August 2014

Arts & Letters

Virtually pointless

By David Neustein
At the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, ‘Augmented Australia’ fails to impress

David Neustein

David Neustein is The Monthly’s architecture critic.

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The 'Augmented Australia' app in action. © Alexander Mayes Photography

August 2014

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