Six things we took away from Say Hello to Architecture in 2016

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In 2016 Architecture and Design Scotland delivered the Say Hello to Architecture Programme as part of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and the Festival of Architecture. We were delighted to collaborate with RIAS and the many partners in the Festival of Architecture to reach new audiences across Scotland, and beyond.

Here are six things we took away from 2016:

1. Engaging audiences with augmented reality works

For Scotland’s contribution to the Venice architecture Biennale in 2016 we set out to test new ways to deliver exhibitions and engagement. The Prospect North exhibition – created by Lateral North, Soluis and Dualchas and supported by the Scotland + Venice partnership, used augmented and virtual reality to bring over 6,000 Venetian visitors to Scotland, and to bring fifteen Scottish community stories to the heart of the Biennale. When back from Venice it toured to three Scottish venues, co-locating with Scotstyle in two venues. The exhibition was also on display at the Arctic Circle conference in Reykjavik and was launched by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

2. Working with communities we created new experiences in old places

From working with the Oban Communities Trust and Festival of Architecture to create the Oban Festival of Architecture in the old Rockfield Primary School, through to transforming Dundee’s West Ward Works into a diverse and engaging architecture festival for a – freezing – week in November, we were able to mobilise interest and hard work into special celebrations of Scotland’s architecture.

3. Your ears can guide you to hidden gems

Working with Walking Heads tours we devised the Brisk Walk guided walk to Glasgow’s buildings at risk, narrated by Professor Johnny Rodger, and available to download on the Walking Heads website It is beautifully illustrated by Rae-Yen Song.

4. Yellow bags stand out in the crowd

To support local events we created a set of 10 architecture resources with ideas for activities for young and old alike. We packaged the resources in bright yellow tote bags and we distributed over 400 packs across Scotland to support community events. This combined with the strong connection to the diverse Festival of Architecture events and RIAS chapters helped us reach new audiences and resulted in 184 community led events.

5. Scotland’s Best of the Best is really GREAT

We worked with seven national organisations to collate award-winning architecture, landscapes and communities in the Best of the Best exhibition. The exhibition toured 12 venues, showcased 134 projects and shared venues with Scotstyle. It kicked off with a special Midsummer Celebration at Glasgow’s Savings Bank and finished the year at A449 Architects in Portobello, Edinburgh, with stops in Peebles, Aberdeen, Arbroath, Dundee, Stirling, Helensburgh, Oban, Leith, in between.

6. Everyone loves a piper

During the Prospect North tour we were fortunate to have in our midst Euan – a talented piper. Whether walking along Venice’s Via Garibaldi or down the sweeping staircase in the Harpa building in Reykjavik, the sound of the pipes announced the arrival of Prospect North on the international stage.


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