Australian Pavilion Wins the Golden Bee at the XXII Triennale di Milano
The Australian Pavilion won the inaugural Golden Bee Award at the XXII Triennale di Milano. HDR participates in La Triennale di Milano as principal partner supporting the architectural design of the Australian Pavilion led by the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).
This year, for the first time in its history, the Triennale presented three participants with the Bee Awards. Selected by an international jury, the awards recognize ”the precision of their interpretation of the theme and the quality and relevance of the ideas they put forth.”
“We are so thrilled to have woken up to this news today,” said HDR Principal Susanne Pini. “This is what collaboration produces. The close collaboration between UTS and HDR was key to this success.”
Titled Teatro Della Terra Alienata (Theatre of the Alienated Land), the Australian Pavilion consolidates two years of research and pedagogical projects led by Architecture Lecturer Amaia Sanchez-Velasco, Jorge Valiente Oriol, Gonzalo Valiente and Miguel Rodriguez-Casellas, in collaboration with academics and students from the schools of Design, Architecture and Life Sciences at UTS.
“We are pleased to participate in a special forum such as the Triennale through this collaboration between HDR and UTS,” said HDR Associate Ines Benavente-Molina. “The Re-imagining the fate of the Great Barrier Reef installation demonstrates how architecture can go far beyond an orthodox collection of forms and typologies. It speaks volumes about the importance of our global commitment to the unbuilt environment.”
Triggered by Rowan Jacobsen’s seminal ”Obituary of the Great Barrier Reef,” the curatorial project employs a combination of cartographies, technological devices, design proposals and artworks, to explore design responses to current and future environmental and social challenges affecting the fate of the Great Barrier Reef.
“As a global firm, we have speculated that perhaps architects, like doctors, should be required to — under the first tenant of the Hippocratic Oath — ‘first do no harm’,” said Pini. “And this plays out no more dramatically than on the stage of the Great Barrier Reef, which requires architecture to not just politely sit, observe and then to remedy, but rather to cross geographic, sociopolitical and ecological boundaries to create possibilities of resilience and restoration.”
The XXII International Exhibition of La Triennale di Milano, titled Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival, runs from March 1 to September 1, 2019, and is curated by Paola Antonelli, senior curator of Architecture and Design and director of Research & Development at The Museum of Modern Art. Broken Nature reflects on the relationship between humans and environments at all scales — from the microbiome to the cosmos — including social, cultural and natural ecosystems.
“This is a rare opportunity to take part in a unique dialogue, one that goes beyond the confines of individual disciplines, circling emotions around scientific data, in a feedback loop of disruptive power,” said HDR Director Stefano Cottini.
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