Canberra: City in the Landscape
It is 100 years since Walter Burley Griffin won the 1911 international design competition to create a city in the landscape for Australia’s national city.
At a time when Burley Griffin’s vision is under siege in some quarters, highly regarded author, academic and landscape planning consultant, Professor Ken Taylor, brings his sharp eye and considerable understanding to the unique features of Canberra’s landscape design.
His book is also an account of the far-sighted people who brought the vision to life. In 1912 Walter Burley Griffin wrote of his plan for ‘a city like no other’. Yet many Australians would be unaware that it was Prime Minister Menzies who, many years later, played a part in ensuring Australia had a fitting capital.
Canberra: City in the Landscape helps us understand this grand design and how it came about.