Venice Biennale shortlist announced

December 17, 2009

Creative Directors shortlist 24 entries for the ‘NOW + WHEN Australian Urbanism’ exhibition at the 2010 Venice Biennale.

Twenty-four teams have been shortlisted for inclusion in the Australian pavilion’s NOW + WHEN exhibition at the 2010 Venice Biennale.

The proposals were selected from 129 submissions entered into the national Ideas for Australia’s cities 2050+ competition, run by the Australian Pavilion’s Creative Directors, John Gollings and Ivan Rijavec.

The team’s two-part ‘NOW + WHEN Australian Urbanism’ exhibition will highlight three of Australia’s most interesting urban regions as they are now, before dramatically representing around seven futuristic urban environments from the competition as they may be when we reach 2050 and beyond.

Proposals include
• new cities housing between 50,000-100,000 people in current desert areas
• Cities in which urban development is concentrated in ‘peripheral’ areas, such as large landholdings on university campuses, ‘big box’ shopping centres, business parks, industrial estates, recreational reserves, and market gardens to establish a series of interlinked, self-sustaining districts dispersed along a transport ring
• Cities which feature a ‘tartan-like texture of pure urban areas (or cells), pure rural cells, and cells which are a hybrid of rural and urban’
• Cities designed for ‘urban life without fear’
• Cities in which ‘within tightly controlled boundaries exist Multiple Cities’
• Cities ‘woven into the landscape’ – balancing dense human settlement with flora and fauna biodiversity
• Cities hugging the coast from Noosa to Geelong to accommodate population growth and the preferred coastal climate

Gollings said the number and scope of the entries “exceeded expectations”, adding: “Of great interest now, is that these varied ideas must be turned into tangible 3D models which can be screened as virtual, built projects for exhibition in the Australian Pavilion in Venice.

“This process will challenge the normal speculative imaging often produced by architects, and lead to new presentation techniques benefiting the whole profession as the world embraces 3D, virtual, and holographic media.”

Rijavec explained that the exhibition “[spotlights] our most pressing national concern – how we best manage our cities and their future growth,” with 93 per cent of Australians living in urban areas affected by the ways in which our cities function.

Rijavec explained that the host city is in itself a pertinent reminder of the threats facing our urban environments. “Venice itself has shown how a city might blossom in a global context, but also how the vicissitudes of a changing world can turn it into a caricature of itself – some 60,000 people live there, while more than 20million visit it annually. It floods 50 times a year and, saving protective measures, by 2030 it will be under water.”

*Shortlisted teams are:*
• Richard Goodwin, Art/Architecture, TERROIR, Andrew Benjamin, Ingo Kumic, Dan Hill, _*Sydney 2050: Fraying Ground*_
• Steve Whitford, University of Melbourne, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning + James Brearley BAU Brearley Architects and Urbanists, Adjunct Professor RMIT, _*Symbiotic City*_
• Justyna Karakiewicz, Thomas Kvan and Steve Hatzellis, _*Urban Life Without Fear*_
• Edmond & Corrigan, _*A Future Australian City*_
• Colony, _*Mould City*_
• Brit Andresen and Mara Francis, _*Sedimentary City*_
• NH Architecture with Andrew Mackenzie, _*Not all Arrows hit the Target*_
• John Wardle Architects & Stefano Boscutti, _*Multiple Cities*_
• Alanna Howe, Alexander Hespe (ARUP), _*biomimetic city*_
• PDJ Architects (Fiona Dunin, Alex Peck, Martina Johnson), _*-41+41*_
• Bangarra Dance Theatre, Woodhead, Dr. Doris McIIwain, Ross Honeywill, Greer Honeywill, _*Love and Movement*_
• A collaboration between BKK Architects, Village Well, Charter Keck Kramer, _*Survival vs Resilience*_
• HASSELL, Professor Mike Young (University of Adelaide) & Holopoint
• Food for Thought: e-agora 2059. Michael Lewarne + Tom Rivard in association with house of Laudanum, Dr Lian Loke & Dr Anne Arquit Neiderberger
• ARUP, _*Cities of Resilience in the wake of Climate Change*_
• Room 11 + Scott Lloyd and Katrina Stoll, _*Island Proposition 2100*_
• Lacoste + Stevenson Architects, Six Degrees Architects, FROST Design
• Harrison and White with Nano Langenheim, _*Implementing the Rhetoric*_
• Ben Statkus (Statkus Architecture), Daniel Agdag, Melanie Etchell, William Golding, Anna Nguyen, Joel Ng, _*How Does it Make You Feel?*_
• McGauran Giannini Soon (MGS), Bild + Dyskors, _*Material Thinking*_
• Billard Leece Partnership, _*A Tale of Two Cities 2100*_
• Innovarchi, _*The Mangrove occupying the Now and WHEN of the waters edge*_
• Design Research Institute RMIT (CRI) + Minifie Nixon Architects MNA, _*Cloudnets*_
• Dr. Beth George, A. Professor Jon Tarry, A. Professor Rene Van Meeuwen, _*Speciation City*_

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