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Scotland to have a presence at 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale

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March 20 2008

It was announced today that Scotland is to have a dedicated presence at the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Organised by The Lighthouse, the presence will take the form of a specially designed ‘Gathering Space’, created by a Scottish-based practice, in which leading voices from architecture and design in Scotland will come together with internationally renowned figures for a programme of events, discussions and debates, including an debate, in association with the British Pavilion, looking at housing.

The Gathering Space will be a temporary installation located in one of the many busy piazzas in central Venice.

Nick Barley, director of The Lighthouse, said: “The Venice Biennale brings together the finest architectural minds in the world. It is an event where countries, large and small, show the world the quality and sophistication of their architects, architecture and ideas. For the Scottish presence this year we have decided to take a novel approach in line with the theme of the Biennale - Architecture Beyond Building.”

He continued: “The Gathering Space, aims to harness the buzz of the and boundless energy of the Biennale with a lively programme of events bringing together Scottish and international voices to stimulate debate, exchange ideas and address the key architectural issues facing the world today.”

The Scottish Government has awarded a grant of £75,000 towards The Gathering Space as part of a programme of initiatives aimed at showcasing contemporary Scotland in an international context.

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