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Woods Bagot's Kate Dickinson wins student category with Annabel Koek for Capithetical competition

Woods Bagot’s Kate Dickinson and collaborating student Annabel Koeck at the University of Sydney have won first prize in a competition to design an Australian capital city. The international competition, Capithetical, instructed entrants to design a hypothetical capital city and Dickinson and Koeck’s winning entry looks to restore the identity of a city which is often lost under its capital status. A description of the winning ‘Proto: Capital’ concept reads as follows:

“The role of a capital city or polis has changed over centuries and will evolve into the future. Its form has continually aspired to be the most successful city form, often in isolation from the nation it represents. However, a more relevant view of the city is not as a construct striving for its own perfection, but as a tool, used instead for the progress of a much larger whole. In this way, and in a Platonic sense, the Capital gives itself to the nation's cities and population.

“This project proposes that Canberra will be an experimental ground for a new city paradigm. This is inherently suggestive of its role as a prototype. The role of a prototype is to test a concept or process, to be later replicated or learnt from. The role of Canberra as the nation's prototype will give it the tools to be a 'great' city. It becomes more of itself through the amplification of its potential, while also giving the city a contemporary relevance to the rest of the nation.”

The full list of winners reads as such

First Prize $70,000
The Northern Capital (103) by Ecoscape Aust Pty Ltd (Fremantle)

Second Prize
Sedimentary City (69) by Brit Andresen and Mara Francis (Brisbane)

Commendation
Mega Regions (24) by Dr Julian Bolleter and Professor Richard Weller of the Australian Urban Design Research Centre(Perth)

Student Prize
Proto:Capital (53) by Kate Dickinson and Annabel Koeck (Sydney)

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