A quick announcement to say that the team of Kate Rhodes (creative director of the State of Design Festival, on now in Melbourne), Justine Clarke (former editor of Architecture Australia) and myself have been shortlisted in the bid for the role of Creative Director of the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012.
Our scheme is titled Office for Opportunistic Architecture (or OOA, as in ‘ooh, aah’), and, well, that’s about as much as I can say about it for the moment… Winners will be announced in September and until then it’s top secret unfortunately. Needless to say we’re chuffed to get this far, but well aware that the real work still lies ahead. Especially as we’re up against an impressive array of thinkers and doers, wish us luck!
1. The Voyage/Voyeur
Creative team: Amelia McPhee & Andrew Maynard
2. Super Seed
Creative team: Jan van Schaik (Minifie van Schaik Architects), Cameron Bruhn (Architecture Media) & Andy Sargent (SouthSouthWest)
3. Practice Formations; Agency and Architecture.
Creative team: Gerard Reinmuth & Anthony Burke with TOKO (graphic design)
4. RISING INFLECTION. From here to there to here to here to there…….
Creative Team: Robert Grace, with team members Monique Vaute, Denise Neri, Richard Allan, Liz Stirling, Felicity D Scott, Esther Charlesworth, Joanna Goldstein, Warren Ellis, Labotorio Morsoletto, Linus Gruszewski
Interviews from Venice 2010
This seemed like an opportune moment to throw up some interviews I did at the Vernissage (that’s a snooty French word for exclusive preview) of the biennale last year. I’ve been sitting on these for almost 12 months, but with the speed of architecture, they’re still very much within their use-by date. Here’s a selection of the twelve I did in three days, completely hectic, but really great to meet all these people just wandering around Venice, like exotic beasts in an architectural zoo…
Interview with Momoyo Kajima – Atelier Bow Wow
Momoyo Kajima is a partner of the Japanese architecture firm Atelier Bow Wow. Her studio / house was featured in the Japanese pavilion as a huge 1:3 scale model, extending throughout the space. She discusses how this project fits into the theme of the Japanese pavilion, Tokyo Metabolizing.
Interview with DUS Architects
DUS are an Amsterdam-based architecture practice led by Hedwig Heinsman, Hans Vermeulen and Martine de Wit, best known for combining architecture with social experience through urban interventions. Their Gecekondu project, a temporary summer house / event space built in one night, was featured in the Vacant NL exhibit in the Dutch pavilion at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale.
Interview with Ross Lovegrove
Ross Lovegrove is a British industrial designer, increasingly working on building-scale projects. While not involved in any particular exhibit at the Venice Architecture Biennale, his chairs were everywhere.
Interview with Jeffrey Inaba
I spoke to him about the latest issue of Volume produced by C-Lab, Counterculture.
Interview with Fuad al Ansari
Dr. Fuad al Ansari is curator (with Noura Al Sayeh) of the exhibit Reclaim Bahrain, which was awarded the Golden Lion for Best National Participation at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale.
Interview with Ronald Rietveld and Saskia van Stein
Interview with Ivan Rijavec
Ivan Rijavec is a Melbourne-based architect, and curator with John Gollings of the exhibit Now and When at the Australian Pavilion as part of the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale. (And just by-the-by, Ivan gave me my first job in architecture, making models in his Fitzroy studio.)
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