CAPITheticAL invites responses to many questions, including:
Between Federation in 1901 and the selection of the national capital site in 1908, various pressures particular to the concerns and conditions of the time influenced Canberra’s establishment and growth. Today, those ‘pressures’ seem less compelling.This competition, a hypothetical, invites participants to re-imagine the task faced by those whose job it was to decide how the capital would be created. What kinds of pressures and influences would there be if the city were being planned today?
More than $100,000 has been provided for prizes in the competition.
The first prize will be to the minimum value of $70,000.
Design students are encouraged to enter the competition, individually or in groups, and the Jury may award a student prize with a value of up to $10,000 where high quality submissions are received from design students.
Additional jury prizes, commendations or honourable mentions may be awarded to submissions of high quality.
CAPITheticAL is an international competition open to individuals and collaborative design teams of professionals, students and recent graduates in architecture, planning, engineering, landscape architecture, urban design, as well as artists, environmentalists and other suitably qualified design professionals who have a passion for cities and urban culture.
Entry is free.
The following provocations are prompts, potential ways of creating a space for thinking through the consequences of bringing Canberra’s past history into our present and very different world. What kind of national capital would we imagine now?
What is a city?
Is a capital city different?
Whose: Does our changing demographic influence the shape, substance or style of the city?
How: Do social, political and environmental pressures and expectations influence how an Australian capital might be created today?