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Press / Architecture Fringe 2019 Programme Launch

Architecture Fringe 2019 Programme Launch 03 May 2019

The Architecture Fringe has unveiled this year’s programme packed with more than 80 events taking place throughout Scotland from 07-24 June 2019.

Now in its fourth year, the Architecture Fringe was self initiated by a volunteer group of architects, designers, engineers, visual artists and curators to encourage broader public debate about architecture and design in Scotland.

The year's provocation is In Real Life, [IRL] where we explore the extraordinary everyday. From architecture, art, performance and film to tours, talks, magazine launches and a summer school the programme is packed with wonderful events and thought-provoking work.

The Opening Party for the festival will be on the evening of Friday 07 June at The Lighthouse and The Old Hairdressers in Glasgow.


Architecture Fringe 2019 highlights:

  • SHIELING / AIRIGH - Reclaiming the Commons | The Spieling 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ASPECT:Cinema | ASPECT:Cinemareturns 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.
  • Tinkering Workshop | A fun and active morning of celebrating what it means to tinker: to take things apart, explore tools and materials and build wondrous, wild art that’s full of architecture and imagination. Bring the whole family to explore the tools and materials in the shed at Guardswell, alongside Building Workshop’s architecture team.
  • Expensive Shit: St Peter’s Seminary | Archaeologist Joss Durnan asks what fate St Peter’s Seminary demands and if, perhaps, its inevitable succumbing to ruination is the fate we deserve of it. No one is invited. Anyone drifting through the chapel at 2pm might hear what will be said.

Other events include a summer school with the Test Unit and Richard Sennett; a public installation exploring change encounter, love and the Doric dialect by Morag Myerscough with Look Again Festival; a panel discussion with Andrew Wightman MSP, Nicola Barclay and Stuart Henderson as part of exhibition House Rules which critiques the current state of volume house building in Scotland; an installation investigation the adaptive re-purposing of imagined existing buildings by some of the UK's most exciting practices including Ann Nisbet Studio and You + Pea; and an exploration of queered space through the queer Glasgow club scene including nights with Shoot Your Shot, OH141, VAJ.Power, Junglehussie and Hot Mess.

Andy Summers (co-producer, Architecture Fringe) said: 'This is the fourth edition of the Architecture Fringe and it's a big one. With almost 100 projects taking place across Scotland, together with our takeover of The Lighthouse in central Glasgow, this will be the biggest festival yet. Under this year's In Real Life, [IRL] provocation the core programme will examine and critique the everyday - from the provocative re-use of existing buildings with ReTypes to shining a light on volume housebuilding with House Rules. We'll explore lived-experience and new aesthetics within the built environment with QueerSpace and research how we might all live more comfortably in our increasingly longer later years with Home, At Last.

On the open programme a number of pressing themes have emerged which include critical reflections and discussions around housing, sustainability, gathering and the wider common good. The festival continues to explore architecture within its cultural, social and political contexts with contributions from established institutions, community organisations, neighbourhood groups, collectives, students and active individuals all across the country.'

The Architecture Fringe 2019 will take place across Scotland from 07 to 24 June 2019.
More information about the Architecture Fringe can be found here.
The full programme of events will be available online on Friday 03 May 2019.

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