Dates:
Fri, 27-Sat, 28 May 2022
Venue:

What does the future of our place look like?

What if you could change it?

Both are open questions that can stimulate discussion, debate, creative thinking and positive change. It is vital that conversations and participation are priorities when we design our collective future.

Created by 7N Architects and commissioned by the Scotland+ Venice partnership, What if…?/Scotland showed just what can happen when designers and residents come together to plan a better future for the places they call home.

Citizens from all over Scotland Wester Hailes in Edinburgh, Paisley in Renfrewshire, Annan in Dumfries and Galloway, Elgin in Morayshire and Lerwick in Shetland were invited to work together with designers, architects and artists.

Each of the 25 citizens were asked how they would like their places to be changed for the better with open questions like: “How will we live together?”, “What does the future of your place look like?”, and “What if you could change it?”  This encouraged collaborative thinking between designers and communities. The designers used these as prompts to explore imaginative solutions to the challenges facing the community responding visually with an idea: a “What if…”.

Presented will be the five proposals developed with Lerwick citizens and films made by Bash Art Creative:

 11:00 – 13:50 Lerwick, Shetland - 17 mins (shown on a loop) 

 13:50 Lerwick, Shetland - 17 mins 

Elgin, Morayshire - 15 mins 

Paisley, Renfrewshire - 17 mins 

Wester Hailes, Edinburgh - 13 mins 

Annan, Dumfries and Galloway - 17 mins 

 15:10 – 18:35 Lerwick, Shetland - 17 mins (shown on a loop) 

 18:35 Lerwick, Shetland - 17 mins 

Elgin, Morayshire - 15 mins 

Paisley, Renfrewshire - 17 mins 

Wester Hailes, Edinburgh - 13 mins 

Annan, Dumfries and Galloway - 17 mins 

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  • What if was designed to be staged in Venice as part of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition. Due to the pandemic the exhibition was restaged at the V&A Dundee in 2021.
  • For more information on What if…?/Scotland
  • Image: Proposal a coastal walk and shared multi-functional sheds and reception point from citizen Jim Anderson and Thomas Hamilton, Hoskins Architects