibition Building, completed in 1880 for the International Exhibition, is the first World Heritage–listed building in Australia.
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  Older buildings like Manchester Unity sit comfortably beside the contemporary in the city center.
    Older buildings like Manchester Unity sit comfortably beside the contemporary in the city center.
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  A monument to fallen soldiers, the Shrine of Remembrance is a symbolic memorial.
    A monument to fallen soldiers, the Shrine of Remembrance is a symbolic memorial.
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  The St. Kilda Road art precinct is dominated by the brutalist National Gallery of Victoria and the landmark spire of the Arts Centre.
    The St. Kilda Road art precinct is dominated by the brutalist National Gallery of Victoria and the landmark spire of the Arts Centre.
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  “For me, Storey Hall was the start of a new Melbourne,” says Bennetts of the building on the RMIT campus by architects Ashton Raggatt McDougall. “It broke ground [in the mid-’90s], and confident, rigorous expression has flourished ever since.”
    “For me, Storey Hall was the start of a new Melbourne,” says Bennetts of the building on the RMIT campus by architects Ashton Raggatt McDougall. “It broke ground [in the mid-’90s], and confident, rigorous expression has flourished ever since.”
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  Centre Place, one of the many labyrinthine laneways that criss-cross the inner city, is well-traversed by pedestrians.
    Centre Place, one of the many labyrinthine laneways that criss-cross the inner city, is well-traversed by pedestrians.
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  Another place for locals to go is Federation Square, a public gathering place.
    Another place for locals to go is Federation Square, a public gathering place.
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  “The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art has particular significance for my wife and me because we got married there,” says Bennetts.
    “The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art has particular significance for my wife and me because we got married there,” says Bennetts.
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  Another contemporary structure, the Melbourne Museum, is visible from the opposite side of the city.
    Another contemporary structure, the Melbourne Museum, is visible from the opposite side of the city.
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