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ill the plasma legacy be our
contribution -- hectares of
discarded plasma screens lining
the verges on collection week
(one from every room, none of them big enough
Will our legacy be several million
disenfranchised people in suburban isolation left
without proper neighbourhoods and community
and isolated from civic building and township?
Will our legacy be hectares of thirsty gardens
dripping with insecticide or endless ribbons of
bitumen constipated with cars?
If we don't consciously decide upon and create
a future, then this will be the default legacy for
We have been blessed. As West Australians,
we have been gifted great wealth and security
beneath our feet. Largely through good fortune,
our place on the planet carries an abundance
of treasures, but these are borrowed treasures
that carry with them the responsibility to leave,
in return, the legacy of a better place. We are
temporary custodians and have a duty to deliver
Our "made" environment is a fundamental
part of our social and community wellbeing.
It is, in many ways, a mirror of our values and
priorities, a mirror from which we can't hide,
and a mirror which reflects us warts and all.
Not surprisingly, the great cities, the great
towns, the great neighbourhoods are nearly
always a reflection of a society of strong self-
ey are inevitably places where the role of
good design and creative thought is actively
embraced in shaping places.
Good design is not just tinsel and glitter.
Good design is about beauty, but it is also about
thoughtfully created buildings, which respond to
human and technical needs -- buildings and places
which work and serve their purpose, not just
Artist impression of The Link - Kings Square looking south to the CBD
Image courtesy of EPRA
Steve Woodland, WA's government architect
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