Supermanoeuvre: Formations

Iain Maxwell, David Pigram

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Formations: New Practices in Australian Architecture focused on the role of practice organisations as a constituent precondition to innovative and unique architectural outcomes, challenging the narrow disciplinary definition of architecture as a practice linked to building outcomes only. It contributed to international scholarship on the question of agency in design, disciplinary relevance and professional definition.

This exhibition is considered a major international contribution to the field, identifying 32 examples of ‘non-standard’ practice, six of which were developed towards exhibition in a site-specific installation in Venice. As one of those six selective models of innovative practice, Supermanoeuvre demonstrates the unique potentials of a research-led design practice that straddles practice, research and teaching.

This project was exhibited at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, which is internationally regarded as the premier venue for architectural curation and exhibition. Australia is one of only 29 countries to be represented through a dedicated pavilion in the Giardini.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFormations
Subtitle of host publicationNew Practices in Australian Architecture, 13th International Architecture Biennale
EditorsAnthony Burke, Gerard Reimuth
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAustralian Institute of Architects
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780646576770
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


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