Venice Biennale 2012 exhibition EOI launched

October 5, 2011

Participate in the ‘Formations’ exhibition at the Australian pavilion for the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale.

The Creative Directors of the Australian pavilion at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale have invited participation from Australian architects in their exhibition, ‘Formations’.

The exhibition will focus on innovative architects working in evolutionary forms of practice, exploring the broader possibilities of the role of the architect. The creative team are now seeking Expressions of Interest from individuals or practices with an interest in contributing to the exhibition.

Creative Directors Gerard Reinmuth and Anthony Burke officially launched Australia’s participation in the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale in Sydney overnight. The exhibition, entitled ‘Formations: New Practices in Australian Architecture’, will be produced in collaboration with TOKO Concept Design.

“Our aim is to highlight the remarkable versatility and innovation of non-standard practice types and their design outputs that are recasting the ways in which architects practice, and expanding the role of architects,” they said. “These new practice formations will demonstrate to the world a particularly Australian mode of innovation and invention in the Australian Pavilion.”

Reinmuth and Burke aim to investigate the ways in which architects are using their spatial and organisational skills to address problems with the built environment, and how new practice formations are responding to the pressures of global economic, social and cultural challenges.

“This year’s exhibition at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale will showcase Australian architectural practices who are finding greater agency or effectiveness by operating in novel or innovation practice formations,” they explained. “‘Formations’ has been conceived as a major contribution to this internationally recognised issue, and intends to place Australia’s most innovative architects at the forefront of this international debate.”

The field of potential participants is open to a broad range encompassing practitioners, academics, those in Government and those pursuing humanitarian pursuits.

The exhibition will be underpinned by a series of questions:
* What are the new external pressures on the architectural discipline?
* How are architects restructuring their ideas of practice, and designing new forms of practice itself?
* What do these new forms of practice design, and does their formation affect the architecture they make?
* How do innovations in practice increase opportunities to shape the built environment, and create new futures for the discipline?
* How do we educate potential and future architects in light of such innovations in practice?
* How do you engage the public with these forms of unexpected architecture?

Expressions of Interest must be received by 12pm on Tuesday 8th November 2011.
For more information and to download the EOI brief, go to

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