Prospect North: Sharing Scotland’s experiences at this year Arctic Circle Assembly in Iceland

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Prospect North: How can architecture, design and technology transform community engagement across the High North?
Sharing Scotland’s experiences at this year Arctic Circle Assembly in Iceland

Prospect North, an immersive exhibition focused on how architecture, design and technology could transform community engagement across the High North, will be exhibited at the 2016 Arctic Circle Assembly to be held in Reykjavik, Iceland, 6-9 October. The exhibition will be launched by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, on Friday 7 October, following her keynote address at the Arctic Circle event.

Created by Scottish designers Lateral North, Dualchas Architects and Soluis and curated by Architecture & Design Scotland on behalf of the Scotland + Venice Partnership, the exhibition allows people to travel to Scotland through augmented and virtual reality, to experience how peripheral communities have responded to various challenges and opportunities. Prospect North delivers a series of innovative mapping strategies, individual narratives, portraits and evocative imagery, highlighting Scotland’s place and identity within an economically emerging northern region.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

“Prospect North is a unique exhibition which demonstrates how architects and communities can work together to secure better outcomes for people across Scotland.

“Since premiering at this year’s Venice Biennale to tremendous reviews, the exhibition has been capturing imaginations on its summer tour of Scotland during our Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. I’m delighted Prospect North is now at the Arctic Circle Assembly to showcase the best of Scottish architecture and prompt further discussion on how the relationship between people and place can be re-energised.”

This year the Arctic Circle Assembly – a conference held annually in Reykjavik and used as a platform for over 1,500 delegates from across the world to come together and ‘cooperate on the future of the Arctic’ – will host a number of sessions focused on Scotland and its relationship to the High North.

Commenting on the opportunity to engage with communities throughout the Arctic at this year’s Arctic Circle Assembly, Graham Hogg and Tom Smith of Lateral North said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Scotland to collaborate with others in the ‘High North’ and in particular our neighbours within the North Atlantic region. With so much in common we believe that Prospect North is an exhibition that many within the Arctic community will be able to relate to and a chance for them to see what has been possible within Scotland from a grass roots level as well. 

Communities throughout Scotland have addressed challenges, taken advantage of opportunities and established solutions for many different things and we are excited to share these within an international context and pose the question to others ‘what is possible within your community?’”

Learning from Scottish examples, Prospect North aims to lead conversations among participants at the event about how architecture, planning, design and technology can play a role in shaping the future of resilient communities across the Arctic and beyond. Using large-scale physical and digital models, the exhibition will provide an opportunity for communities throughout the Arctic to engage with and discuss the challenges, and opportunities for communities in the Northern region.

Developed as part of Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, Prospect North was premiered at the prestigious Venice Architecture Biennale in May 2016.  The exhibition was a key attraction at the Oban Festival of Architecture in August and, following its trip to Iceland, the exhibition will be on show at The Lighthouse in Glasgow (October) and in Dundee (November) as part of the celebrations marking the end of the Festival of Architecture. It is presented as part of Architecture and Design Scotland’s Say Hello to Architecture, a broad programme of activities to celebrate the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and the Festival of Architecture in 2016.

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