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Unit 3
The Griffin Legacy

Walter Burley Griffin Research Poster

Setting the scene

The location of Australia's National Capital had been decided. A world competition was held to find a design that would incorporate an ornamental lake, Parliament House and all the necessary government buildings. An architect from Chicago called Walter Burley Griffin (and his wife and partner, Marion Mahony Griffin) won the competition with a design that incorporated the natural environment and scenic mountain views. Walter Burley Griffin moved to Canberra to oversee the construction process.

Of his design Griffin would write:

I have planned a city not like any other city in the world. I planned it not in a way that I expected any government authorities in the world would accept. I have planned an ideal city - a city that meets my ideal of the city of the future .

What to do

Investigate the architect Walter Burley Griffin and present your research in the form of a large research poster.

Key points within your report should answer the following questions:

Be creative

Present your poster using written information, photographic records (both past and present) and a design process similar to that used by Marion Mahony Griffin in the 1911-1912 competition.