First images of Australia’s Biennale Exhibition
Director David Chipperfield set the theme ‘Common Ground’ for the 13th International Architecture Exhibition. As new economic, social and cultural challenges present themselves, the exhibition ‘Formations: New Practices in Australian Architecture’ 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.
Exhibitor team: 2112 AI [architectural intelligence], a group of international thinkers, investigating disruptive patterns of global change and envisioning future impacts on architecture, urbanism, and life.
Exhibitor team: Archrival, architects from rival firms come together in a non-corporate space to produce work that would be impossible to create within the confines of a standard architectural practice.
Exhibitor team: Healthabitat, an exemplary formation that improves the health and living environment of disadvantaged people through good design. Healthabitat works with Indigenous Australians and internationally in Nepal and New York City.
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, a multi-disciplinary practice committed to advancing the power of urban planning and rethinking our cities via public art and ‘parasitic’ architectural interventions. Central to its work is the notion of adaptive reuse and testing the boundaries between art and architecture.
Exhibitor team: supermanoeuvre, widens the physical and conceptual boundaries of architecture through computational design and advanced fabrication, experimentation, collaboration, teaching and research. Operating from Sydney and London, its work spans robotic design, technical and education networks and high-density housing.
Exhibitor team: The Architects Radio Show, a weekly 3RRR (Melbourne) radio programme produced collaboratively by academics and directors from various architectural practices.
‘The exhibition participates in the global discussion about the evolution and future of architectural practice, placing forward-thinking Australians at the heart of this conversation and exploring the increased opportunities that alternate forms of architectural practice present for the international profession to shape the built environment and make significant contributions in new fields of work.’
The Australian pavilion will be open to the public throughout the Venice Architecture Biennale from 29 August – 25 November 2012.