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Blueprints and architectural drawings filed with city officials in Brisbane, Australia, reveal that Apple is planning to move forward with construction of a retail outlet located in the historic MacArthur Chambers building.

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The latest construction details and revisions filed last week can be taken as confirmation that Apple has not abandoned the Brisbane location, the development application of which was first disclosed in 2011, reports ifoAppleStore.

Apple was thought to have scrapped the store after the project was delayed by a bankruptcy filing from a major contractor in 2012 and reported issues with modernizing the innards of a historic building. The MacArhur Chambers building dates back to the 1930s and was used by U.S. General Douglas MacArthur in World War II as the allied forces' South West Pacific Area headquarters.

According to the revised landscape plan, Apple is planning to remove a number of structures on the sidewalk in front of the store, like a large pedestrian bench, as well as relocate a tree to create symmetry with the store's front entrance.

While the recent filing did not indicate a concrete opening date, it is thought that the Brisbane Apple Store could be operational as early as October.
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I hope so, the new store opens in October, I will be in Queensland for a month of R &R and would love to visit the Brisbane store, If it opens. Great location.
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I don't really think they should be opening new stores in Australia, the economy is going to poo down here. It does look like a beautiful location though, there's something about the combination of high tech and old buildings.
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I don't really think they should be opening new stores in Australia, the economy is going to poo down here. It does look like a beautiful location though, there's something about the combination of high tech and old buildings.

 

You're missing the <s> tag.

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You're missing the <s> tag.

I take it you live in Australia too? In which case I don't understand how you could fail to see things starting to go south economically. Why do you thing the RBA has lowered interest rates to 2.5%? That said, if construction is already started, they might as well finish it, because things will pick up eventually.

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I take it you live in Australia too? In which case I don't understand how you could fail to see things starting to go south economically. Why do you thing the RBA has lowered interest rates to 2.5%? That said, if construction is already started, they might as well finish it, because things will pick up eventually.

 

Whilst Australia is an island continent, it is not an island economically but has weathered recent economic storms quite well. So yes, it is easy to see you point of view. Still, doing quite well.

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I don want to sound pedantic.... But the world started phasing out blueprints in the 1940's. That was 70 years ago and yet we still hear this archaic term...referring to an archaic analogue function. We live in a digital world now..... I guess the US still refuses to adopt the metric system....

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I don want to sound pedantic.... But the world started phasing out blueprints in the 1940's. That was 70 years ago and yet we still hear this archaic term...referring to an archaic analogue function.

What do you think they should be called?

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I don want to sound pedantic.... But the world started phasing out blueprints in the 1940's. That was 70 years ago and yet we still hear this archaic term...referring to an archaic analogue function. We live in a digital world now..... I guess the US still refuses to adopt the metric system....

 

Guess we should phase out the floppy as a save icon, "files", "folders", "photos", and all that, eh.

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I don want to sound pedantic.... But the world started phasing out blueprints in the 1940's. That was 70 years ago and yet we still hear this archaic term...referring to an archaic analogue function. We live in a digital world now..... I guess the US still refuses to adopt the metric system....

Since there is no other documentation other than blue prints on these old buildings there is nothing else we can use. In my country they started to put the blue prints on microfilm in the 70's but if you pull up a buildings construction drawing down at city hall they'll give you the blue prints to view because the quality of the microfilm is poor.

Great that we now live in the digital age, but we can't change history. And even so, building drawings are still handed over for approval on paper, not digital.
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 I guess the US still refuses to adopt the metric system....

 

Apple products are designed in the US and are hard Metric. US autos are Metric. It's a toss up in civil engineering works being metric or not. The US Military is metric.

 

On the other hand the entire European aerospace industry is Imperial or at best soft Metric.

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...I guess the US still refuses to adopt the metric system....

 

Not an issue universally in the States:

 

http://www.livememe.com/rlkqsox

 

...and a comment on the Australian economy, a single instance of course but none the less a valid comment:

 

http://smh.domain.com.au/real-estate-news/barangaroo-apartments-sell-out-20130831-2sxal.html

 

All the best.

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What do you think they should be called?

 

Plans. ?

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I take it you live in Australia too? In which case I don't understand how you could fail to see things starting to go south economically. Why do you thing the RBA has lowered interest rates to 2.5%? That said, if construction is already started, they might as well finish it, because things will pick up eventually.

Don't you guys say ... 'see things starting to go NORTH economically', down under? ... 1biggrin.gif
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Apple products are designed in the US and are hard Metric. US autos are Metric. It's a toss up in civil engineering works being metric or not. The US Military is metric.

On the other hand the entire European aerospace industry is Imperial or at best soft Metric.

What was that story about a screw up with some parts for the space station? I'd always assumed that was because the US parts were imperial and the European parts were metric? Was it in fact, the reverse?
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Don't you guys say ... 'see things starting to go NORTH economically', down under? ... 1biggrin.gif

 

Of course, perceptive question. Just shows that as much as we admire ascii, his argument isn't all there. 1hmm.gif

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I don want to sound pedantic.... But the world started phasing out blueprints in the 1940's. That was 70 years ago and yet we still hear this archaic term...referring to an archaic analogue function. We live in a digital world now..... I guess the US still refuses to adopt the metric system....

And your Mac doesn't have a DeskTop then I assume? 1wink.gif Words morph in meaning over time anyway as they get adopted into a new age of technology. I was just reading about (and I even vaguely remember this) a 'prime' lens in photography only meant the lens you used most, not one that is 'non zoom and really good glass ... bla bla bla' .. as they are these days. I am going to dig out an old photography text book of my grandfather's to check this in case I've been had by an urban legend story ... 1smile.gif

As someone from Europe now in the USA, my biggest question / complaint is the America removing 4 fl oz from a pint of beer! Now that is a real problem 1wink.gif
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I take it you live in Australia too? In which case I don't understand how you could fail to see things starting to go south economically.

I take it that you are comparing it against itself because if you compare it with the US and Europe, Australia is booming.

The drop in interest rate is probably a proactive step rather than the reactive step that all the other governments did.

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Bankruptcy?! Seriously?
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I don want to sound pedantic.... But the world started phasing out blueprints in the 1940's. That was 70 years ago and yet we still hear this archaic term...referring to an archaic analogue function. We live in a digital world now..... I guess the US still refuses to adopt the metric system....

 

But you do sound pedantic.

Which country lead the creation of this silicon, fiber optic, and software world you call "digital"? What? USA. Say it LOUDER please so everyone can hear... 

Wait, is this the same country doesn't use the metric system?

I think you just proved that being technologically advanced has nothing to do with adopting the metric system.

Don't hate on the US because we're awesome and we do our own thing.

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But you do sound pedantic.

Which country lead the creation of this silicon, fiber optic, and software world you call "digital"? What? USA. Say it LOUDER please so everyone can hear... 

Wait, is this the same country doesn't use the metric system?

I think you just proved that being technologically advanced has nothing to do with adopting the metric system.

Don't hate on the US because we're awesome and we do our own thing.

The irony is that the US still clings to imperial systems even though it is indeed pretty much the birthplace of the digital world we now inhabit.  There was no hate there, California, in particular is one of my favourite places. I do admit there was a little bait there.... which was gleefully gobbled up by everyone above1tongue.gif. To pile irony on irony, the rest of us look smugly back at the US chiding this use of archaic systems whilst we, in the 'new world' go about comparing how big our TV's are in inches!

 

Now back to my gripe. The first line of the article says "Blueprints and architectural drawings filed with city officials". This is just made up nonsense. You don't lodge 'blueprints' and architectural drawings at the same time, that just sounds silly. If you want to sound cutesy you I suppose you could use the archaic term 'blueprints'. Or, you could simply state that the development application was lodged, as you will typically have architectural drawings, engineering drawings, planning reports etc etc etc.

Now, all of you have replied to my post, that was apparently pedantic, and if so perhaps it should have been ignored. But you did, so here is my right of reply. To all of you in California, in particular, i meant no offence, just a mild baiting.1tongue.gif

 

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 And even so, building drawings are still handed over for approval on paper, not digital.

not in Brisbane...

 

http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/planning-building/applying-and-post-approval/lodging-an-application/electronic-file-requirements/index.htm

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 And even so, building drawings are still handed over for approval on paper, not digital.
not in Brisbane...

http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/planning-building/applying-and-post-approval/lodging-an-application/electronic-file-requirements/index.htm


That is one modern government / city! The whole world should learn from this and adapt; I think the old school paper is way too cumbersome and making copies only looses quality over time. Not that printing drawings is a bad thing; it is way easier to fold out an A0 sized drawing and viewing the drawing at once as opposed to looking at a monitor. Thanks for the link.
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I take it you live in Australia too? In which case I don't understand how you could fail to see things starting to go south economically. Why do you thing the RBA has lowered interest rates to 2.5%? That said, if construction is already started, they might as well finish it, because things will pick up eventually.

When Apple first announced the store chain, a lot pundits thought it was a bad idea because online shopping was the future. Apple pressed on regardless and I understand that the stores are doing pretty well.

I suspect that Apple will one day set up some kind of comms network with stations inside the stores, so potential sales may not be the only reason to open a store.
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I suspect that Apple will one day set up some kind of comms network with stations inside the stores, so potential sales may not be the only reason to open a store.

Interesting thought! Another thing about the stores is that they always buy prominent lots in elite shopping districts. So if computing becomes more wearable, and starts to be sold in or near fashion districts, they have future proofed themselves against that too.

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I take it you live in Australia too? In which case I don't understand how you could fail to see things starting to go south economically. Why do you thing the RBA has lowered interest rates to 2.5%? That said, if construction is already started, they might as well finish it, because things will pick up eventually.

 

Well as a fellow Australian, who lives in Queensland, I look forward to the store opening. The people mainly hurt by a weak economy are rarely the more wealthy targets of Apple. I'd start getting concerned if I was selling Android phones of course ;)

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Well as a fellow Australian, who lives in Queensland, I look forward to the store opening. The people mainly hurt by a weak economy are rarely the more wealthy targets of Apple. I'd start getting concerned if I was selling Android phones of course ;)

 

I hope you enjoy the store.
 
I think Australia has been managed exceptionally well over the last few years. Some people seem to be freaking out about the resources industry winding down, but we actually netted very little tax revenue from that. And the fact the non-renewable resources are non-renewable isn't really that much of a shocker.
 
Also sad that the 3 second sound bites and the "doom-and-gloom" brigade has effectively displaced a history of nuanced political debate.
 
Then again we do live in a time where people label a leader who effectively manages a one-seat parliamentary majority, despite numerous manufactured scandals, a "failure" and a candidate who couldn't even negotiate a shoe-in minority government "a leader".
 
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Well as a fellow Australian, who lives in Queensland, I look forward to the store opening. The people mainly hurt by a weak economy are rarely the more wealthy targets of Apple. I'd start getting concerned if I was selling Android phones of course ;)

That's true, there are certain in-demand professions who are never unemployed, even in a recession.

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That's true, there are certain in-demand professions who are never unemployed, even in a recession.

Haha - There is an undertone to your response, for whereas you might have been referring to teachers, engineers and lawyers, I don't think you were!

 

Regardless, this recently: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/australia-you-dont-know-how-good-youve-got-it-20130901-2sytb.html

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Haha - There is an undertone to your response, for whereas you might have been referring to teachers, engineers and lawyers, I don't think you were!

I was actually referring to engineers, lawyers etc. But you're right, there are other less respectable professions you could say that about too.

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