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AILA (ACT) launches ideas competition for future of Canberra’s urban landscapes

The ACT chapter of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has launched an ideas competition calling for cross disciplinary teams of built environment professionals to design a proposal that “remakes lost connections” in Canberra. At least one member of each competition team must be a member of the AILA (ACT) chapter.

“Canberra’s urban landscape is a legacy of its planning heritage,” the brief for the “Remaking Lost Connections” competition states. “It is arguably the capital’s most important ‘infrastructure.’ The purpose of this competition is to generate ideas and ramp up the public dialogue on how Canberra can confront the seemingly intractable environmental and social impacts of climate change.”

The competition encourages teams to explore the “wider agendas pertaining to climate change (e.g human health, economic prosperity, loss of habitat, sustainable lifestyles, or urban planning policies pursuing more compact city forms) and the role the urban landscape plays in addressing these issues.”

Design proposals must be sited within the urban areas and parks around Lake Burley Griffin and can include the lake and its islands. Submissions should “imaginatively retell the Canberra story … and inspire new paradigms about the role of the urban landscape in Canberra.”

Entries will be judged by an international panel of industry experts with jury members still to be announced.

The competition has a $10,000 prize for first place, with the possibility of up to two commendations of $2500 each to be awarded, with all entries in the competition to be exhibited publicly at the conclusion of the program. Entries for the “Remaking Lost Connections’ competition close Monday 10 June 2019.

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