Mile 3: Canberra, ACT

Name: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Location: -35.308381, 149.124920
Density: 1153/sq mi (443.5/ sq km)

Canberra, the capitol of Australia, has been one of my favourite city maps since I first saw it. There is a fantastic overlap between the built and local environment. This is epitomised by the landscape actually being the roof of the Parliament building. You can walk across the top of the building. 

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Additionally, the shapes of the roads around the area are quite unique. There exists, to my eye, a lovely tension between the London Circuit and the State Circle. The London Circuit alone is enough to capture my imagination because it's a hexagon, which quite aside from being one of my favourite shapes, is an unusual choice in road planning. That these two are connected by a bridge across Lake Burley Griffin quite completely does me in, in terms of layout. It's great to contemplate. As you can see, this is not my first time cutting a map of Canberra.

Canberra 1.JPG

I was very excited to focus just on the square mile around the State Circle because I could actually attend to some of the more interior details of the area rather than aiming to capture the shape tension as I did in the above paper cut. 

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Additionally, it turned out, as I went on, that the drawing became one of my favourites as well. It's the header for this gallery for that reason. I was able to get a level of shading and depth from the digital drawing that I found wonderful. 

Canberra 1 [FINAL].PNG
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