In 2018, five architecture students took part in the first Scotland + Venice Fellowship Programme. It was a chance for them to contribute to the prestigious International Architecture Exhibition (Biennale Architettura), and to Scotland’s critically acclaimed response: The Happenstance.
Each fellow developed their own critical thoughts about the exhibition’s 2018 theme of ‘freespace’, and responded through a range of exhibition mediums. Their work was shown in Glasgow and Edinburgh with The Happenstance exhibition.
On this page, you can read their responses. They cover:
- Theo Shack’s investigation into the rules of encounters at The Happenstance
- Iga Świercz’s collection of stories from people she met in Venice by chance
- Eilish Camplisson’s exploration of the routes people took through Venice before arriving at The Happenstance
- Lucia Medina Uriarte’s response to the question of the city’s essence and the spirit of place
- Robert Colvin’s research that aims to construct new tools for seeing and experiencing the relationship between architecture and place
The Fellowship Programme – The Art of the Unintended Encounter, Theo Shack
The Art of the Unintended Encounter is an investigation into the rules of the encounters at The Happenstance in Venice. The research is divided into 11 subheadings that explore and critique the processes employed. It has a view to how this type of intervention can be replicated in other places away from the Biennale context.
Theo Shack, year 4 (2018), Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Edinburgh
The Happenstance – All That is Transparent, Iga Świercz
The research is a collection of stories from people the author met in Venice simply by chance. It is a catalogue of their memories. It is an attempt to describe a person through the transparency of the spaces associated with the conversations they had. Through this set of interviews, meetings and conversations, the most important moments of their lives are discovered.
Simultaneously abstract and analytical, the drawings and models detail the essence of subjective mental and physical experience of place.
Iga Świercz, year 2 (2018), Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde
Running Threads Through Venice, Eilish Camplisson
Running threads through Venice, is a record and exploration of the routes people took through Venice before finding/arriving at The Happenstance in Palazzo Zenobio. It seeks to examine how the space created by The Happenstance team relates to or improves on the current free spaces in Venice.
Eilish Camplisson, year 4 (2018), Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Dundee