If you were asked to list the great architectural cities of the world, which would you include? Chances are that Barcelona, Rome, Chicago, Istanbul or Beijing would get a mention. But what about Melbourne? For those of us too young to remember, it is surprising to discover that Melbourne was once internationally recognised for its Victorian (and other) architectural excellence. Dishearteningly, many architectural treasures were demolished during the 1950s-1970s. Some of these buildings had become inefficient, or even unsafe, warranting their demolition. However, a large proportion simply fell prey to a shortsighted view of progress. Dreary, boring, concrete office-blocks and carparks took their place. Often these new buildings were themselves demolished after only a couple of years, adding insult to injury.