A Fragile Correspondence
The Scotland + Venice partnership has commissioned a creative team consisting of the Architecture Fringe, -ism and /other to develop new work. Their project, A Fragile Correspondence, is one of the collateral events for the 18th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.
Our existence relies on a close relationship with the landscapes that sustain us. Our understanding of the natural world around us is fragile. How can a closer relationship between land and language help architecture be more attuned to the environment in which it operates?
Our landscapes are constantly transmitting information if we choose to see and listen. By re-establishing our dialogue with the land, how can we value exchange over-extraction and equality over dominance? How can we create a more reciprocal connection with the land?
Highlighting cultures and languages that have a close affinity with the landscapes of Scotland, A Fragile Correspondence explores alternative perspectives and new approaches to the challenges of the worldwide climate emergency.
From the forests around Loch Ness, the seashore of the Orkney archipelago and the industrialised remnants of the Ravenscraig steelworks, the project takes us on a journey through three Scottish landscapes; the Highlands, Islands and Lowlands.
Writers, artists and architects, in correspondence with these landscapes, are exploring issues distinctly rooted in place, but with global relevance to the cultural, ecological and climatic issues that we face.
Language is powerful, and shapes how we understand the world around us. Through these creative explorations, and by proposing a new lexicon of terms and definitions, can we begin to imagine alternative ways of doing things? Can we see the potential in futures that sensitively work in correspondence with the land rather than simply upon it?
May 20 2023 to November 26 2023
Tuesday - Sunday
11:00 – 19:00
S. Pietro di Castello, 40, 30122
27 September 2023 — Writing
Maxwell Wilson formed part of the Professional Development Programme, during the summer. From Lhanbryde, Moray, he was a Stage 6 student at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture in Aberdeen, graduating in July. Read more
10 July 2023 — Writing
LET’S START with a word: opportunity. Scotland’s chance to participate in the Venice Architecture Biennale, the biggest and most prestigious festival of architecture in the world. In the canal-side venue used by the Scotland + Venice Partnership since 2019, close to the Biennale’s main spaces, the show is ideally placed to catch visitors from all over the world. Read more
27 June 2023 — News
The Scotland + Venice partnership has announced two selected proposals, responding to the open call for a creative promotional response to A Fragile Correspondence. The open call invited a range of creative responses to the themes of A Fragile Correspondence. Read more
17 May 2023 — News
A Fragile Correspondence exhibition opens at 18th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
Alyesha Choudhury, member of the curatorial team for Scotland + Venice commission ‘A Fragile Correspondence’, with birch trees from the Ravenscraig section of the exhibition in Venice. The exhibition opens to the public in Venice on Saturday 20 May. Read more
20 April 2023 — News
How can a closer relationship between land and language help architecture be more attuned to the environment in which it operates? Highlighting cultures and languages that have a close affinity with the landscapes of Scotland, A Fragile Correspondence explores alternative perspectives and new approaches to the challenges of the worldwide climate emergency. Read more
5 April 2023 — Architecture exhibition open call opportunity Scotland + Venice 2023
We are looking to commission a writer or creative of any medium to create a promotional response to the themes of A Fragile Correspondence, a collateral event for the 18th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia created by the Architecture Fringe, ism magazine and /other, and commissioned by the Scotland + Venice partnership. Read more
20 October 2022 — News
A creative team consisting of the Architecture Fringe, ism and /other has been invited to prepare a project for the International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in 2023
Commissioned by the Scotland + Venice Partnership The Scotland + Venice partnership is delighted to announce it has commissioned a creative team consisting of the Architecture Fringe, ism and /other to develop new work. Read more