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Emerging Glasgow stars create structure for Scotland’s Venice show

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Glasgow’s Baxendale Architects is to build a structure in the garden of the Palazzo Zenobio as part of the Scottish showing for this year’s Venice Biennale

The practice’s directors, Lee Ivett and Ambrose Gillick, will create the building to host ideas, literature, debate and events during the Happenstance – the wider banner for all of Scotland’s activities in Venice.

Happenstance will bring together artists and architects to work with young people across Scotland to discover what ‘freespace’ – the theme of the Biennale – means to them and their communities.

The Happenstance project aims to present examples of creativity in Scotland’s built environment and how the public has benefited.

A ‘living library of ideas’ will be taken to Venice from 26 May to 25 November.

The initiative is supported and promoted by the Scotland + Venice partnership, made up of the Scottish government, Architecture and Design Scotland, Creative Scotland, the British Council and the Year of Young People/Young Scot.

Glasgow-based art organisation WAVEparticle is working with a team including architects from Fergus Purdie Architects, Baxendale, Austin-Smith:Lord and Stallan-Brand.

Peter McCaughey of WAVEparticle said: ‘At the heart of the project is the possibility for young people to reoccupy and improve public places and spaces. In parallel, the project encourages everyone into a vital relationship with the built environment, using play as an active agent within the process of rethinking and reclaiming freespace.’

Scottish culture secretary Fiona Hyslop said: The Scottish government is pleased to support Scotland’s participation as a collateral event in the Biennale Architettura 2018.

‘Our presence at this year’s Biennale Architettura offers a special opportunity during Scotland’s Year of Young People to demonstrate how our country’s young people can contribute to ideas at the most prestigious architecture event in the world.’

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