Conversation with Justin McGuirk

By ABC By Design

Image: (Image courtesy Justin McGuirk)

Justin McGuirk, UK-based curator and writer, and Swiss-based Urban Think Tank have just won the Golden Lion Award at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale. Their winning project really challenges the role of architecture. Their installation is about a community living in a vertical slum in Caracas, Venezuela, and it asks us to consider why the poor should live in slums if there are empty offices in the city.

Justin McGuirk
Writer and Designer

10 October 2012


ABC Radio National’s By Design is a program about how we shape our world - a vibrant show about people and the things that surround us.
From the cities and buildings we live in to the cars we drive and clothes we wear, the program deals with architecture and material culture, the politics of the built environment and design - all through the prism of our daily lives.
It explains how, through the creative process, human ideas take on tangible form and designers reinvent the world to keep pace with its changing needs and desires, lifting the quality of our lives.
The program explores how design -- the way things look, feel and function -- reflects social change; what the decisions we make as consumers of architecture and everyday objects tell us about who we are.