Venice Biennale

14 September 2008


Envisioning Neighbourhood Change at the Venice Biennale!

Trasformando quartieri alla 11ma Biennale di Architettura di Venezia!

As part of the 11th Architecture Biennale in Venice, Building Futures hosted its first international game play event in collaboration with the The Lighthouse- Scotland’s Centre for Architecture, Design and the City- in Venice

The event is part of a programme of diverse activities at the ‘A Gathering Space’ Scotland’s landmark pavilion designed by Gareth Hoskins Architects, that highlighted the discussion around trends in place making and the contribution architecture makes to our lives. the team ran the workshop with an international set of players using the Game to speculate on the future of the Scottish town of Neilston, near Glasgow.

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Neilston is a small town of some 5000 residents which has, like many such towns, undergone a substantial change in character in recent years. The workshop offers an alternative and complementary way to discuss the town and will feed into a wider programme of consultation with Glasgow’s Urban Lab team at the MacIntosh School and The Lighthouse, later this year and into 2009 that will give Neilston residents and others the chance to take an active role in transforming their town. It brings the toolkit to an international audience and asks them to ‘Think big’ on what the future of the town might be.

Architecture has the power to transform communities and make a tangible difference to our lives. The RIBA Building Futures Game is a remarkable tool enabling people to explore possible futures. We were delighted that this innovative project was workshoped at A Gathering Space with the Neilston Development Trust which is setting a blue print for community involvement in the development of the built environment Nick Bailey, Director at The Lighthouse.

The event was one of two opportunities for those at the 11th Venice Architecture Biennale to find out more about the Building Futures Game. As well as the workshop the toolkit was also the focus of architectural practice AOC’s ‘Experimental Architecture’ exhibit at the Giardini.


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