Exploring futuristic ideas on Australian Urbanism – Australia’s two-part NOW + WHEN Australian Urbanism exhibition, Venice 2010. Competition now open.
October 27th, 2009
A national design competition by Australia’s creative directors for the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale opens today (Tuesday, October 27) highlighting three Australian urban regions as they are now, before representing futuristic urban settings as they may be when we reach 2050.
Growing Australian Urbanism has led to the idea for a theme for the 2010 Architecture Biennale which invites Australia’s architects to unleash their imaginations in addressing the issues of this Australian Urbanism.
The two-part exhibition, NOW + WHEN Australian Urbanism, in Venice next year will highlight three Australian urban regions as they stand today and how they may appear in 2050 and beyond culminating in a futuristic look at the idea of what could constitute Australian Urbanism in the future.
The creative team behind NOW+WHEN, John Gollings and Ivan Rijavec, see urban transformation in Australia 2050 and beyond being driven as much by political and economic imperatives as they will be by technology and design. Rijavec and Gollings are keen to see designs which reflect these circumstances.
“We’re especially interested in really imaginative designs with a strong theoretical basis which both integrate cultural influences and exploit the creative potential of architecture,” Rijavec says.
Profiling Sydney, Melbourne and Surfers Paradise through stereoscopic visuals, the NOW component will demonstrate contrasting views of these cities from macro-scapes at 20,000 feet to “helicoptering” views of urban and architectural icons at close range.
WHEN is daring to imagine Australian urban spaces in 40 years’ and beyond, with the intent of “catapulting urban debate into eye-popping visceral entertainment set in a soundscape”, according to Gollings and Rijavec.
Liberating architects from current planning and design constraints and encouraging speculative, futuristic visions, the Designs for Australia’s cities 2050+ competition is being held to source material for the WHEN part of Australia’s exhibition.
A shortlist of entrants will be selected to develop their designs further, from which a group of finalists will be announced and whose work will be exhibited at the Australian Pavilion in Venice next year.
All competition information is available at architecture.com.au/nowandwhen
The Australian Exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale is a major project of the Australian Institute of Architects.
Hero image: Floodslicer
A searchable and comprehensive guide for specifying leading products and their suppliers
Keep up to date with the latest and greatest from our industry BFF's!
Australia’s leading producer of solid-engineered oak flooring has recently launched a new suite of innovative resources to support creativity and ambition in the architecture and design community.
Join us behind the scenes with V-ZUG’s in-house design team, and discover how this Swiss boutique kitchen manufacturer balances art, science and history to create its pioneering Excellence line.
Entries for the Gaggenau Kitchen of the Year close on April 30!
The workplace has changed – and it will continue to evolve. With dynamism at the heart of clients’ requirements, architects and designers at leading practices such as Elenberg Fraser are using and recommending Herman Miller’s OE1 products for the future workplace.
A major highlight in SEEK’s new headquarters by Hassell is Josh Carmody’s bespoke table collections which fill the halls with a local touch of handcrafted brilliance. Here’s the full story.
You saw it here first: Adam Goodrum’s colourful Scandi-Australian aesthetic has seen his designs take off around the world, and his latest work for Louis Vuitton is out of this world.
Respected nationally and internationally, Susan Cohn merges art, craft and design. She designs for Alessi, creates commission work and delights in the expression of street-culture and its interplay with technology. Yet she enjoys the long traditions of gold- and silversmithing, is inspired by the rituals and connections of everyday life and proudly calls herself a craftsperson. Where is Susan Cohn coming from?
Designed by Ripe Interiors, this new product incorporates all the best features that make up a functional, aesthetic workstation. A clean, modern styled system, Fresh is ideal for both the high density office environment and the more casual office. Fresh is flexible, offering multiple variations of size, shape and finishes. Available with sliver or white […]
The internet never sleeps! Here's the stuff you might have missed
With a concept that is at once strikingly new and yet familiar, Lifesize Plans offers a different angle on design. Whether it’s in the process or finished product, projecting plans at real-life scale for people to walk through is an idea with potentially far-reaching consequences.
What makes Italian brand Tacchini so magical? Stylecraft with Tacchini shared some of this magic at four intimate events in Sydney and Melbourne… here’s what we experienced.
Beauty meets performance in Bromic Heating’s outdoor heating solutions. In fact they make a space look – and feel – so good, you never want to leave it.