Snapshot: 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale
The 13th International Architecture Biennale, themed ‘Common Ground’, opened in Venice this week. We round up some of the early social media coverage from architects and journalists on the ground in Venice.
Miff roundup: Futures Market
The second documentary by Spanish filmmaker Mercedes Álvarez, Futures Market is a visual meditation on the value of material versus immaterial goods, and their roles in the construction of our projected future.
MIFF roundup: Beijing Besieged by Waste
This confronting documentary from Chinese photographer Wang Jiuliang examines the dangerous cycle of consumption in Beijing, painting a bleak portrait of a city at the mercy of its own waste.
MIFF roundup: Patience (After Sebald)
Shown recently at MIFF, Grant Gee’s documentary Patience (After Sebald) attempts to unravel the mystery of WG Sebald’s famous book The Rings of Saturn, and its obsession with landscape and the ruins of civilisation.
MIFF roundup: Neighbouring Sounds
Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho addresses heavy themes with subtlety, humour and restraint in his debut feature-length film ‘Neighbouring Sounds’, premiered at this year’s MIFF.
Build it, and they won’t come
It’s an accepted cliche that architects’ websites are disaster zones: un-user friendly, Flash-heavy and completely un-navigable. What if architects designed their buildings the way they do websites? MC Escher would be proud. However, in the digital wilds of the internet, rebellion may be at hand.
Herman Miller: Then x Ten exhibition
A new exhibition at fortyfivedownstairs in Melbourne celebrates the poster designs commissioned by Herman Miller, featuring ten designs from the archives alongside ten new commissions from some of the world’s leading artists.
In profile: Kate Stokes
Heralding a thoughtful and considered approach to product design, Melbourne-based designer Kate Stokes’ recently established practice Coco Flip is characterised by extensive research and a penchant for travel.