The Happenstance: Dispatch 4

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My Experience as a Fellow at The Happenstance: Theo Shack

In this dispatch, Fellow and architecture student,  Theo Shack, as part of the research he carried out as a fellow at The Happenstance, looks at what immersive education meant as part of The Happenstance and Venice, and how the mantra, “expecting to get lucky”, opened up “seeing things and possibilities that might not otherwise happen if you were busy carrying out the plan already made”. The five students who took part as Fellows played a key part in The Happenstance. The programme offered self-led research, professional development opportunities and a time of exceptional experiences.

The Happenstance / Scotland + Venice: Scotland’s critically acclaimed contribution to the 16th International Architecture exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia 2018. Curated by WAVEparticle.


The image shows three of the Fellows at the Calle de Vecchi entrance to The Happenstance

Image: Bash Art Creative (Bash Khan)

Posted 16 September 2020

The Happenstance: Dispatch 1

Introduction: Morag Bain. First in a series of twelve publications or ‘dispatches’, exploring the themes of, and learning from The Happenstance.

The Happenstance: Dispatch 2

Venice Reflective: Lee Ivett. A successful public space is one that suggests possibility and opportunity rather than dictates and instructs behaviour.

The Happenstance: Dispatch 3

Into the Mouth of the Wolf: Peter McCaughey. A day in the life of The Happenstance and the chance encounters and the coincidences in the garden.

The Happenstance: Dispatch 5

Venice / Local Context: Alberto Lago. How the memory of The Happenstance is still alive today in the minds of the Venetian people.

The Happenstance: Dispatch 6

Play: Brian Hartley. Play as a spontaneous and creative process, and how it opens vital conversations and actions.

The Happenstance: Dispatch 7

Tools of the Trade: Peter McCaughey. A focus on five principal tools, of the many tools and tactics used.

The Happenstance: Dispatch 8

One A to Z of Making Connections: Peter McCaughey. Exploring the variety of ways connections were made between individuals and organisations.

The Happenstance: Dispatch 9

Participatory Practice: Ian Gilzean. How participation and community empowerment inspires people to realise their creativity and sense of ownership.

The Happenstance: Dispatch 10

A Conversation, a Workshop and Afterwards: Elizabeth Murphy and Emily Speed. Teams are able to make something much bigger, layered and profound.

The Happenstance: Dispatch 11

The Happenstance: a Lively Scottish-Venetian freespace: Phineas Harper. The engagement of the Venetians to the “open to all” of The Happenstance.

The Happenstance: Dispatch 12

The Ongoing Legacy: Morag Bain and Peter McCaughey. It continues through events, tools shared, the friendships and connections being made.

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