From the National President

13 Apr

It is only a month until the 2015 National Architecture Conference – RISK.

We have had a great response to the program, curated by Donald Bates, Hamish Lyon and Andrew Mackenzie. If you haven’t registered yet, I encourage you to do so as it is set to be a sell-out event.

Also, I recommend that you register early for any fringe events you’re interested in attending as they are typically of limited capacity and do book out very quickly.

Next week we announce the creative team for the Australian exhibition at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.

The 2016 Biennale sees the inaugural architecture exhibition in the new Australian Pavilion, designed by Denton Corker Marshall, which opens next month. The new pavilion will attract considerable attention for its design, and for the fact that it is the first pavilion to be built within the Giardini in the 21st century. The 2016 architecture exhibition will be a major opportunity to showcase outstanding and innovative Australian design to the world.

A watery pool and a series of inverted Towers of Babel are among the unique proposals shortlisted, following stage two presentations by selected teams to the Venice Biennale Committee.

POST – John de Manincor, Sandra Kaji-O’Grady and Misho Baranovic

Inverting the Tower of Babel, POST explores the notion that in the modern age ambitious architectural projects bring people together from around the world rather than scattering them to the ends of the earth as expressed in the legend.

POST will reveal the creation of communities, the forging of relationships and the generation of new knowledge that comes from working on and using buildings designed by Australian practices.

The Pool – Aileen Sage and Michelle Tabet

The pool is a social and cultural icon of Australia. The proposed exhibition is an architectural exploration of the democratic, social and sacred principles of this universal and ancient typology. Pooling together the new and emerging voices of Australian architecture, The Pool will feature one immutable pool element, expanded through the use of light, mirror, glass and perspective to create a series of perceptual illusions, augmented by the use of sound, light and smell – a sensory feast for the visitor.

Parlour Live! – Justine Clark and Naomi Stead with Maryam Gusheh, Catherine Griffiths and Fiona Young

Parlour Live! is a contemporary snapshot of the human story of Australian architecture – a powerful documentation of who the profession is, how it works and how it might become more robust and inclusive.

Australia is a leader in the campaign for equity in architecture and Parlour Live! will use this position to empower visitors with the knowledge, the resolve and the practical tools for advocacy and action anywhere in the world.

Wide Open – Ed Lippmann, Dr Anne Watson, Susan Freeman and Michael Hill

A space to relax and absorb, Wide Open will be an audio and visual experience depicting the chronological development of Australian architecture, an architecture which is emerging with its own identity out of many and disparate influences.

Still and moving images will take the visitor on a journey through our enviable landscape, climate and lifestyle while providing a confident cultural statement on this world stage. Visitors will experience 250 years of radical architectural transformation from pre-European to a 21st century global culture.

Objects – Andrew Burns and Mark Gowing

Objects puts the focus on the by-products of architectural production rather than the built outcome. This exhibition will feature the physical forms of knowledge created through the process of realising a building, exposing a tapestry of Australian architectural practice.

Construction drawings, site photographs, material prototypes, jigs, discarded templates and pre-cast form-work will be sourced from practices around the nation and curated to provide an engaging, distinct experience within an exhibition context.

Selecting a winning proposal has been the difficult task assigned to the Venice Biennale Committee – so look out for the announcement which will be broadcast soon along with information on how you can get involved with this exciting global event.


Kind regards,
David Karotkin.