Capitol design plan should come from outside of Juneau

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Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2004

He and members of the Capitol Planning Commission traveled to Anchorage, Fairbanks and Kenai to announce a statewide competition for designing a capitol.

Alaskans can get involved in the project at three different levels. They can apply to become a member of the jury that will select the designer and the design for the new building. Seven of the nine jury members will be Alaskans, with the other two being nationally recognized professionals from outside the state. Alaskans also can submit their ideas on how the capitol should look, how it should work, what materials should be used to build it and what cultural or artistic elements should be included in the design. These ideas will be given to the architects who become finalists and they will in turn be judged in part on how well they incorporate Alaskans' ideas into their design. Finally, Alaskans will be asked to help decide which architectural team should design the future capitol. People will be able to check out the designs on a Web site, as well as view them at public exhibits in several cities in mid-February.

It's especially important that Alaskans be involved in this planning so that the capitol truly reflects the needs of this state. While Juneau wants very much to remain the seat of state government, the building of this capitol isn't just for Juneau. It's for the entire state. ...

... The Capitol Planning Commission had done well to launch a capitol project that fully involves Alaskans around the state. If all goes as the mayor hopes, the state could have a new capitol by its 50th birthday in 2009. Citizens of this state have a chance to make the capitol reflect their needs and their values. It's time for Alaskans to tell planners how the new state capitol can really work for them.

Juneau Empire - Nov. 7

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