What will Australia’s 2020 Venice exhibition be?

Three distinct proposals have been shortlisted for the Australia’s exhibition at the 2020 Venice Architecture Biennale.

The competing teams have submitted proposals that engage with the theme set by the curator of the biennale, Hashim Sarkis, titled “How will we live together?”

Sarkis asked participating nations to respond to the sub themes of the exhibition, such as inclusive social housing and connective urban tissue.

The biennale also asked participants to consider “elevating architecture, rather than promoting it; cooperating, rather than competing; focusing on solutions rather than the problems; geographies of inclusion, rather than exclusion; and highlighting the universality of unique experiences.”

The shortlisted entries are:

  • In | between by Tristan Wong, Jefa Greenaway, Elizabeth Grant, Tim Ross, Aaron Puls and Jordyn Milliken, which aims to “highlight the potential of architecture to build cultural understanding between first nations peoples and others with a focus on Australia and our Pacific Island neighbours.”
  • Raising Albedo: Cooling Cities Lawrence Nield, Andrea Nield, Joanna Best, James Grose, Mat Santamouris, John Gollings, Dr Banduk Marika, Alessandro Costa and David Pidgeon. This proposal “responds to the impacts of climate change by demonstrating heat mitigation strategies being used to reduce surface temperatures in Darwin by 15 degrees Celsius to reduce ambient temperature by a critical 2 degrees Celsius, a strategy that could make living in tropical cities more amenable, globally.”
  • Lastly, Project<Public, by Matthew Pullinger, Luca Belgiorno-Nettis, Brett Boardman, Annabel Crabb, Vince Frost and Neil Paul, which uses Sydney to explore the “idea of the citizen jury and how this might impact the design of our cities into the future through the live case-study being employed by the City of Sydney.”

Helen Lochhead, national president of the Australian Institute of Architects, “The range of entries we received for the prestigious creative directorship of the Australian Pavilion offered both original and compelling responses to next year’s theme. The depth of talent made the selection panel’s decision extremely difficult.

“These shortlisted entries each provided a vision that will highlight architecture’s role in creating solutions to social challenges, while contributing to a more inclusive and cooperative future.”

The selection panel comprises Lochhead; Institute CEO Julia Cambage; South Australia chapter president Tony Giannone; Caroline Butler-Bowdon, executive director of public spaces, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment; Isabelle Tolland, co-creative director of the 2016 Australian pavilion and director of Aileen Sage Architects.

The Institute will announce the winning proposal at events in Sydney and Melbourne on 15 and 16 October respectively.

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