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Scottish Venice Architecture Biennale line-up revealed

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Glaswegian outfits Do Architecture, GRAS design studio, Stone Opera and Pidgin Perfect have been chosen to represent Scotland at this summer’s Venice Architecture Biennale

The four studios are currently working up plans for a series of events which will engage with communities during the three month-long global architecture festival.

Their ‘Common Ground’ programme of events will highlight unconventional ways of working, including using new technology to provide fresh perspectives on place, collaborative working and working with community groups and young people to develop design practice.

Scottish culture secretary, Fiona Hyslop said: ‘Good architecture and design is important to Scotland.  Our architecture and design industry generates around £1.3 billion per year for our economy. Well designed buildings and places strengthen our communities that help people to fulfil their potential in business and society - as well as enriching our lives.

‘It is particularly appropriate, in the Year of Creative Scotland, that four emerging practices demonstrating innovative and creative solutions and ideas have been selected by an expert panel to provide Scotland’s contribution to what is now the most important architecture event in the world.

‘Scotland is a creative nation and a place of ideas and our presence at the Venice Biennale emphasises the importance both of what we can learn from abroad and what Scotland can offer internationally.’

Neil Gillespie of Reiach & Hall Architects – who chaired the panel that selected the four practices –added:  ‘Scotland’s presence is entirely focused on the energies of a group of architects. Each represents an approach to practice that explores the nature of architectural practice itself not necessarily an exploration of architecture.

‘Scotland’s contribution is bound up in the idea of the provisional, the marginal The sense is that architecture may in time come from these new voices but at the moment their intention is to observe and provoke.’

The project is supported by the Scottish Government, Creative Scotland and the British Council.

In 2010, Scottish arts charity NVA’s project to rescue the crumbling ruin of Gillespie, Kidd & Coia’s 1966 St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross was presented at the biennale.

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