Festival of Architecture 2017: Home is where the art is

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Karen Stevenson, Director: Policy and Development talks about all things Festival of Architecture 2017 @RIASFest which is happening at a venue near you in September- #FoA2017 is here!

With so many priorities, the Incorporation’s decision to put on another festival may have seemed like madness. However, the tremendous and resounding success of the Festival of Architecture in 2016 and the valuable endeavours of the Scottish Civic Trust’s Doors Open Days, Scotland’s largest free annual architectural event, provided the catalyst for the RIAS to decide this was a legacy that should be recognised with an annual Festival. Therefore, the month of September will see the whole of Scotland celebrating Scottish Architecture, its legacy and in particular, this year’s special Festival of Architecture theme, our homes. We have aimed to ensure that events will engage a wide audience throughout Scotland, a national event.

Engaging with architecture

The Festival must be about ensuring that people across Scotland become more confident about engaging with architecture and all aspects of the design of our public spaces.  Of course, as with all festivals, it will also be fun!

Hitting the ground running in May, our partners, including activities hosted by the RIAS’ six area Chapters, have been busy putting together over 50 events across Scotland which will include something for everyone.

Adventures in Space

It is essential to have headline events that promote architecture for a public audience, but also involves our membership. This year the RIAS team have organised another opportunity to see the very successful exhibition, Adventures in Space. Taking a more mainstream theme, our new publication 2020 Visions – Housing Scotland 2000-2020 has been drawn together from examples submitted by our membership. This will present 100 of the most amazing housing designs across Scotland. We will showcase this work through a pop- up ‘mini house’ exhibit in Glasgow Central Station.

Supporting the festival

I would encourage everyone to check our web site and brochure for further details www.festivalofarchitecture.scot

We could not entertain a festival without our sponsors. We are grateful to them for their support.

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