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Organised as a follow-on event to the Australian premier of the documentary The Competition, the Melbourne School of Design brings together a selection of architects, critics and academics, to discuss the status of design competitions in Melbourne and within the context of Australia in this public debate.
The recent public competition for Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station, the private re-development of 447 Collins Street, and the new Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, have each been determined by various design competition formats, and have garnered public and professional attention.
Despite the high-profile status of these projects, less and less projects are determined by means of design competitions, and those that are seem to be consistently awarded to the larger, more established practices. Have we lost the opportunity for design competitions to foster and support new talent?