AUSTRALIA’S PARTICIPATION AT THE 2014 VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE
The Venice Biennale is the world’s most important forum for the topics faced by architects and society as a whole - determining the future of our planet. Seen as one of the most important events for the promotion of international architecture, the Biennale allows for Australians to demonstrate their unique views and work, which in turn contributes to the advancement of architecture both domestically and internationally. The Australian Institute of Architects’ commitment to an Australian exhibition at the Biennale is substantial and ongoing.
Supported heavily by the Australian architecture community, governments and sponsors, the Australian Exhibition at the Venice Biennale in previous years have attracted up to 93,000 visitors. More than 178,000 people visited the three-month Biennale in 2012, which included the participation of 55 Countries and 18 collateral events. Thousands of the world's most influential architects, designers, urban planners, and critics visit the Biennale, resulting in considerable discussion and commentary in the architectural press and general media.
SEARCH FOR A 2014 CREATIVE DIRECTOR IS NOW UNDERWAY
The Australian Institute of Architects invited Expressions of Interest for the role of Creative Director for the Australian exhibition at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale 2014. This EoI round is now closed, and 27 submissions were received from teams around Australia and also internationally.
Seven teams have been selected to progress to Stage 2 - which allows for further development and refinement of their proposal. These selected teams are (in no particular order):
1. Under Construction - Dr Elizabeth Farrelly, Grace Mortlock, David Neustein and Dan Hill with Other Architects and Fabrica (NSW)A big congratulations to these teams! They will present their refined exhibition concepts to the full Venice Biennale Committee (VBC) on June 6th, and the selected Creative Director(s) will be announced publically in July.
2. Augmented Australia 1914-2014 - felix. + Sophie Giles & Simon Anderson (WA)
3. Flatpack Pavilion - Zanny Begg, Chris Fox, Helen Lochhead and John Choi (NSW)
4. Openings - Andrew Burns / Mark Gowing / Brett Boardman (NSW)
5. Distinctions + Contradictions, At Home with Australian Architecture - Associate Professor Jay Younger, Lindy Johnson, Elizabeth Watson Brown, Jennifer Taylor (Advisor), and Tony Gooley Design (QLD)
6. Between - FloodSlicer and Two4K (VIC)
7. The Peephole Hoarding - The AU: Monica Earl, Daniel Fink, Tamara Frangelli, Nic Moore, Gabriele Ulacco with Suzanne Boccalatte of Boccalatte (NSW)
The Institute wishes to extend a huge thank you to all those who applied. The quality of the submissions this year was very high, and in this regard, the VBC selected a record-number (7) to go through to Stage 2.