19 November 2021 — News

What if…?/ Scotland: 10,000 Scottish gallery-goers ‘wishes’ for a better Scotland revealed

A young woman with dark hair rests on a black wishing well with a golden circle around her head. Her eyes are closed and she holds a card with the words I wish on her chest.
Amanie Ahmed from Dundee, who contributed to the What if…?/Scotland exhibition makes a wish at the Wishing Well. Image by Neil Hanna Photography

The award-winning exhibition What if…?/Scotland comes to an end at the V&A Dundee on Sunday 21st November, having collected over 10,000 wishes from the people of Scotland and beyond. Commissioned by the Scotland + Venice Partnership, and created by Edinburgh-based 7N Architects, What if…?/Scotland was originally designed as Scotland’s contribution to the 17th International Architecture Biennale in Venice, but due to the pandemic it was redesigned to go on to successfully show at V&A Dundee. Read more

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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

The final of our online public events, in collaboration with V&A Dundee, to support the Scotland + Venice exhibition What if...?/ Scotland, focuses on young people and climate change. Young people today are the generation that will be most affected by climate change. Read more

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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

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

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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 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

2 June 2021 — News

What if…?/Scotland – Exhibition Films

What if…?/Scotland films on show at the V+A Dundee (Image by Alan Richardson)

What if…?/Scotland worked with citizens, designers and architects to explore hopes and possibilities for their places asking about their wishes for their place. Reflective and immersive, the five films by Bash Art Creative, are now available online. Read more

21 May 2021 — News

What if…?/Scotland opens at V&A Dundee on 22 May

What If...?/Scotland, photo by Alan Richardson, Pix-Ar
What If…?/Scotland, photo by Alan Richardson, Pix-Ar

People from across Scotland will showcase their hopes, dreams and ideas for their local areas in a post-pandemic world at Scotland’s design museum. Since the beginning of 2020, 30 people of all ages, from Annan, Edinburgh, Elgin, Dundee, Lerwick and Paisley- have worked with designers, architects and artists to reflect on the place they call home for an exhibition opening this week at V&A Dundee. Read more