Architect: CBD needs real design

SENIOR Sunshine Coast architect Ken Down has called on Sunshine Coast Council to refocus on the aesthetics of design so the region's character is not lost in the blandness that infects coastal communities along Australia's eastern seaboard.

Mr Down said the council had lost interest in good design and failed to learn the lesson of the University of the Sunshine Coast's commitment to quality.

"It has made a determined effort to consider architectural solutions and all credit to Paul Thomas for that," he said.

"It has a price but the university is now reaping the dividends.''

Mr Down said the council had lost interest in all but the basics.

"They have engineering and town planning solutions but don't count architecture,'' he said.

"The city centre needs to reflect what the Coast's about and not just be another lot of tree-lined streets with six-storey buildings.''

Mr Down said the council's only concerns were gross floor area, car park numbers, turning circles, garbage collection and fire access.


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