Curated by Jonathan Charlie, Critical Dialogues saw four Glasgow-based practices created a Scottish ‘studio’ in Venice to explore the social role of the architect and the creative boundaries of architecture. Organised as a week-long series of events that took place within the public realm, Critical Dialogues was planned as a sequence of actions that engaged with overlooked and marginalised places and social organisations. Each practice developed a methodological tool kit that was adaptable and playful, so that in principle any one of the projects could be transferred and repeated in other locations.
Santa Maria Ausiliatrice and various spaces around Venice
As a person that has had the occasion of visiting several times the Biennale, I sincerely think that what Scotland has done was unique.
Up-and-coming architects from Scotland have taken a maverick approach at the world’s largest showcase of its kind and displayed a number of small-scale community projects in a bid to beat the recession.
The young professionals have taken a fresh approach at the Venice Biennale of Architecture and shunned ambitious design plans or extravagant models of the kind usually on show.