The State of Mine is a critique of the current Australian capital city, Canberra. The project questions the essence of an Australian Capital and challenges the co-existence of capital/city; as well as parliament/public. We begin by asking ‘Will Canberra survive if Parliament and all its associative were to be plugged out of the urban fabric?’ More importantly
‘Will it even exist?’
Has the 20th century efforts to design a perfect city proven to be counter progressive? Building on the observations drawn from the growth of Canberra in the last 100 years, this thesis project aims to rethink the approaches in designing an Australian Capital city for the 21stcentury. The idea of a capital city is rich with political metaphors and morphological connotations, but also with uncertainties that prevent the growth of a new city and fail to attest to the reasons for starting anew.
Can a new city be expected to be a working capital or should it remain a symbolic capital? Is it possible to accommodate a 21st century democracy in the planning of the city? Beyond all that, could this new city change the current political agenda of Australia? It is our sincere hope that the rethinking of our capital will be extended politically to the leaders of the nation and progressively usher Australia into a new era.