StudentsEilish Camplisson Theodore Shack Robert Colvin Lucia Uriarte Iga Swiercz
Partner OrganisationsUniversity of Dundee Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Glasgow School of Art Robert Gordon University Strathclyde University
Five students from five Scottish universities were selected to work at The Happenstance in 2018 at the 16th Annual Venice Architecture Biennale where they worked at the exhibition and carried out their own research. A relationship was established with the students working at the British Pavilion to strengthen UK partnerships, share learning and develop collaborative opportunities. The five students who took part played a key part in The Happenstance. The programme offered self-led research, professional development opportunities and a time of exceptional experiences.
I am mapping each person who visits the space by asking them where they are from and how they got here, e.g. the route the took through the city. I am using several maps which they add to the personal information too. Read more
“I would like to do a public exhibition of main 5 people I would interview, followed by drawings and stories with small publication gathering everything in a smaller format. I would like to create an abstract model of all the spaces that shaped the person as a very private and truly architectural portrait of them.” […] Read more
“Conversations with locals and exhibition visitors have allowed to understand the importance of memory and the great amount of stories that take place within the urban fabric. Although the topic has remained fairly similar, the past weeks have allowed for further development and understanding on: the kind of stories, how they may be collected, and how they may take form. Read more
An investigation into the rules behind the games at Happenstance, the rigour that a free space demands and the efficacy of anti-curation. “Since arriving in Venice, I have been immersed in the processes and philosophy underlying the Happenstance. Read more
The proposed research aims to construct new tools for observing, recording and experiencing the relationship between architecture and place. Developing beyond a simplified representation of locale, this research seeks to examine the role of architecture and environment in the choreography of daily life. Read more