Design comp’s world interest

DESIGNERS from all over the world have registered interest in the Centenary of Canberra design project CAPITheticAL – an innovative design competition asking designers to imagine how an Australian national capital might look in the 21st century, understanding all of the challenges of today.

Since being launched in May, 498 individuals and groups have expressed interest from across Australia and from countries including the UK, Poland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Japan, Canada, Brazil, Belgium, Spain, Portugal and Venezuela.

“Just as was the case 100 years ago when an American won the national capital design competition, with Finnish and French entries running second and third, we are hoping the CAPITheticAL will also attract a big field of overseas entries,” says Chief Minister Katy Gallagher.

The winning entry will receive up to $100,000. Designers have until January 31, 2012 to lodge their entries – a competition jury will shortlist the entries leading up to the second and final stage of the competition.

Winners will be announced in March 2013, coinciding with Canberra’s 100th anniversary.

For more information on CAPITheticAL visit and for more information on the Centenary of Canberra visit

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