CAPITheticAL Facts

CAPITheticAL Facts

  • CAPITheticAL is a Centenary of Canberra project, proudly supported by the ACT Government and the Australian Government and administered by the Australian Institute of Architects and presented as a Gallery of Australian Design exhibition.
  • CAPITheticAL is an international design ideas competition that invited student and professional designers to imagine how an Australian national capital might be created in the 21st century.
  • The hypothetical competition was launched by CAPITheticAL Competition Ambassador, His Excellency Mr Michael Bryce AM AE on Friday 6 May 2011 – 100 years after the original call for design entries for a capital city for the newly federated Australian nation.
  • Over 1200 registrations were received from over 40 countries including Russia, India, Germany and Vietnam.
  • At the close of Stage 1 on 31 January 2012, 114 entries had been submitted by entrants from 24 countries consisting of 41 student entries and 73 open category entries.
  • 74 entries were received from Australian participants, including seven entries from Canberra.
  • From these entries, the jury selected a shortlist of 20 with these entrants invited to develop their submissions for Stage 2 which closed in November 2012.
  • The CAPITheticAL jury was made up of Professor Barbara Norman (Chair), Dr Catherin Bull AM, Councillor John McInerney, Callum Morton and Professor Alastair Swayn.
  • Stage 1 and Stage 2 were judged anonymously.
  • The total prize pool totalled more than $100,000 with first prize taking home $70,000.
  • All 20 shortlisted submissions will be on display at The Gallery of Australian Design. The free exhibition is open from 6 March until 11 May 2013.

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