now + when: australian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010
now + when: australian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010 now + when: australian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010
sep 12, 2010

now + when: australian pavilion at venice architecture biennale 2010

‘now and when: australian urbanism’ at the 12th international architecture biennale in venice, italy image courtesy of nowandwhen2010



‘now and when: australian urbanism’ is the country’s official pavilion at this year’s la bienale di venezia, curated by japanese architect kazuyo sejima. the exhibition, headed by directors ivan rijavec and john gollings, aims to showcase australian architectural thinking and culture by looking into potential designs of a future australian city in 2050 and beyond.


composed of two projection rooms, the pavilion divides the ‘now’ and ‘when’ aspect of the exhibition into two separate levels: on the upper level, ‘now’ focuses on prototypical urban narratives that apply to australian urbanism as a whole; ‘when’, screened on the lower level, utilizes 3D stereoscopic imaging to illustrate urban futures for the continent. these latter images and ideas were the result of a nationwide competition held earlier this year which called for designs that were free of current planning regulations, economic and political expediency. the winning 17 proposals encourage architecture’s capacity as an urban art form, exploring a wide range of approach and philosophy for the future. the three-minute looped films can be observed from 3D glasses, which hang in a line from the ceiling.


to read more about the featured design proposals, click here.

entrance image © designboom

lower level projection space image © designboom

audience image courtesy nowandwhen2010

(left) stairs leading down to projecting area image courtesy nowandwhen2010 (right) screen with hanging 3D glasses image © designboom

exterior shot of exhibition space image © designboom

video of the exhibition

creative directors of ‘now and when’, john gollings (left) and ivan rijavec (right) image courtesy nowandwhen2010


teams contributing to the exhibition:

‘sydney 2050: fraying ground’ – rag urbanism, richard goodwin, andrew benjamin, gerard reinmuth

‘symbiotic city’ – steve whitford, james brearley

‘the fear free city’ – justyna karakiewicz, tom kvan, steve hatzellis

‘a city of hope’ – edmond & corrigan, michael spooner

‘mould city’ – colony collective, madelein beech, jono brener, nicola dovey, peter raisbech, simon wollan

‘sedimentary city’ – brit andresen and mara francis

‘aquatown’ – NH architecture with andrew mackenzie

‘multiplicity’ – john wardle architects, stefano boscutti

‘ocean city’ – arup, alanna howe, alexander hespe

‘-41 + 41’ – fiona dunin, alex peck, andrew smpsons, martina johnson, third skin, eckersley garden architecture, angus mcintyre, tim kreger

‘survival vs. resilience’ – tim black, julian kosloff, simon knott, george huon, julian faelli, madeleine beech, jane caught, steffan heath, village well, charter cramer, daniel piker

‘terra form australia’ – HASSELL, holopoint & the environment institute, tim horton, tony grist, prof. mike young, ben kilsby, sharon mackay, susie nicolai, mike mouritz

‘island proposition 2100 (IP2100)’ – scott lloyd, aaron roberts, katrina stoll

‘implementing the rhetoric’ – harrison and white with nano langenheim, marcus white, stuart harrision

‘how does it make you feel (HDIMYF)’ – ben statkus, daniel agdag, melanie etchell, william golding, anna nguyen, joel ng

‘loop-pool / saturation city’ – eli giannini, jocelyn chiew, catherine ranger, ben milhourne, edmund carter, paul carter

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

commissioner: janet holmes à court co-creative directors: john gollings and ivan rijavec 2010 venice biennale committee: geoffrey london, howard tanner, karl fender, brian zulaikha, rachel neeson, ross clark, prof. philip goad, prof. annabelle pegrum design: design by pidgeon 3D visualisation: floodslicer sound engineers: nick murray, carl anderson



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