I just went to Adelaide for the first time recently and was so impressed at teh range of buildings. A lot of them were empty though, but perhaps what Adelaide needs is to push developers towards thinking creatively about how to re-use the buildings that exist, plenty of cities manage to be economically viable inside older buildings.
Bring back postmodernism I say. When done well, it works.
Adelaide could use it's architecture to promote more tourism. When I was taking photos a few people stopped me to ask why I was photographing certain buildings, so I explained that they were interesting they seemed pleased enough but maybe many can't see the value they have right under their noses.
Definitely I find the same thing in Ballarat. On Lydiard Street even. Probably one of the best Victorian era streetscapes I've seen in this country and people here are suprised why they shoot ads here .... its quite crazy really.
I love Adelaide too. Its such a well planned and thought out town. North Terrace, the gardens and squares are quite wonderful and there is a real sense of elegance, refinement and dignity in the sandstone colonial buildings. Its got so much character and unlike the bigger cities relatively unspoiled, a bit like Ballarat. If both cities could reinstate their tram networks and stop their horrible sprawl they'd be just about perfect.
There is a bigger growth mentality in the smaller towns and cities though. They see people move to the big cities and think they have to be more like them to keep people there, especially younger people. The reality is that many people return to these places later in life because they come to realise what they've got is quite special and then they do anything they can to try and keep it that way.
Also can I just say how much the attitude that we just need one example of a building irks me! Argh. The gallery has a lot of paintings from the 19th century, we should probably sell them all and keep one. While we are at it I think we only really need two football teams to get an idea of how football is played so let's dissolve the AFL.
Hear what you're saying but dissolving the AFL is actually a great idea, it would be much better for the game