An Alice Springs architectural practice has been included in the Australian display for the 2012 International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale in Italy.
Tangentyere Design – Tangentyere Council’s architecture enterprise – was selected from among more than 100 architects.
“It’s an honour to have our approach to architectural design and our Aboriginal-owned practice recognised on the world stage,” said Andrew Broffman, senior architect of the practice.
Mr Broffman was in Sydney on Tuesday for the launch of the Australian exhibition by Janet Holmes a Court, the commissioner and patron of the Venice Architecture Biennale.
The Biennale is one of the most important events on the International contemporary architecture calendar. Thousands of architects, designers, planners and critics visit the Biennale, in addition to the thousands of tourists. Over 93,000 people visited the Australian pavilion at the 2010 Architecture Biennale.
The theme of this year’s Australian display is Formations: New Practices in Australian Architecture. Tangentyere Design’s work is one of 33 practices featured in Australia’s exhibition catalogue.
Tangentyere Design was selected on the basis of its unique ‘practice formation’. As a not-for-profit, Aboriginal-owned social enterprise, Tangentyere Design works within a complex policy environment on a range of projects for Indigenous Australians living in remote and urban locations.
Tangentyere Design has in the past won major awards for its designs of the Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Culture Centre in Tennant Creek and the Lolly Houses in Yuendumu. Most recently Tangentyere Design accepted the NT Indigenous Community Architecture Award at the 2011 Northern Territory Architecture Awards for its design of the Kiwirrkurra Arts Centre.
The exhibition opens in Venice, Italy on 29 August and runs until 25 November.
Pictured above: One of Tangentyere Design’s buildings, the Centre for Appropriate Technology, located in the Desert Knowledge precinct in Alice. The exhibition in which Tangentyere Design features is focussed more on the nature of the practice – the kind of work that’s done, the locations, the clients – than on the buildings.
Source: Media release by Tangentyere Design.