URBAN FIELDS: IDEAS FOR THE FUTURE OF CANBERRA (by supermanoeuvre)
Six of Australia’s most forward thinking architecture practices have been selected for the Formations
exhibition at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale. Formations: New Practices in Australian Architecture
is presented by the Australian INsitute of Architects and masterminded by Anthony Burke, Gerard Reinmuth and TOKO Concept Design.
The exhibition will spark a conversation about the role of architects and how their role is changing from more traditional styles and moving forward into the present.
The practices chosen are Healthabitat (Paul Pholeros, Stephan Rainow, Paul Torzillo); supermanoeuvre (David Pigram, Iain Maxwell, Chris Duffield); Richard Goodwin Pty Lid (Richard Goodwin); 2001 Ai (100YR City) (Tom Kovac, Fleur Watson); The Architects Radion Show (Stuart Harrison, Simon Knott, Christine Phillips, Rory Hyde); and Archrival (Claire McCaughan, Lucy Humphrey).
In October, the Institute sent out an open call for expressions of interest. The final selections were picked from 124 submissions.
"The selected formations represent a range of possible futures for architectural practice. From engagement with humanitarian causes to the creation of specialised technology and education networks for advanced material cultures, Australia has a wealth of innovation in its architectural community," said the creative team of the selection.
Australian architectural practices that challenge convention will be on show, displaying the perceptions and definitions of what it is to be an architect.
The possibilities for the profession to contribute to new domains will also be explored.
The dates of the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale are yet to be announced, but the event is likely to take place from September to November 2012.