A Tale of Two Cities: Adelaide and Canberra

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A Tale of Two Cities: Adelaide and Canberra

<p>Almost from Day 1, when the site was selected, the story of our national capital has sparked everything from violent controversy to ardent praise. Not so with Adelaide: once it’s site was selected

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Almost from Day 1, when the site was selected, the story of our national capital has sparked everything from violent controversy to ardent praise. Not so with Adelaide: once it’s site was selected it was reasonably plain sailing into a post-colonial future. But controversy or not, both Canberra and Adelaide have entered the annals of modern city planning as exemplars of their kind -arousing praise from all quarters and standing as landmarks when it comes to comparisons with other modern capital city planning enterprises. This course will track the history of both these Australian capitals from their beginnings as ‘empty’ bushland to their prominent positions today as national and state capitals respectively.


Canberra 2018 is undoubtedly one of the modern world’s most distinctive and memorable urban environments and considered by many to be one of the most beautiful national capitals in the world. It offers a mighty contrast with the much more compact, formal yet elegant Adelaide on the Torrens – a colonial pre-automobile capital with subtle classical touches but one whose plan has survived almost intact from its foundation in 1836 to its position as capital of the State of South Australia. This course will examine the principles which underpinned the design of Australia’s two famous planned capitals and attempt an evaluation of those principles in the light of today’s planning standards and ideals.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Overall, J. 1995, Canberra – yesterday, today and tomorrow
  • Stretton, Hugh, 1989, Ideas for Australian Cities
  • National Capital Planning Authority, 2004, The Griffin Legacy
  • Morgan and Gilbert, 1969, Early Adelaide Architecture