Urban designers were tasked with creating a design for a 21st Century capital, in a competition rather similar to that one Walter Burley Griffin won. The winners of the competition were announced today.
UPDATE: They sent us photos! Stop using your imagination!
Winners of CAPITheticAL were announced tonight by Senator for the ACT, Hon Kate Lundy, and by the ACT Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher. His Excellency, Mr Michael Bryce AM AE, announced the winner of the Student Prize, and the Commendation which was made to a further entry.
The first place entry, announced by Kate Lundy, is:
- Northern Capital, by Ecoscape Australia Pty Ltd (North Fremantle), which proposed a second capital on Lake Argyle in the Kimberley. The judges said Ecoscape’s proposal showed a clarity of vision – in retaining two capitals, Canberra and the Northern Capital. The Northern Capital echoed Canberra in that both are in mountain ranges with their own water supplies. Ecoscape’s proposal addressed Australia’s role in Asia, and it sought to integrate Aboriginal culture. First prize is $70,000.
The second place entry, announced by Katy Gallagher, is:
- Brit Andresen and Mara Francis (University of Queensland, Brisbane), for Sedimentary City. Their proposal maps both the past and possible future of Canberra, layer on layer, to create the Sedimentary City. The judges said Sedimentary City was an unexpected idea, which avoided science fiction. They said it was a poetic and visually sumptuous projection of what might occur. The second prize is $30,000.
The student prize was awarded to Kate Dickinson and Annabel Koeck (Sydney) for Proto:Capital.
The jury awarded a Commendation to the Urban Design Research Centre (Perth), for Megaregions, an arrestingly graphic presentation on the impact of Australia’s projected population growth.