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6 Politically Motivated Cities Built From Scratch

10:30 - 31 March, 2015
6 Politically Motivated Cities Built From Scratch, Image of the planned new capital of Egypt, masterplanned by SOM. Image © SOM
Image of the planned new capital of Egypt, masterplanned by SOM. Image © SOM

Threatening to end Cairo’s 1,046 year dominance as the country’s capital, earlier this month the government of Egypt announced their intentions to create a new, yet-to-be-named capital city just east of New Cairo. The promise of the more than 270 square mile ‘new New Cairo’ has attracted headlines from around the world with its sheer scale; a $45 billion development of housing, shopping and landmarks designed to attract tourism from day one, including a theme park larger than Disneyland. And of course, the plans include the promise of homes - for at least 5 million residents in fact, with the vast number of schools, hospitals and religious and community buildings that a modern city requires - making the new capital of Egypt the largest planned city in history.

The idea of building a new capital city has appealed to governments across history; a way to wipe the slate clean, stimulate the economy and lay out your vision of the world in stone, concrete and parkland. Even old Cairo was founded as a purpose built capital, although admittedly urban planning has changed a little since then. It continues to change today; see the full list of different ways to build a totally new city after the break.

Image of the planned new capital of Egypt, masterplanned by SOM. Image © SOM Train station. Image © SOM Government District. Image © SOM Concept of Cairo's replacement by Skidmore, Owings and Merril. Image © SOM +44

House 3 / Coy Yiontis Architects

21:00 - 30 March, 2015
House 3 / Coy Yiontis Architects, © Peter Clarke
© Peter Clarke

© Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke +25

Lorne Hill House / Will Harkness Architecture

18:00 - 25 March, 2015
Lorne Hill House / Will Harkness Architecture, © Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell

© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell +23

Bike House / FMD Architects

18:00 - 23 March, 2015
Bike House / FMD Architects , © John Gollings
© John Gollings

© John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Melbourne VIC, Australia
  • Design Team

    Fiona Dunin, Katherine Peasley, Robert Kolak, Caroline Tan, Alex Peck, Ryan Fothergill
  • Area

    202.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Loreto College / ThomsonAdsett

18:00 - 16 March, 2015
Loreto College / ThomsonAdsett, © Alicia Taylor
© Alicia Taylor

© Alicia Taylor © Alicia Taylor © Alicia Taylor © Alicia Taylor +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    415 Cavendish Road, Coorparoo QLD 4151, Australia
  • Architect

    Chad Brown, Phil Horwood, Martin Hammond
  • Project Director

    Graham Legerton
  • Project Architect

    Geraldine Dawson
  • Architectural Technician

    Tom Fowler, Steve Foro
  • Area

    1115.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

M House / MAKE architecture

18:00 - 12 March, 2015
M House / MAKE architecture, © Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

© Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts +15

Pacific House / Casey Brown Architecture

12:30 - 12 March, 2015
Pacific House  / Casey Brown Architecture, Courtesy of Casey Brown Architecture
Courtesy of Casey Brown Architecture

Courtesy of Casey Brown Architecture Courtesy of Casey Brown Architecture Courtesy of Casey Brown Architecture Courtesy of Casey Brown Architecture +17

Tower House / Austin Maynard Architects

17:00 - 11 March, 2015
Tower House / Austin Maynard Architects, © Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts

© Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts +48

The Corner / Bower Architecture

18:00 - 10 March, 2015
The Corner / Bower Architecture, © Shannon McGrath
© Shannon McGrath

© Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    Melbourne VIC, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    Jade Vidal
  • Design Team

    Jade Vidal, Chema Bould, Anna Dutton, Ben Shields, Rose Heeley
  • Area

    460.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Merton House / Thomas Winwood Architecture + Kontista+Co

18:00 - 9 March, 2015
Merton House / Thomas Winwood Architecture + Kontista+Co, © Emily Bartlett
© Emily Bartlett

© Emily Bartlett © Emily Bartlett © Emily Bartlett © Emily Bartlett +19

Sandringham House / Techne Architecture+Interior Design + Doherty Design Studio

18:00 - 5 March, 2015
Sandringham House / Techne Architecture+Interior Design + Doherty Design Studio, © Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell

© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell +18

Cabin 2 / Maddison Architects

18:00 - 4 March, 2015
Cabin 2 / Maddison Architects, © Will Watt
© Will Watt

© Will Watt © Will Watt © Will Watt © Will Watt +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Blairgowrie, Victoria, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    Peter Maddison
  • Area

    110.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Tintern Middle Schools / Architectus

18:00 - 2 March, 2015
Tintern Middle Schools / Architectus, © Folded Bird Photography (Brendan Finn)
© Folded Bird Photography (Brendan Finn)

© Folded Bird Photography (Brendan Finn) © Folded Bird Photography (Brendan Finn) © Folded Bird Photography (Brendan Finn) © Folded Bird Photography (Brendan Finn) +26

Curtin University Masterplan First to Receive 5 Green Star-Communities Rating in Australia

19:00 - 27 February, 2015
Curtin University Masterplan First to Receive 5 Green Star-Communities Rating in Australia , Courtesy of Curtin University
Courtesy of Curtin University

The Curtin University Master Plan has become the first project to receive a 5 Star Green Star-Communities Rating by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). Helmed by AECOM and Donaldson and Warn architects, the plan sets forth a strategy for the renewal of the University's main campus in Bentley, Perth, aiming to create a "vibrant urban community" that combines commercial, retail, residential, educational, and transport infrastructure. Sustainability is a cornerstone of the project, which seeks to be adaptable to, and respectful of, its site and heritage. 

The 5-star rating honours Australian Excellence in "innovation, design excellence, environmental sustainability, economic prosperity and liveability". Learn more about the project and view selected images after the break.

Courtesy of Curtin University Courtesy of Curtin University Courtesy of Curtin University Courtesy of Curtin University +6

Courtyard House / ​Aileen Sage Architects

01:00 - 25 February, 2015
Courtyard House / ​Aileen Sage Architects, © Tom Ferguson
© Tom Ferguson

© Tom Ferguson © Tom Ferguson © Tom Ferguson © Tom Ferguson +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Paddington NSW, Australia
  • Builder

    ​Lochbuild
  • Landscape Architect

    ​Sue Barnsley Design
  • Area

    200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Hawthorn House / Chan Architecture

18:00 - 24 February, 2015
Hawthorn House / Chan Architecture, © Folded Bird Photography – Brendan Finn
© Folded Bird Photography – Brendan Finn

© Folded Bird Photography – Brendan Finn © Folded Bird Photography – Brendan Finn © Folded Bird Photography – Brendan Finn © Folded Bird Photography – Brendan Finn +13

Stone House / CHROFI

01:00 - 19 February, 2015
Stone House  / CHROFI, © Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

© Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Northern Avenue, Tarro NSW 2322, Australia
  • Area

    160.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Elwood House / Preston Lane

01:00 - 17 February, 2015
Elwood House / Preston Lane, © Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell

© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell +18