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Teams selected for 2012 Venice Biennale exhibition

December 6, 2011

Six teams are chosen to participate in ‘Formations’, the Australian exhibition at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale.

The Australian Institute of Architects has named the six teams selected to participate in the Australian exhibition at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale.

The teams were announced by the Creative Directors of the 2012 Australian pavilion, Anthony Burke and Gerard Reinmuth. Entitled ‘Formations: New Practices in Australian Architecture’, Burke and Reinmuth’s exhibition explores the changing role of architects and the evolution of contemporary architecture practice.

The six teams were selected from among 124 expressions of interest, submitted following an open call announced in October. The creative team said: ‘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.’

The six successful teams are:
Healthabitat (Paul Pholeros, Stephan Rainow, Paul Torzillo)
Founded in 1991 by Pholeros, Rainow and Torzillo, Healthabitat is committed to improving the health of indigenous Australians through its Housing for Health program. The group has also had a significant impact on state and federal government policy, with its Nine Healthy Living Practices endorsed by the National Indigenous Housing Design Guide since 1999.

supermanoeuvre (Dave Pigram, Iain Maxwell, Chris Duffield)
Co-founded by Pigram and Maxwell in 2006, this innovative architecture practice – directed by Pigram, Maxwell and Duffield – is an international leader in the fields of computational design and advanced fabrication. The practice’s work spans a wide range of production modes and media, including founding specialist technical and education networks that sit outside the regular institutional frames.

Richard Goodwin Pty Ltd (Richard Goodwin)
Artist and architect Richard Goodwin established his multi-disciplinary practice in 1993 as a means of exploring how art and architectural interventions might contribute to urban planning. Goodwin is also a professor at the University of NSW, where he examines public space and its relationship to politics and the radical transformation of architecture through the Porosity Studio.

2112 Ai (100YR City) (Tom Kovac, Fleur Watson)
Director and curator Tom Kovac and Fleur Watson are currently leading a group of international thinkers and educators investigating the future of the city of Maribor in Slovenia, which has been named European Capital of Culture for 2012. As part of the city’s festivities, 2112 Ai (100YR city) will investigate and identify disruptive patterns of global change and envisage impacts on architecture, urbanism and life in the extreme future – demonstrating how new forms of practice are responding to external demands on architecture.

The Architects Radio Show (Stuart Harrison, Simon Knott, Christine Phillips, Rory Hyde)
Launched in 2004 by Harrison and Knott, The Architects is a not-for-profit weekly radio program promoting architecture to a broader audience. Joined in 2008 by RMIT lecturer and architect Phillips and with Hyde first as a producer and now international correspondent, the program covers local and international architecture, urban design and sustainability issues.

Archrival (Claire McCaughan, Lucy Humphrey)
This not-for-profit Sydney organisation, founded in 2011 by McCaughan and Humphrey, reacts to financial, social, political and environmental forces that are making architectural practice more complex and constrained. Operating in parallel with everyday practice, it allows individuals to respond with more creative freedom to the forces reshaping the industry. The practice also questions the obsession with authorship, with projects only possible due to the combined efforts of a united project team.

The Creative Directors will work with TOKO Concept Design and the six participants to develop the exhibition concept for the 2012 Biennale, which is expected to run from September to November 2012.

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    [...] 2112Ai [Architectural intelligence] 100YC (100 Year City), is one of the six projects selected by Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), from Australia’s most innovative architecture practices to exhibit within the Formations exhibition at the Australian Pavilion during the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012. 2112Ai [Architectural intelligence] 100YC (100 Year City) is a multidisciplinary project inviting visionary ideas for the Maribor 2012 European Capital of Culture. To read more on this project from AIA click here. To read more on Maribor the European City of Culture click here. Australian Design Review click here. [...]


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