14 June 2022 — Writing

Three questions with LUX Scotland

Photo of some of the LUX Scotland team stood outside with sandstone buildings in the background.
Photo: by Matthew A Williams of Marcus Jack, Eve Smith, Annie Crabtree, Kitty Anderson & David Upton

As summer takes foot across Scotland and Venice, and memories of spring fade into our individual and collective memory, we're back with the next instalment of our 'Three questions with...' series. In conversation with Kitty Anderson, Director at LUX Scotland, we explore how working with Alberta and the process of co-creation cements a powerful thread of togetherness in deep dive (pause) uncoiling memory. Read more

24 May 2022 — Writing

What if…?/Dundee – what happened next?

A group of people standing in a square in front of a low rise building
Citizens of Dundee working with Architects for What if…?/Scotland (Image by Lydia Smith)

Dundee did not appear on the original list of five geographical targets for the ‘What If…?/Scotland’ project. However, when the decision was taken to exhibit the results at the V&A Dundee (instead of the Venice Architecture Biennale, which had been the original, pre-covid, plan), the city was added as a sixth location. Read more

29 April 2022 — Writing

Three questions with Dovecot Studios

As the world enters into the space that is deep dive (pause) uncoiling memory, we're back from the most triumphant opening week in Venice and enjoying moments of reflection and deep thought on this historic work by Alberta Whittle. Read more

20 April 2022 — Writing

deep dive (pause) uncoiling memory – accompanying writing

An illustration of a hand holding shells in front of a diamond pattern sits alongside a poem by Alberta Whittle, entitled Looking the snare in the eye. It says "I We are falling now. Falling through time, whirling. Dancing, Jack-knifing. And twisting until the chain pulls tight and I cannot breathe. Stop. Listen to your heart. I want you to know you are safe in my deep, even when you didn't dare hope that I would exist (some day), You are safe, even when you looked death in the eye. But now you are ashes beneath the soil, in the sand, in mud, with the worms that wringgle and eat and shit and fuck and WREAK! Retracing steps worn away by time, I look fo refuge in shorelines but find routes no longer open. Instead I see carcasses of wooden ships wreaked and spent on the horizon. Not welcome. No welcome here. Adorning myself in dazzle, I step into the water."
An excerpt from the publication by Alberta Whittle

deep dive (pause) uncoiling memory is an exhibition by artist Alberta Whittle commissioned on the occasion of the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, by the Scotland + Venice partnership. Read more

21 March 2022 — Writing

What if…?/Paisley – What happened next?

A group of 11 people stand in a line in front of a concrete building. The person on the left is in a wheelchair
The group of citizens, designers and architects who worked together in Paisley to explore how we will live today as part of as part of What if…?/Scotland. Image Courtesy of 7N

When the ‘What If…’ project arrived in Paisley, many of the conversations between citizens and architects focussed on the theme of gathering. “It’s very much in the DNA of the place to assemble,” says Stuart McMillan, Regeneration and Place Manager, Economy and Development, with Renfrewshire Council. Read more

22 February 2022 — Writing

What if…?/Annan – what happened next?

A group of people walk in a street holding pieces of paper. There is a red and black poster on a brick wall with the words Che Burns.
Annan Research (Photo by Bash Art Creative) including work of Beautiful Materials.

A LOT of water has passed down the river Annan since the Dumfriesshire town it gave its name to was a hub of Victorian commerce. Now, the relics of a more prosperous past can feel like a burden to a community thinking about regeneration. Read more

16 February 2022 — Writing

What if…?/Wester Hailes – what happened next?

Two people sit at a table sketching on a large piece of paper. There is a person with a video camera in the background, and a large map pinned to the wall.
Eunice Main, Wester Hailes and Ian Gilzean, Scotland’s Chief Architect, worked together in early 2020 to add their hopes, wishes and ideas for Wester Hailes to What if…?/Scotland (Image by 7N Architects)

WHEN the citizens of Wester Hailes were asked about their wishes for their community in ‘What If…? Scotland’, discussions frequently came back to the same building, a derelict petrol station opposite the main shopping centre. Read more

17 December 2021 — Writing

Reflections on What if …?/Scotland

A man holds a post card standing in a "cloud" of white cards suspended from strings in a dark room.
Eoin Maguire explores the Cloud of Dreams at V&A Dundee. Photo by Neil Hanna photography.

When the 2020 International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Biennale was postponed until 2021, projects around the world were forced to go back to the drawing board, Susan Mansfield writes. In Scotland, the Scotland + Venice Partnership had commissioned the ‘What If…? 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

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