Nexus, Australia & New Zealand Student Architecture Congress
The Australia and New Zealand Student Architecture Congress is the largest student gathering in the architecture calendar. It will be an opportunity to not only engage with the national and international architecture community, but also meet and get to know your fellow students from across Australia and New Zealand.
For more information visit architecture.com.au/nexus.
Spirit of Place, 2013 Queensland Regional Conference
The inaugural Queensland regional conference will extend the ground covered by the 2012 National Architecture Conference, Experience, by focussing upon the unique opportunities commonly available to architects and practising regionally, responding to the unique ‘Spirit of Place’. The conference will be the first of the biennial program of Queensland Regional Architecture Conferences, providing considerable opportunities for the Institute’s regional members.
For more information please visit the Spirit of Place website.
National Architecture Conference
Held annually, the National Architecture Conference is a major event of the Australian Institute of Architects and is attended by over 1000 delegates.
At the recent 2013 National conference, Material, the creative team was announced for the 2014 National Architecture Conference. Adam Haddow (SJB), Helen Norrie (University of Tasmania) and Sam Crawford (Sam Crawford Architects) will curate the conference, which, for the first time in over a decade, will be hosted in Perth from 8 to 10 May 2014.
The 2014 conference, Making, takes inspiration from the process of making architecture, not merely its presentation as finished product. In exploring the topic of making, the conference directors will look to the collaborative relationships and projects that lead to cultural change, or shift the context of architectural practice.
Looking forward, the Institute is now seeking expressions of interest for the role of the Creative Director for the 2015 National Architecture Conference. Inventive and enthusiastic individuals, practices, schools of architecture, or collaborative teams are encouraged to submit their expressions of interest in the role of creative director for the 2015 National Architecture Conference. The appointed Creative Director will be responsible for the conceptualisation of theme and content of the 2015 Conference, while the formal and operational aspects will be the primary focus of the Institute’s events management team.
Detailed information on submission requirements and the role of the Creative Director will be available soon. The submission deadline is 5.00pm ADST Monday 21 October 2013.
The 14th International Architecture Exhibition will be held from Saturday 7th June to Sunday 23rd November 2014. This is approximately six months in duration, a significant extension of what has occurred in previous years.
Rem Koolhaas, director for Biennale 2014, has announced the theme for the event:
Fundamentals will be a Biennale about architecture, not architects…
Ideally, we would want the represented countries to engage a single theme - Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014 - and to show, each in their own way, the process of the erasure of national characteristics in favour of the almost universal adoption of a single modern language in a single repertoire of typologies.
The Biennale is heavily supported by the architecture community, governments and sponsors, in Australia and around the globe. More than 178,000 people visited the three-month Biennale in 2012, including 93,000 visitors to the Australian exhibition.
The Australian Institute of Architects invited Expressions of Interest for the role of Creative Director for the Australian exhibition. From 27 submissions, seven teams were selected to progress to Stage 2. They were (in no particular order):
- Under Construction - Dr Elizabeth Farrelly, Grace Mortlock, David Neustein and Dan Hill with Other Architects and Fabrica (NSW)
- Augmented Australia 1914-2014 - felix. + Sophie Giles & Simon Anderson (WA)
- Flatpack Pavilion - Zanny Begg, Chris Fox, Helen Lochhead and John Choi (NSW)
- Openings - Andrew Burns / Mark Gowing / Brett Boardman (NSW)
- Distinctions + Contradictions, At Home with Australian Architecture - Associate Professor Jay Younger, Lindy Johnson, Elizabeth Watson Brown, Jennifer Taylor (Advisor), and Tony Gooley Design (QLD)
- Between - FloodSlicer and Two4K (VIC)
- The Peephole Hoarding - The AU: Monica Earl, Daniel Fink, Tamara Frangelli, Nic Moore, Gabriele Ulacco with Suzanne Boccalatte of Boccalatte (NSW)
The selected Creative Director(s) will be announced publically in July.
For more information visit www.labiennale.org/en/architecture.