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Formations: New Practices in Australian Architecture, La Biennale di Venezia, Italy

Tuesday 07 Aug 2012

Unexpected forms of architecture

The Architects radio show_Australian Pavilion_Ã?© Australian Institute of Architects 
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First images of the Australian 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:

  • 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: 2112Ai 100 YC),
  • 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),
  • 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),
  • 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),
  • 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),
To read Anthony Burke and Gerard Reinmuth comments regarding the festival please click here

The Formations exhibition at the Australian Pavilion will be presented for press previews during the Vernissage on 27th - 28th August and will be open to the public throughout the Venice Architecture Biennale from 29th August - 25th November 2012.

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