Creative Directors for 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale announced

September 28, 2009

John Gollings and Ivan Rijavec to lead creative team for the Australian Pavilion.

The Australian Institute of Architects has announced that architectural photographer John Gollings and Melbourne-based architect Ivan Rijavec will lead the creative team for the Australian Pavilion at the 12th Venice International Architecture Biennale.

Venice Biennale Commissioner Janet Holmes à Court announced the appointment, saying, “I have every confidence that the appointment of our 2010 Creative Director team… affords us a great head-start in the promotion of the nation’s incredibly rich and diverse architectural talent.”

The team’s two-part exhibition, ‘NOW + WHEN Australian Urbanism’, will highlight three of Australia’s most interesting urban regions as they are now, and then show futuristic urban environments as they might be in 2100.

The three urban regions featured in the ‘NOW’ section will be Sydney, Melbourne and Surfers Paradise. Stereoscopic images will show three-dimensional views of the cities from 20,000 feet, while specific urban and architectural landmarks will be shown in ‘helicoptering’ video imagery.

The ‘WHEN’ section will envisage Australian urban environments as they might be in 2100. Australian architects will be asked to submit 3D entries for inclusion by entering an ‘Ideas for Australian Cities 2100’ national competition.

Twenty-nine submissions were received for the role of Creative Director, with five proposals shortlisted in a rigorous selection process.

The full 2010 Creative Directors Team comprises John Gollings from Gollings Photography, Ivan Rijavec from Rijavec Architects, graphic designer David Pidgeon, Professor Jeffrey Shaw, architect and sound designer Nick Murray and 3D experts Sam Slicer and Daniel Flood.

The Venice Architecture Biennale has been running since 1980, and now takes place every two years. At the 2008 Biennale, 52,000 people visited the Australian pavilion. Australia’s attendance is currently funded by the Australian Institute of Architects, which pledged funding for the 2006, 2008 and 2010 events.

*1* John Gollings (right) & Ivan Rijavec. Photograph by David Pidgeon.
*2-3* 3D visualisations of ‘NOW + THEN Australian Urbanism’ by Floodslicer.
*4* Explanatory diagram of the ‘NOW + THEN Australian Urbanism’ exhibition in the Australian pavilion, rendering by Floodslicer.
*5* Surfers Paradise. Aerial photograph by John Gollings.
*6* Melbourne. Aerial photograph by John Gollings.
Courtesy Australian Institute of Architects.

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