In Phase 1 of the competition, we were challenged to envision a 21st Century capital city for Australia, one that advances the nation without neglecting the particularities of place – its past, its natural landscape, its government, its populace. Broadwater is a physical place that embodies and reflects the values of the nation, and in turn, inspires its people. A capital city, after all, ought to be the heart and soul of a country, the physical manifestation of its liberty, and the showpiece that, through its urban form, echoes the confidence of a great nation. CAPITheticAL has been opportunity for us to rethink what it means to be a liveable capital in the 21st Century.
Part of our effort to further articulate the vision we presented in Phase 1 was to emphasize the emotional connection people share with their cities, intimate and personal moments of urban life. We also wanted to articulate how our philosophy for this 21st Century livable urbanism will achieve that emotional connection, captured both in the video and our panel submission found on our facebook page at facebook.com/pages/MHBC/291329554296234?ref=stream. The tenants of our vision, “compactness”, “connectivity”, “sustainability”, “culture”, and “people”, continue to be core values reflected in this final submission video.