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.
It’s good to see construction re-starting on our Jordanhill Park project for Cala Homes West. In addition to the first two apartment buildings already completed at Southbrae Drive, this phase of construction will provide a mix of 1,2 & 3 bedroom apartments, townhouse terraces and detached homes alongside the developments new Sales Suite, set to launch later this year. Each of these new homes have been developed with the client, Cala Homes West, as bespoke designs specifically created for their unique setting offering residents the chance to enjoy living in the mature parkland estate of Jordanhill. With landscape and public realm a core focus of the masterplan design, streets and spaces have been designed around people rather than vehicles, allowing both residents and members of the public alike to roam freely in their enjoyment of this new neighbourhood.
It’s good to see construction re-starting on our Jordanhill Park project for Cala Homes West. This drone shot was taken during lockdown but Phase 1 will now be completed shortly and Phase 2 is underway again. In addition to the first two apartment buildings already completed at Southbrae Drive, this phase of construction will provide a mix of 1,2 & 3 bedroom apartments, townhouse terraces and detached homes alongside the developments new Sales Suite, set to launch later this year. Each of these new homes have been developed with the client, Cala Homes West, as bespoke designs specifically created for their unique setting offering residents the chance to enjoy living in the mature parkland estate of Jordanhill. With landscape and public realm a core focus of the masterplan design, streets and spaces have been designed around people rather than vehicles, allowing both residents and members of the public alike to roam freely in their enjoyment of this new neighbourhood.
We’ve recently submitted a planning application for Rowanbank Gardens, a brownfield development of 126 new homes in Corstorphine. Working with our clients Artisan Real Estate, the project will redevelop a former care home to provide much needed one, two and three bedroom homes for the city, including 25% affordable. The site, which is well connected to public transport, will encourage car-free city living, with generous secure cycle parking and car club provision. The new homes are designed for flexible, family living, making it easier to live a sustainable lifestyle. The shared courtyard garden, designed in collaboration with Rankinfraser Landscape Architecture, will be the heart of this new dense, liveable place, with inclusive spaces for play, communal growing and relaxation to support a sense of community, and promote well-being.
We’ve recently submitted a planning application for Rowanbank Gardens, a brownfield development of 126 new homes in Corstorphine. Working with our clients Artisan Real Estate, the project will redevelop a former care home to provide much needed one, two and three bedroom homes for the city, including 25% affordable. The site, which is well connected to public transport, will encourage car-free city living, with generous secure cycle parking and car club provision. The new homes are designed for flexible, family living, making it easier to live a sustainable lifestyle. The shared courtyard garden, designed in collaboration with Rankinfraser Landscape Architecture, will be the heart of this new dense, liveable place, with inclusive spaces for play, communal growing and relaxation to support a sense of community, and promote well-being.
New Blog Post - Making Edinburgh a City Where Data Drives Sustainable Transport, Not Cars. What if we harnessed Edinburgh’s tech expertise to create Scotland’s first truly smart city, using the power of big data to help us all make more informed choices about the way we move around the city? Could we use this tool to incentivise and reward better choices, to re-programme a city that has been accustomed to reaching for the car keys to start reaching for the bike or trainers instead? To read the full article, visit our journal page.
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
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