Feb 15, 2016
A joint initiative between the ACT Government and the National Capital Authority (NCA), the competition sought expressions of interest from Landscape Architects Australia wide. Submissions were to address the significant cultural, historical and ecological attributes of the Mount Ainslie Summit in a way which both unifies and maximises opportunities across the site.
The Blackwell & Associates team, which includes Associate Professor Christopher Vernon from ALVA UWA, presented a conceptual design that offers a heavily curated experience commemorating the lives and work of Walter and Marion Griffin. The design, by Landscape Architect Sam Harry, proposes an authentic, long-term vision for the mountain appropriate to its cultural status - in essence, a monumental garden on a mountain - an appropriate tribute to the Griffins.
From the Stage 1 process, three consultants (including Blackwell & Associates) were selected to go on to participate in Stage 2 of the competition. Blackwell & Associates team leader Tony Blackwell and recent UWA graduate Sam Harry traveled to Canberra this week to present their Griffin Memorial Concept to the competition.
The winner will be awarded the contract to prepare a Preliminary Sketch Plan and Interpretive Strategy for Mt Ainslie and will be announced on the 17th February, 2016.