There is no greater stage for the world of international architecture than the Venice Biennale. Showcasing the talents of architecture sectors worldwide, the Biennale unites the industry through shared innovation that encourages growth and diversity.
This year’s 13th Venice International Architecture Biennale upholds this ideology perhaps more than any other, promoting a Common Ground theme that encourages discussion and debate surrounding the evolution of architecture and the role that architects play in a modern built world.
In light of this theme, the newly-released plans for the Australian Pavilion ‘Formations: New Practices in Australian Architecture’, devised by a creative team headed by Anthony Burke and Gerard Reinmuth in collaboration with TOKO Concept Design, offer to ‘explore concepts that unite the architectural profession whilst celebrating points of difference’ according to the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA).
“It’s very exciting to see how the architectural profession is evolving, the new domains that are being explored and the vitality and variety of innovative architectural types that Australia seems to foster,” say creative directors Burke and Reinmuth. “Formations highlights the range of unconventional and world-leading architectural practice types being developed across Australia, celebrating new opportunities for architects that are working in non-traditional and unexpected ways.”
The pavilion is as much about exploring the architect as it as about exploring architecture. In order to convey this meaning, the exhibition will feature six installations that offer a diverse, modern and challenging spin on the perceptions of an architect.
These will include a digital installation, which will convey the message of the external pressure on architects and how this pressure will affect urban planning, using the futuristic urban planning concepts of the city of Maribor, Slovenia to exemplify this idea.
The information meeting space, Arena Calcetto, explores the challenge of international rivalry and a touring team of consultants will offer to connect housing design with health.
The next exhibition planned is a water taxi, which will tour around the Giardini, exemplifying the notion of finding potential in creating new public and private spaces in Venice, followed by what is labeled by the AIA as a ‘complex robotically fabricated sculptural installation,’ which again focuses on the evolutionary effect of technological design.
The last exhibition will include a live roaming radio show, which will simply discuss international architectural issues.
“The exhibition participates in the global discussion about the evolution and future of architectural practice, placing forward-thinking Australians at the heart of this conversation and exploring the increased opportunities that alternate forms of architectural practice present for the international profession to shape the built environment and make significant contributions in new fields of work,” say Burke and Reinmuth.
The Formations exhibition will be presented for press reviews in late August, with the public privy to the works from the time this has been completed through late November.