Critical Dialogues - Scotland's entry to the Venice Biennale. Exhibition and book.

  • Jonathan Charley (Contributor)

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - To be assigned


This year’s Scottish contribution to the Venice Biennale, Critical Dialogues, showcases projects from four emerging practices that explore the social role of the architect and the creative boundaries of architecture, writes Jonathan Charley, Project Director, Scotland+Venice 2012. The full publication introducing the projects is available to download from the right hand menu on this page. Organised as a week long series of events within the public realm, the projects play with a series of popular themes that have their roots in the long history of alternative architectural and urban practice - the politics of community engagement, the ludic dimensions of architecture, the celebration of the architecture of everyday life and the investigation of different ways of seeing and mapping. As well as planning a sequence of actions that engage with overlooked and marginalised places and social organisations, each practice has developed a methodological ‘tool kit that is adaptable and playful so that in principle any one of the projects can be transferred and repeated in other urban locations. The Scottish entry is funded by the Scottish government. As we are not an independent country, Scotland, like Catalonia for the last ten years, has had its own independent presence outside of the Biennale, a bit like the original fringe festival in Edinburgh.
Period4 Sep 2012
Event titleVenice Biennale
Event typeExhibition
LocationVenice, Italy