How will we live together? Proposals invited for the 2020 Venice Biennale

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Scotland + Venice: How will we live together?
Proposals invited for the 2020 Venice architecture exhibition

The Scotland + Venice partnership has announced details of the open tender for Scotland’s proposal for the Biennale Architettura in 2020. Creative teams are invited to submit proposals for a project to celebrate architecture, with the potential to showcase the work at one of the most prestigious architecture events in the world – the Biennale Architettura, Venice.

The Scotland + Venice partners (Architecture and Design Scotland, Scottish Government, British Council and Creative Scotland) are looking for a team to deliver an imaginative proposal to respond to the theme selected by the architect and scholar Hashim Sarkis. The theme ‘How will we live together’ responds to new challenges in architecture.

Strong Narrative

The successful team should provide a strong narrative, critical position and approach to respond to the Biennale theme while meeting the objectives of the Scotland + Venice partners.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs said:

“Scotland has a very strong reputation for developing imaginative approaches to engagement and showcasing our architectural talent at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

This year’s Biennale theme of ‘How Will We Live Together?’ provides an opportunity to consider the role of architecture to improve the quality of life for communities and individuals in new ways.”

A New Spatial Contract

The 17th International Architecture Exhibition will run from 23 May to 29 November 2020. The curator Hashim Sarkis, said: “The world is putting new challenges in front of architecture. I look forward to working with participating architects from around the world to imagine together how we are going to rise to these challenges. We need a new spatial contract. In the context of widening political divides and growing economic inequalities, we call on architects to imagine spaces in which we can generously live together:”


The deadline for submissions is noon on Monday 9 September 2019.
Find out how to submit a tender here.

For further information please contact Anja Ekelof, Architecture and Design Scotland, on 0131 556 66 99 or

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