Australia Council plays it safe with DCM

Last week we saw the announcement that all architects had been waiting for – who would be the architect of the new Australia pavilion at the Venice Biennale and lo and behold the Australia Council played it safe by choosing to go with Denton Corker Marshall.

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Listing from one list to another

The team behind Australian pavilion’s 2010 Venice Biennale today come up with a shortlist of teams for inclusion in their NOW + WHEN exhibition. The list below features no real surprises but at twenty-four it can hardly be called a shortlist.

  • Richard Goodwin, Art/Architecture, TERRIOR, Andrew Benjamin, Ingo Kumic, Dan Hill, Sydney 2050: Fraying Ground
  • Steve Whitford, University of Melbourne, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning + James Brearley BAU Brearley Architects and Urbanists, Adjunct Professor RMIT, Symbiotic City
  • Justyna Karakiewicz, Thomas Kvan and Steve Hatzellis, Urban Life Without Fear
  • Edmond & Corrigan, A Future Australian City
  • Colony Architects, Mould City
  • Brit Andresen and Mara Francis, Sedimentary City
  • NH Architecture with Andrew Mackenzie, Not all Arrows hit the Target
  • John Wardle Architects & Stefano Boscutti, Multiple Cities
  • Alanna Howe, Alexander Hespe (ARUP), biomimetic city
  • PDJ Architects, Fiona Dunin, Alex Peck, Martina Johnson, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Woodhead, Dr. Doris McIIwain, Ross Honeywill, Greer Honeywill, Love and Movement
  • A collaboration between BKK Architects, Village Well, Charter Keck Kramer, Survival vs Resilience
  • HASSELL, Professor Mike Young (University of Adelaide) & Holopoint, Food for Thought: e-agora 2059.
  • Michael Lewarne + Tom Rivard in association with house of Laudanum, Dr Lian Loke & Dr Anne Arquit Neiderberger
  • ARUP, Cities of Resilience in the wake of Climate Change
  • Room 11 + Scott Lloyd and Katrina Stoll, Island Proposition 2100
  • Lacoste + Stevenson Architects, Six Degrees Architects, FROST Design
  • Harrison and White with Nano Langenheim, Implementing the Rhetoric
  • Ben Statkys (Statkus Architecture), Daniel Agdag, Melanie Etchell, William Golding, Anna Nguyen, Joel Ng, How Does it Make Your Feel?
  • McGauran Giannini Soon (MGS), Bild + Dyskors, Material Thinking
  • Billard Leece Partnership, A Tale of Two Cities 2100
  • Innovarchi, The Mangrove occupying the Now and WHEN of the waters edge
  • Design Research Institute RMIT (CRI) + Minifie Nixon Architects MNA, Cloudnets
  • Dr. Beth George, A. Professor Jon Tarry, A. Professor Rene Van Meeuwen, Speciation City

Speaking of lists, The Guardian has come up with its list of what it considers to be the top ten buildings of the decade. It’s a very British-centric list and is rather uninspiring although my favourite of this list is the European Southern Observatory Hotel by Auer and Weber, partly because I am an unashamed latinophile.

  • Millennium Dome, London by the Richard Rogers Partnership and engineers Buro Happold
  • Blur, Expo 02, Yverdon-les-Bains, 2002 by Diller + Scofidio
  • Serpentine Pavilion, London, 2002 by Toyo Ito
  • 30 St Mary Axe, London, 2003 by Norman Foster (aka The Gherkin)
  • European Southern Observatory Hotel, Cerro Paranal, Chile, 2003 by Auer and Weber
  • Beijing National Stadium, Beijing, 2008 by Herzog and de Meuron
  • St Pancras Station, London, 2007 by Alastair Lansley
  • Le Viaduc de Millau, Aveyron, 2004 by Michel Virlogeux and Norman Foster
  • Neues Museum, Berlin, 2009 by David Chipperfield
  • Burj Dubai by SOM

It must be the season for the lists as The Age’s (melbourne) magazine compiled its list of Melbourne’s most influential people. Nik Karalis, Hamish Lyon and Denton Corker Marshall all made the list under the Society category under innovation.

A Broadway show[case]

Finally the good people in charge of the UTS Broadway Design Competition  have seen it in their wisdom to let the general public have a more detailed look at the winning scheme by  Denton Corker Marshall. There also is the chance to look at the other shortlisted entries along with most of the Stage 1 Concepts that were submitted. My only complaint is that all the images are really low resolution so you can’t get a real good look at all the schemes although the use of timber behind glass seems to be a common theme in the shortlisted entries.