EXHIBITION | Now + When Shortlist – Venice Biennale

Posted on 18/12/2009

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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:
Terroir
Whitford and Brearley
Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning, University of Melbourne
EDMOND & CORRIGAN
Colony Architects
University of Queensland
NH Architecture
John Wardle Architects
Arup Sydney
fmd architects
Woodhead & Bangarra Dance
BKK Architects, Village Well, Charter Keck Kramer
Hassell, Holopoint, University of Adelaide
Lean Productions
Arup Sydney
Curtin Uni + The University of Western Australia
room11 hobart + Katrina Stoll
Lacoste + Stevenson Architects, Craig Allchin, FROST design
Harrison and White Pty Ltd
Statkus Architecture + others
MGS with BILD + DYSKORS and MATERIAL THINKING
Billard Leece Partnership
Innovarchi
Minifie Nixon Architects + RMIT

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