1983 Dystopias are by definition fictional societies, but the Earth has had its share of factual ones. You don’t have to create a worst case scenario with a pretend political boogeyman with a history that includes people like Stalin and Mao, or countries like the Soviet Union or China. There have been so many that […]
Australian cartoonist/journalist Eleri Mai Harris isn’t just an editor at The Nib, Medium’s marvelous comics section, run by Matt Bors. She’s a trained journalist who turned to comics to tell stories and in today’s Nib she has a good one: the story of the abortive designs for Canberra, the capital of Australia. Like a few other planned capital cities—Celebration and Brasilia comes to mind—the structural, utopian approach to city design rarely works out. The story also includes a dandy forgotten woman—Frank Lloyd Wright’s associate Marion Mahony Griffin. So sit back and learn some Australian and architectural history.