Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Australian Architects at the 13th Venice International Architecture Biennale

Richard Goodwin Pty Ltd Australian Pavilion ©Richard Goodwin Pty Ltd
(Venice, Italy) The Australians sent over a press release about what they're up to for the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale, which opens to the public on August 29 and runs through November 25, 2012. Since I am the Venice Insider for Ninemsn, Australia's number-one interactive media company, I have a soft spot in my heart for Australia.

In addition, Australia happens to be the home of one of the coolest rich guys to come down the pike in a long time, Simon Mordant, the Australian financier and philanthropist who declared: "I hope my last check bounces. I want to die with nothing." Mordant is Australia's commissioner for the 2013 Venice International Contemporary Art Biennale, and is also at helm of the funding drive to raise money for the new Australian Pavilion. "I'm really targeting individuals. There's only so long you can stand around talking about your big house and your boat and your car. There's more to life." Perhaps Mordant will inspire other rich guys to enlarge their perspectives.

Here's the press release:

The Australian Institute of Architects unveils the first images

of its exhibition for the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale


The Australian Institute of Architects has unveiled plans and preview images of its exhibition, Formations: New Practices in Australian Architecture, which will open at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale this August.
As new economic, social and cultural challenges present themselves, the exhibition at the Australian Pavilion will act as a catalyst for discussion and debate around the changing role of architects and the ways in which they influence the world around them.
Building upon the Common Ground theme set by the Director of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition, David Chipperfield, Formations will explore concepts that unite the architectural profession, whilst celebrating points of difference. This will be communicated through a programme of events that will run alongside the exhibition, including workshops and informal discussions between international exhibitors and visitors that foster a collaborative working environment within the Biennale’s Giardini.
Devised by Creative Directors Anthony Burke and Gerard Reinmuth with TOKO Concept Design, the exhibition itself will showcase six innovative architectural groups through a range of installations that challenge traditional perceptions of what it is to be an architect, including:
2112 Ai (100 YR City) Australian Pavilion ©2112 Ai (100 YR City)
·            A digital installation that showcases futuristic urban visions for the European Capital of Culture, the city of Maribor in Slovenia, and exploring how external pressures on the profession will change the way our cities are designed (Exhibitor team: 2112 AI: 100 YR City),
Archrival - Australian Pavilion - ©Archrival
·            Arena Calcetto, an informal meeting area in the forecourt of the Australian Pavilion, featuring sculptural Foosball tables, which encourages discussion and engagement between pavilions and challenges international rivalry (Exhibitor team: Archrival),
Healthabitat - Australian Pavilion - ©Healthabitat
·            A touring team consulting local Venetians about ways to improve their homes, educating the public about connections between housing design and health issues (Exhibitor team: Healthabitat),

 · A water taxi journey around the Giardini, returning back to the Australian Pavilion via a zip line – extending the exhibition beyond the Australian Pavilion and creating new ways of experiencing the Biennale, whilst exploring the potential to create new public and private spaces in Venice (Exhibitor team: Richard Goodwin Pty Ltd), (see image at the top)

supermanoeuvre Australian Pavilion ©supermanoeuvre
 · A complex robotically fabricated sculptural installation, which explores the potential for ‘robot craftsmen’ and new technologies to change the way we design (Exhibitor team: supermanoeuvre),


The Architects Radio Show Australian Pavilion ©The Architects Radio Show
· A live roaming radio show, hosted by architects and academics, will be broadcast for the duration of the Vernissage, discussing international architectural issues (Exhibitor team: The Architects Radio Show)

Ciao from Venezia,
Cat

1 comment:

  1. In addition, Australia happens to be the home of one of the coolest rich guys to come down the pike in a long time, Simon Mordant, the Australian financier and philanthropist who declared: "I hope my last check bounces. I want to die with nothing."

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