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Press / Architecture Fringe 2019 Opening Party this Friday!

Architecture Fringe 2019 Opening Party this Friday! 06 Jun 2019

The Architecture Fringe 2019 festival kicks off this week with over 100 events taking place across Scotland from 07-23 June 2019. This year's core programme exploring the In Real Life [IRL] provocation will see our production team take over The Lighthouse in central Glasgow for the whole of June. We'll be packing the building with new commissioned work, key events and our always-a-sell-out opening party. Highlights of the core programme include Queer Space, an exploration of queered space through the queer Glasgow club scene and an exhibition investigating the adaptive re-purposing of imagined existing buildings by some of the UK's most exciting practices including Ann Nisbet Studio and You + Pea. Our big lecture this year will be from architect Peter Barber and held at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh on Friday 21 June.

In celebration of a jam-packed two week long programme exploring the provocation In Real Life [IRL], the Architecture Fringe team invite you to join them in Glasgow this Friday for their Opening Party. The evening will be a concoction of exhibition, conversation, interactive performance and music by Rebecca Davies at The Lighthouse before heading over to the Old Hairdressers for the After Party [SOLD OUT] with music from DJs William Francis of Rhythm Machine and OH141 boss Sarra Wild.

Free Entry | Tickets can be found here

*After Party already SOLD OUT

Architecture Fringe 2019 highlights:

  • ReTypes | An installation investigation the adaptive re-purposing of imagined existing buildings featuring newly commissioned work by Ann Nisbet Studio, Moxon, Studio Niro and You+Pea. The exhibition will also feature work from 2017’s New Typologies and 2018’s Frankentypes. [part of Architecture Fringe Core Programme]
  • HOUSE RULES | HOUSE RULES is an exploration and critique of the current state of volume house building in Scotland. A four-person panel discussion will be held between leaders in the industry including Andy Wightman MSP, Nicola Barclay and Stuart Henderson to review why high roller house builders accounted for 4/5ths of new homes built in Scotland over the past decade and how the vast swathes of new development are shaping our built environment to their own ends. [part of Architecture Fringe Core Programme]
  • Big Lecture | Talk by Peter Barber who is a practicing Architect and considered one of the UK leading urbanists. His manifesto is that architecture can create potential for social action and activity. Peter will explore our In Real Life [IRL] theme through the world of architecture and practice. This is event is delivered as the core programme’s Big Lecture in Edinburgh on Friday 21 June 2019 and compliments other talks throughout the open programme including those from Page\Park, Eric Parry and Jamie Fobert. [part of Architecture Fringe Core Programme]
  • Kiosk | Kiosk is a building in Govanhill that proposes a new adaptive and small scale civic typology. Over two days Lee Ivett [OPD] and Duncan Blackmore [Arrantland] will create two events that will launch the space. The first will be a dinner with local community members and stakeholders with an open discussion the following evening to discuss and debate the potential role of Kiosk within its context.
  • SHIELING / AIRIGH - Reclaiming the Commons | The Shieling Project imagine the tradition of ‘the shieling’ as a context for imaginatively reclaiming the commons. This event explores the shieling not only as a material typology but as a motif for learning and education in context, reconnecting with the land and building community in real life. Guest speaker Lesley Riddoch will reflect on what takes to make visions a reality; artist Julia Heslop will talk about the community project ‘Dwellbeing’ in Newcastle.
  • ASPECT:Cinema | ASPECT:Cinema returns to the stage with Design Me Happy - a short film screening and open discussion that explores how our architectural environments can affect our mental health and well being. With insight from our panel of architects, designers, artists and activists, followed by drinks and overflow conversation.
  • Love At First Sight | For her first commission in Scotland, Morag Myerscough brings her signature graphic style to create a structure that will reference the history of Aberdeen’s historic Mercat Cross as a point of public gathering and chance encounter.

Other events include a summer school with the Test Unit and Richard Sennett; Fancy? Which sees Creative Electric partner with Cunningham Heaven Architects to host a series of community events that explore what makes a building socially and physically accessible; and an exploration of queered space through the queer Glasgow club scene including  nights with Shoot Your Shot, OH141, VAJ.Power, Junglehussi and Hot Mess.

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