DLA is hosting a collaborative consortium of design studios that includes here studio and ARUP that has been shortlisted in the international Capithetical competition. As one of 114 entries from 24 countries, DLA is now one of 20 entries moving onto the next stage. Our team name is 'The Engagement Studio'.
The idea of the competition was to imagine a hypothetical new capital city for Australia. You could choose to upgrade Canberra (or leave it the same!), build a whole new capital city, or do something completely different.
Our team considered the idea of a capital that moves around Australia every few years to where it most needed – a roving capital that acts as an impetus for revitalisation and regeneration.
The construction of necessary capital facilities is designed with the intention of their use after the capital has moved on. To ensure not to leave buildings and infrastructure behind that are not required. The design of each capital begins years before it moves in, with a grassroots, bottom up process of deep engagement with the community.
Congratulations to everyone on all the short listed teams.