australian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 australian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010
apr 07, 2010

australian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010

‘now + when australian urbanism’   the australian pavilion, venice architecture biennale 29 august – 28 november 2010

‘loop-pool/saturation city’ by mc gauran giannini soon (MGS), bild + dyskors and material thinking

the final selection of entries from the national ‘designs for australia’s cities 2050+’ competition has been announced and will be exhibited in the australian pavilion at the venice architecture biennale 2010.

australia is one of the most urbanized continents on earth, with 93% of people living in cities. the 17 selected proposals are visions of australia, depicting cities 40+ years in the future. these architectural ideas comment profoundly on urban density and sprawl and will act as a catalyst for debate.

‘sydney 2050: fraying ground’, rag urbanism

the proposals at the ‘now + when australian urbanism’ show will be presented in two-parts. the ‘now’ element will highlight six of australia’s most interesting urban and anti-urban regions as they are, before dramatically representing the recently selected, futuristic urban environments from the competition imagining ‘when’ we reach 2050 and beyond.

‘mould city’, colony collective

‘now + when australian urbanism’ will be exhibited on a 3d stereoscopic technology which invites visitors to move around these urban scenes and experience the urbanized worlds from different perspectives. a total of 17 proposals were chosen from a shortlist of 24 selected from 129 competition submissions.

the competition was intended to liberate architects from planning and design constraints to encourage hypothetic visions. shortlisted ideas range greatly in their proposals. examples include suggestions for new cities housing between 50,000-100,000 people in current desert areas to address australia’s expected population growth. others suggest the construction of cities in which urban development is concentrated in ‘peripheral’ areas, such as large landholdings on university campuses and ‘big box’ shopping centers to establish a series of interlinked, self-sustaining districts dispersed along a transport ring.

‘ocean city’, arup biomimetics

some of the final entries to be showcased include ‘ocean city’ by arup biomimetics. it is a proposed underwater city, syph, spawned from the rising interest in biomimetic practices and materials in the advent of climate change. here the migration of the australian population from land to sea due to the sky-rocketing value of disappearing land, provides an opportunity to develop a new cityscape. the design features a collection of specialized organisms or pods. some pods are energy producers, some industrial, and others are used for sustainable farming and food production.

‘the fear free city’, justina karakiewicz, tom kvan and steve hatzellis

‘the fear free city’ is a future city, free from the fear of crime and antisocial behaviour, where many open spaces and all local amenities are within walking distance. free from commuting, people enjoy more recreational time. movement is not limited to ground level, but happens at all levels allowing for extensive views of the city and surrounding country side.

‘the fear free city’ by justina karakiewicz, tom kvan and steve hatzellis.

the design for ‘island proposition 2100’ seeks to capture hyper-connectivity of urban city life. the ip2100 spine contains a system of hybrid infrastructures, which will link future urban centres and their territories. the spine will transport people and goods using magnetic levitation (maglev) technology, carry energy, water and agriculture goods, convert ‘waste’ to resources, and provide living, industrial, and commercial spaces along the network. the linear axis will minimize sprawl and concentrate growth along its route, significantly reducing the time and pollution of current travel.

‘island proposition 2100 (ip2100)’,  scott lloyd, aaron roberts (room11) and katrina stoll

‘terra form australis’, hassel, holopoint & the environment institute

‘terra form australis’ is a massive landscape intervention that proposes the construction of a channel from australia’s lake torrens onto lake eyre. the high levels of inland evaporation drives a continual flow of water, generating hydro power. dry inland air becomes super-saturated as evaporation is carried on prevailing winds to the traditional ‘food bowl’ of the east coast, thus, restoring rainfall.

the new inland sea supports aquaculture, recreation and lifestyle. built around this inverted coast, new sustainable cities are powered by 100% renewable energy, delivered at the site for optimal efficiency. clean energy generation supplants current coal-based energy supplies including tidal, ocean thermal energy conversion, geothermal/hot rocks, solar towers, and nuclear power.

‘a city of hope’, edmond & corrigan

‘sedimentary city’, brit andresen and mara francis

‘aquatown’, NH architecture with andrew mackenzie

‘aquatown’, NH architecture with andrew mackenzie

‘multiplicity’, john wardle architects & stefano boscutti

‘-41+41’, peck dunin simpson architects

‘a tale of two cities’, billard leece partnership pty ltd

  • A lot of pretty images, not addressing most of the issues cities will have to deal within the next 50/100 years. With this exhibit, Australia will reinforce it’s image of a beautiful country in which people live happilly without thinking too much.

    Aligator says:
  • amazing stuff…but I agree it’s purely provocative.

    by the way: ‘island proposition 2100 (ip2100)’ is actually a copy of Le Corbusier’s Plan Obus for Algeris (1933)

    a.d.k.v says:
  • Too much time rendering, not enough designing.

    khchi says:
  • Crappy images, crappy designs. It just seems that people’re more interested in creating 3D-rendered images on computer programs rather than creating good architecture with real buildings, real problems, real solutions.

    Boo hoo says:

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