Business As (Un)usual


What might Australian cities look like by 2100?


Organizers: PIA Planning Institute Australia and AUDRC Australian Urban Design Research Centre

Type: Open, international, student

Language: English

The competition is open to tertiary students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate program at an Australian (or international) university or technical college, and recent graduates (within one year of completion at the competition‘s closing date).

Fee: none

1 July 2022 – Submission deadline

Competition assignment

The Business as (Un)usual competition invites you to imagine a future Australian city that embodies a new Australian Dream for the twenty-first century. 

While Australia has so far dodged the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has dramatically reshaped lifestyle, dwelling and transport preferences. These shifts (amongst others) have reignited a raft of planning issues, including regional settlement patterns, public and private open space provision, housing design, urban density, and mass transit connectivity. This refocusing is timely because the traditional suburban Australian Dream is running out of steam on many fronts and fails to acknowledge tens of thousands of years of  Indigenous dreaming. 

This competition asks you to weave a new dream for Australian cities and express it in a proposal for a future Australian city of 50,000 people or more located in a regional area.. Your future city proposal will consist of an overall vision and the design of a 1km2 precinct.


The total prize money is 10,000 AUD. 

Four winners to receive 2,500 AUD and a commendation.

Ten honorable mentions to receive a commendation


– Richard Weller, Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture and Meyerson Chair of Urbanism  at the Weitzman School of Design University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

– Robin Goodman, Emeritus Professor of Urban Planning at RMIT (RPIA Fellow)

 – Robert Freestone, Professor of Planning at UNSW (RPIA Fellow)

 – Dr Beth George, Senior Lecturer (Design) at the University of Newcastle

 – Rebecca Moore, Western Australian Government Architect (PIA Assoc)

 – Perry Lethlean, Managing Director of landscape architectural practice Taylor Cullity Lethlean. 

 – Abel Feleke, Advisor to the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat and a Norman Foster Foundation Scholar

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