The intense plurality of Melbourne's recent design culture isdue to have a vast impact on the way in which we think aboutcity regions and living in them. This is a story of wonderfulspaces: in civic and institutional buildings; in galleries, bars, clubs and restaurants; in one of the world's tallestresidential apartment buildings; in beach houses and mountain shacks; in workshops and studios; and in international sportsvenues.
As Melbourne hosts the Commonwealth games in 2006, a vast influxof visitors will be experiencing these spaces for the firsttime. Through luscious photography and an accessible text, Design City Melbourne is devised not only toillustrate a wide range of fascinating interiors and theirarchitecural matrices, but also to describe the people behindthem and how these spaces support the vital culture ofthis uniquely mixed and cosmopolitan city. A metropolis thatis situated in the same time zone as China, and which is pioneeringin its European colonial matrix the admixture of new Asian urbanforms.