RMIT University staff and alumni have dominated the Augmented Australia exhibition selection for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.
Six out of the 11 architectural practices selected are directed by either staff, alumni or current PhD researchers from RMIT.
The practices include ARM Architecture, Tessellate a+d, Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects, m3architecture, Lyons and MvS Architects.
Associate Professor Vivian Mitsogianni, Deputy Dean and Head of Architecture in RMIT’s School of Architecture of Design, said: “We are extremely proud that the RMIT community of practitioners feature so prominently in this Biennale.
"RMIT Architecture distinguishes itself through ideas-led venturous design experimentation and exploration.
"The RMIT practitioners selected all consider the possibilities for architecture and our cities through the design of speculative and projective projects that seek to extend and challenge our understanding of what architecture is and could be."
The contemporary unbuilt Augmented Australia exhibition will be brought to virtual life using three-dimensional augmented models, images, voice-overs and animations.
The exhibition will also include ten historical unbuilt projects, to be unveiled at the Vernissage in 2014.
The creative directors of Augmented Australia put a call-out to Australian practices for contemporary unbuilt projects in 2013 and received an overwhelming diversity of submissions.
Selected projects include an inner-city cathedral, an outback visitors’ centre, a treetop protest shelter and a sustainable "second skin" for commercial towers.
The 14th International Architecture Exhibition, directed by Rem Koolhaas, will be held from 7 June to 23 November in Venice.
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