Scotland + Venice 2021 for the 17th International Architecture Exhibition

22 May – 21 November 2021, V&A Dundee

What if…?/ Scotland

What if…?/Scotland responds to the Biennale’s theme How will we live together?, seeking to re-engage the civic role of architects and designers by asking citizens from across Scotland to share their hopes and dreams for the future of the places they call home. 7N paired 25 people from 5 places across Scotland with 25 designers, architects, and artists – to share their hopes and dreams for the future of the place where they live. The architects and designers then used these wishes to begin exploring imaginative ideas in response to the community challenges being faced.

About the Exhibition
Participants in Annan workshop, collaborating with Beautiful Materials to explore the High Street. Image by Bash Art Creative

7 April 2021 — Commission Announcement

Alberta Whittle

Commissioned by the Scotland + Venice Partnership On behalf of the Scotland + Venice partnership, Creative Scotland is delighted to announce that Alberta Whittle has been commissioned to develop new work which will be put forward to represent Scotland as a collateral event at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia at the Arsenale Docks, S. Read more

image: Alberta Whittle by Matthew A Williams

Event

What if…/ we reconsider how we will live together?, 21 October 2021 at 18:15

A brightly lit room with a tall structure in the middles, surrounded by green plants
© Cristiano Corte © British Council

Drawing on creative minds across the world, responses have been wildly different. The urgency of the question sparked ideas and made connections in unexpected and compelling ways. Join us to explore some of these responses, and to hear from some of the curators, architects and creatives that have responded to this year’s theme including the curators of The Garden of Privatised Delights, Entanglement, The Anthropocene Museum: Exhibit 3.0 Obsidian Rain, Lithuanian Space Agency Presents Planet of People and What if…?/Scotland. Read more

Event

What if…/ young people designed our future?, 18 November 2021 at 18:15

Two people stand on the banks of a canal holding a string of multi coloured bunting across the water.
Still from What if film from Wester Hailes by Bash Art Creative

Young people today are the generation that will be most affected by climate change. Across the world they are doing extraordinary things to challenge and change the way we live to save their future. Our built environments do not reflect the values - and critically the needs - of future generations. Read more

10 September 2021 — Writing

Inviting communities to think big

An illustrative image showing a close up of white postcards with handwritten notes with the words I wish written on a dark wall in the background
Credit: Alan Richardson.

This article by Ewan Anderson, 7N Architects, was originally published in Scotland on Sunday, 12 May 2021. Every two years, architects from countries all over the world exhibit thought-provoking ideas at the Venice Architecture Biennale, and it was a great honour for my practice, 7N Architects, to be commissioned by the Scotland + Venice partnership to represent Scotland in the latest edition of this global festival. Read more

Event

What if…?/ we lived in places of small distances, 30 September 2021 at 18:15

A group of people walk along a stone wall
Credit: Bash Art Creative

The need for redesigning how we live is not new. In the face of the climate crisis, more of us are trying to reduce our impact by living more locally, which in turn is helping communities connect and thrive. Read more

8 July 2021 — News

Fruitmarket unveils with a retrospective of Karla Black

New warehouse space at Fruitmarket. Karla Black : sculptures (2001–2021) details for a retrospective 07.07.21–24.10.21 Photo: Tom Nolan

Congratulations to Edinburgh's Fruitmarket which has reopened this week after a £4.3m redevelopment project to refresh its existing galleries and expand into the warehouse space next door. We are delighted that the Fruitmarket launches with a major retrospective exhibition of over 30 works, including some major new commissions, by renowned Scottish sculptor Karla Black. Read more

8 June 2021 — Writing

The civic role of architecture

A close up picture of a hand holding an orange pencil writing on a card. There is also a card with the words I Wish printed on the front.

At the opening of What if...?/Scotland on 21 May, President of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, Christina Gaiger gave these remarks, reflecting on the civic role of architecture and Scotland's architecture on the global stage.  I'd like to start off today by talking a little bit about the international recognition of Scottish architecture. Read more