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lahznimmo architects and Spackman and Mossop Landscape Architects were appointed to prepare a Master Plan for the Canberra Institute of Technology in Reid, Canberra, after a limited paid competition. The driver for the masterplan was the recent amendments to the National Capital Plan as proposed in the Griffin Legacy initatives. The modern campus is a village within a city. It has a community structure that provides the support, services and facilities that might be reflected in the wider community. It is no longer a single use zone for teaching and administrative services only – with a single refractory-style food outlet. Instead it replicates the mixed-use model of a small village – providing small cafes and a variety of retail outlets that help it to function as a vital and social centre. Collaborative learning techniques and wireless technology means that outdoor spaces can function as extensions of the learning environment for small student groups and individuals.
Client: Canberra Insitute of Technology