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Venice Architecture Biennale line-up confirmed

May 28 2012

Venice Architecture Biennale line-up confirmed
Glasgow based Do Architecture, GRAS, Stone Opera and Pidgin Perfect have been confirmed by the Scottish Government as participants in this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale.

Chosen for their unconventional ways of working each practice will showcase a range of cutting edge ideas and approaches to architecture which have emerged in Scotland over recent years.

Held this September the showcase incorporates a number of events and activities based around the theme of Common Ground and will focus on the application of new technology, collaborative working and engaging community groups and young people in the design process.

Culture Secretary, Fiona Hyslop said: “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.”

Chair of the expert panel that selected the four practices, Reiach & Hall’s Neil Gillespie said:  "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 Biennale line-up comes ahead of the publication of a new architecture and placemaking policy following a consultation process backed by Architecture + Design Scotland.

A+DS will be launching Input and Ideas: Rethinking Scotland’s Policy on Architecture and Place tomorrow at the Lighthouse.


young and hip
#1 Posted by young and hip on 30 May 2012 at 13:21 PM
That's not how you spell pidgeon!!!! twitts
younger and hipper
#2 Posted by younger and hipper on 30 May 2012 at 13:53 PM
@young and hip - that's not how you spell pigeon
Late twenties and totally not hip
#3 Posted by Late twenties and totally not hip on 30 May 2012 at 14:11 PM
@young and hip - that's not how you spell twits...

Also, the article is actually correct, their company is indeed called Pidgin Perfect. Check their website:
#4 Posted by Despero on 30 May 2012 at 16:05 PM
I'm surprised Glasgow based Bullsh*t Architects were not selected as well?

'...a range of cutting edge ideas and approaches to architecture which have emerged in Scotland over recent years.'

Really, have I missed something?

And who exactly was on this expert panel, and what was the criteria for selection?

I have no real wish to decry the selected practices - Good luck to you all - but Scottish architecture has little enough opportunity for international exposure, is this really the best way of exploiting and promoting our collective talent?

Walt Disney
#5 Posted by Walt Disney on 6 Jun 2012 at 13:30 PM
Jeez I'm getting old! I used to think that architecture was all about designing buildings. Its obviously transformed into something about collages, manifestos and multimedia experience.

I'm getting out of this game before people start laughing at my flares and elegant eaves detail.

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