Venice Biennale Architettura 2020. What If...? / Scotland
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Had everything gone to plan, the 7N team would be in Venice this weekend for the launch of our exhibition ‘What If…? / Scotland’ at the Venice Architecture Biennale. We would probably be gathered in a crowded canal side bar and taking a moment to collectively catch our breath before the public opening of the Biennale on Saturday and a six month run at the one of the world’s most prominent festivals of architecture.

But like many things this year, not everything has turned out quite as expected…

In a move that has felt increasingly likely for some time, earlier this week the Venice Biennale announced that this year’s exhibition – which had earlier had its opening pushed back by 3 months – will now be postponed until May 2021.

It’s a move which we welcome.

What If…? / Scotland is 7N’s response to Biennale Curator Hashim Sarkis’ theme ‘how will we live together’, a question to which - for 7N - the clear answer was to go and speak to the people of Scotland to find out their thoughts and reflections on how we should be living together.

Over the past six months we have travelled the length and breadth of the country to canvas Scottish citizens’ hopes and dreams for the future. We paired each citizen with an architect or designer to develop an imaginative ‘What If’ design response to their wishes for a better future for the places in which they lived. These conversations have been documented on film and will be exhibited in Venice alongside each designer’s ‘What If’ idea response to the citizens’ wishes.

This process all took place in a pre-Covid world, before the pandemic changed so much of what we take for granted; in the meantime the Biennale theme of ‘how will we live together’ has gone on to develop a poignancy far beyond Hashim Sarkis’ original intent.

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Observations

Images from our Instagram account which capture ideas, places and things that inspire us.
Now more than ever we need a vision for the future for shared life in our towns and cities. We shared our thoughts on the City of Edinburgh’s choices for a City Plan 2030 #edinburgh #city #planning #future #architecture #ariel #photography #drone #scotland
School Sports Pavilion. A sports pavilion that is designed to lift every pupil’s confidence before stepping out onto the field. #architecture #design #scotland #school #pavilion #architect #building #detail #material #architecturephotography #7narchitects #landscape #architectmodel #model #modeldesign #schoolarchitecture
School Sports Pavilion. A sports pavilion that is designed to lift every pupil’s confidence before stepping out onto the field. #architecture #design #scotland #school #pavilion #architect #building #detail #material #architecturephotography #7narchitects #landscape #schoolarchitecture
School Sports Pavilion. A sports pavilion that is designed to lift every pupil’s confidence before stepping out onto the field. #architecture #design #scotland #school #pavilion #architect #building #detail #material #architecturephotography #7narchitects #landscape #schoolarchitecture
The Chief Planner for Scotland issued a letter on Friday acknowledging the need to explore alternative approaches to public consultation during the Covid-19 lockdown. We were pleased to present our latest design proposals for Queensberry Properties’ redevelopment of Finance House in one of the first ‘digital consultations’ in Scotland on the 19th of March. See our journal for more info, link in bio.
Our team has been working from home in recent weeks, which has made us appreciate the value of light and bright interior spaces. Working from home is better with a view. This is the view from one of the rooms in Buccleuch Street Accomodation.
7N's Vision for Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc - for more information, check out our journal page.
7N's Vision for Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc - for more information, check out our journal page.
Evening light through the trees at Jordanhill Park.
The first apartments are approaching completion as the team reach the one year milestone at Jordanhill.
Autumnal Tones at Jordanhill Park.
Fraser Avenue, Phase 1
Fraser Avenue, Phase 1
Fraser Avenue, Phase 1
Fraser Avenue, Phase 1
Fraser Avenue, Phase 1
Fraser Avenue, Phase 1
Our Work - In May, 7N signed the Architect’s Declare open letter which has been signed by over 625 architectural practices. Signing the Architect’s Declare letter involves endorsing eleven ‘pledges’ which range from advocacy and raising awareness of climate and biodiversity emergencies, to significant changes in working practices around carbon modelling, resource use and knowledge sharing. Like many others, we have turned the lens on the operations of our practice and our projects to better understand where we can make a real difference and how meaningful changes can be advocated and realised. Our research will be shared in a sustainability focused blog series to document this journey, but to mark today’s day of climate action we’re offering some initial findings along with links to information others may find useful and interesting ; to read the full article, visit our Journal page - link in bio.
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