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CAPITheticAL – Design Ideas competition

CAPITheticAL - Design Ideas competition Deadline: 31 January 2012

Open to: international,  individuals and collaborative design teams of professionals, students and recent graduates in architecture, planning, engineering, , , as well as artists, environmentalists and other suitably qualified design professionals who have a .

Do you have a passion for culture, cities and urban planning?

CAPITheticAL invites you to look back at the big ideas that shaped our national capital and look forward to the big ideas that will shape our future cities in the 21st century and beyond.

In the lead up to Canberra’s Centenary celebrations in 2013, it is timely to consider the factors and influences that lead to the city’s creation.

Artists, graphic designers, architects, urban planners and environmentalists are invited to review Canberra’s history and help our nation imagine how a hypothetical national capital might be created 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.

Entry is free.

THE TASK

CAPITheticAL invites responses to many questions, including:

  • Would you build a new capital today or could the Australian Federation be expressed in a different way?
  • Would it be a city in the conventional sense or not? If not, what form might it take?
  • What ideas would drive its design and development?
  • How would 21st century social, political and environmental factors influence the nature of the city?
  • Of what should our national capital consist?

KEY PROPOSITION

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?

  • Are there relevant security concerns that would influence the location and design of a national capital today?
  • Can the design and location of a city influence clarity, compassion and productivity in the thinking of Governments and political representatives?
  • What influence would climate change have?
  • Can the design of a city influence the life and work of its residents?

PRIZES

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 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.

WHO CAN ENTER

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.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

(1) A design submission in the chosen format which contains sufficient detail to fully explain the entry to the Jury and the public attending the exhibition.

(2) The entry should demonstrate knowledge of the debates, influences and processes that led to the competition for the design of Canberra as Australia’s national capital. This demonstration may be written or presented graphically or may be a combination of presentation media.

PROVOCATIONS

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?

National versus Local: The architecture of a capital is imposing as an expression of nationhood and heritage, values and aspirations. How then should such a city express itself as a place where people also live, work and play? 

Size:
Australia is the world’s most urbanised nation, with 57% of its population living in the five largest cities. This figure is close to double that of Europe and the USA. Should a hypothetical capital have ambitions as a sixth metropolis?

What: What is a city?

  • event?
  • infrastructure?
  • home?
  • market?
  • government?
  • landscape?
  • object?
  • experience?
  • commerce?
  • community?
  • communication?

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?

REGISTER

To access the full competition brief you must register for the competition.

Registration is free.

The Process

Competition announcement, registrations open 06 May 2011
Entrants are able to ask questions about the competition 06 May – 30 August 2011
All responses to questions posed by entrants complete
and posted on the website
30 September 2011
Stage 1 submission due 31 January 2012
Short-listed submissions announced 23 May 2012
Stage 2 submissions due 30 November 2012
Prize winners announced March 2013
Curated exhibition of selected entries March 2013

ENQUIRIES

All enquiries should be made to:

The Australian Institute of Architects

e. info@capithetical.com.au

p. +61 2 6121 2000

Complete rules and application form may be downloaded from the web site:

http://www.capithetical.com.au/

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