Man About the House : The Pool Edition
Thanks to the generous support of Rosso, Austral Bricks and the Holman Family, we are super excited to be hosting a special edition of Rosso’s famous Man About the House event. With all ticket proceeds going towards The Pool project, don’t miss this rare opportunity to see inside this amazing Dover Heights home. Designed by Durbach Block Jaggers, this cliff-top house contains a complex series of fluid living spaces set within a meandering perimeter that arcs, folds and stretches in response to sun, landscape and views. And most importantly, an amazing pool!
A fun night where comedy and design collides, these shows will definitely sell out.
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Statement by the Creative Directors of The Pool
Alejandro Aravena announced as Architecture Biennale curator with Reporting from the Front
Alejandro Aravena, the overall creative director of the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale has called on the creative directors of each of the national pavilions to share stories of architecture ‘improving the places where life occurs’. His theme Reporting from the Front focuses on the social impacts of architectural endeavour. He has set up an agenda of the national exhibitions as places of exchange where we will report, acknowledge and communicate.
Recognisably Australian, The Pool is joyful, celebratory and accessible. It is also a setting for the sharing of stories, tales of personal and collective struggle, of community building and transformation and refusal of the status quo. Creating a pool as the focal point in the space, the exhibition will at first seduce the senses, but it will also capture the imagination and intellect of those who choose to dive deeper, as we have throughout our research and development process.
Through the device of the pool we have uncovered many stories and from these curated eight narratives, each about an aspect of Australian cultural identity and each shedding light on the sustainability of our social infrastructures. To tell these stories we have selected eight prominent cultural leaders from a variety of fields including literature, science, the arts, sport and music. These include Tim Flannery, Ian Thorpe, Romance was Born, Christos Tsiolkas, Anna Funder, Hetti Perkins, Dawn Fraser and Paul Kelly.
Their narratives move from the scale of the body to the scale of the continent and together they reveal the many powers of the pool; as a means to enable survival in an unforgiving landscape, to tame our environment, to provide spaces that facilitate a direct contact with nature, to create democratic social spaces, but also spaces for healing racial and cultural division. All are examples of the myriad meanings and impacts of the pool on Australian society.
Many of the stories reference places and projects of direct significance to Reporting from the Front. Others do so more obliquely, through a description of events, experiences, histories or memories. These collectively describe a powerful relationship between place and society, a relationship intrinsic to next year’s Biennale theme.
As the creative directors of the Australian exhibition we are proposing to step outside of architect-to-architect discourse to show how a familiar, common object, the pool, is in fact pregnant with cultural significance, it is both artifact and catalyst of change. Our vision portrays the architect as a synthesiser of different voices and perspectives, a facilitator and leveler that creates a platform for conversation between leaders and civil society.
The Pool is a prism that uncovers a vast commentary about Australia and its architecture, reaching out to those beyond the profession through a multitude of narratives that inform and define our cultural identity.
Aileen Sage with Michelle Tabet
15th International Architecture Exhibition – REPORTING FROM THE FRONT
The Board of la Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Barratta, met on 18 July and appointed Alejandro Aravena as Director of the Architecture Sector, to curate the 15th International Architecture Exhibition. With a long history of involvement in the Biennale, the Chilean architect is said to be ‘among architects of the new generation’.
“There are several battles that need to be won and several frontiers that need to be expanded in order to improve the quality of the built environment and consequently people’s quality of life. More and more people in the planet are in search for a decent place to live and the conditions to achieve it are becoming tougher and tougher by the hour. Any attempt to go beyond business as usual encounters huge resistance in the inertia of reality and any effort to tackle relevant issues has to overcome the increasing complexity of the world.” said Aravena.
“We would like this REPORT FROM THE FRONT not to be just the chronicle of a passive witness but a testimony of people that actually walk their talk. We would like to balance hope and rigor. The battle for a better built environment is neither a tantrum nor a romantic crusade. So, this report won’t be a mere denounce or complaint nor a harangue or an inspirational locker room speech.”
The la Biennale di Venezia also announced it’s decision to continue running the Architecture Biennale for six months, given the steady increment in the attendance. The official Vernissage will take place on 26 and 27 May 2016, with the Biennale opening to the public from 28 May to 27 November 2016.
Click here for more information regarding the Biennale and background on Aravena.