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Memento : Issue 18
it or hate it, Canberra is a city with a grand vision. Many people believe that Canberra is the result of following Walter Burley Griffin's winning design for the Australian Federal Capital. Sadly, this couldn't be further from the truth. Our forthcoming title, Canberra Following Griffin: A Design History of Australia's National Capital, takes readers behind the scenes to discover what happened to Griffin's grand plan. Written by Paul Reid, retired architecture prof- essor and former chief architect of the National Capital Development Commission, this fascinating publication analyses Canberra's design history from the capital's inception to today. Learn how political infighting, bureaucratic resistance and delays in decision-making undermined the implementation of Griffin's plan. Discover how Prime Minister Robert Menzies' renewed commitment to Canberra changed the course of the capital's development. Find out what remains of Griffin's legacy today and how, nearly 100 years since the struggle to implement his design, he has finally been vindicated. Beautifully presented and richly illustrated with nearly 200 architectural drawings, maps and photographs -- many of which the public has never seen -- Paul Reid's design history of Canberra is a must- read for professional town planners, architects, historians and anyone interested in the design of our national capital. This limited edition book will be available for $90 in time for Christmas. To reserve your copy, telephone Publication Sales on (02) 6212 3609 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 20 memento september 2001 capital Our national What happened to Griffin's grand plan? Love Walter Burley Griffin's plan of Canberra, submitted to the 1912 design competition. This watercolour drawing by Marion Mahony shows a perspective view from the summit of Mount Ainslie. NAA: A710, 48-50