Architecture Fringe 2019

Architecture Fringe 2019

07 - 23 June 2019
across Scotland, with core programme hubs at The Lighthouse and Custom Lane

The fourth edition of the Architecture Fringe took place in June 2019 and was the largest and most successful to date. Structured under the provocation of In Real Life, [IRL], the Architecture Fringe 2019 saw 100 projects, events, exhibitions, performances, talks, tours and a summer school across Scotland.

In Real Life, [IRL] was an invitation to speculate on the ‘ordinary’ - to explore and expose the conditions and contradictions in architectural culture, experiment with the every-day, challenge the ‘realities’ of our built environment and re-energise architecture’s role in creating better places and spaces, IRL.

We developed a commissioned core programme which sought to critique our contemporary cultural landscape, and worked a range of co-collaborators such as choreographer Janice Parker, Adele Patrick and Sue John of the Glasgow Women’s Library to explore living in our later lives; Glasgow School of Art People of Colour Collective examining racism, culture and a post-colonial world; architecture and politics with Peter Barber; and queer space and aesthetics through the queer Glasgow club scene.

We also explored the sustainable re-use of imagined existing buildings with ReTypes; contemporary architectural publishing in Scotland and beyond with Publishing House II; the nature and impact of volume housebuilding in Scotland with House Rules and a look back at the work of the Architecture Fringe itself through our In Progress exhibition.

The open programme continued to be a platform for exciting work from established and new voices. Jamie Fobert joined The Common Guild to explore spaces for art; The Shieling Project and Ferann Land continued to push for change in land reform and Highland culture with Lesley Riddoch and Dualchas; Students from Strathclyde University launched a new architectural magazine called Ism with Creative Electric explored neighbourhood accessibility in Working Class Exotica

This year’s festival was funded by Creative Scotland, The Scottish Government, Helen Lucas Architects and Moxon. If you were one of the 45,000 people who joined us across the festival this year – thanks for being there!

Image: Architecture Fringe 2019 production team by Robb Mcrae

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