Architecture Fringe 2023

(R)Evolution! Assembly - Cultures of Architecture

10 June

Core Programme Edinburgh & The Lothians Discussion Symposium

Event Summary

A half-day world cafe style symposium to collectively share memories of and aspirations for architectural culture here in Scotland.

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10 June


Out of the Blue Drill Hall 36 Dalmeny Street Edinburgh EH6 8RG
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Fully accessible throughout. Should you wish to attend and require a BSL interpreter, please do get in touch with us via email:


Architecture Fringe

The Lighthouse - Scotland’s National Centre for Architecture, Design & The City opened in 1999 and over the following decades represented an invaluable platform for the dissemination of architectural culture in Scotland. Its programme of exhibitions, events and public engagements served an educational purpose well beyond the profession, while simultaneously fostering the development of architectural discourse within it.

With The Lighthouse now closed and barely a whisper about it, what does this mean for the ecology of architectural culture in Scotland? Our work here seeks to explore architectural culture in Scotland - its forms, models, and outputs - orientating it towards the medium future, to assess whether we need a revolution, evolution, or a combination of the two to help realise a plural, vibrant culture of architecture in this particular part of the world.

(R)Evolution! Assembly - Cultures of Architecture is a half-day world cafe style symposium where we'll collectively share our memories of and aspirations for architectural culture here in Scotland.

Lightly structured into two sessions, the first session will recall the output of The Lighthouse and other aspects of architectural culture such as magazines, exhibitions, and events what have gone before and still resonate to this day. The second session will look at our contemporary scene with an eye on the next five to ten years, to explore what we're collectively doing well and what we need to work on.

Provocateurs include:

Dr Stacey Hunter - Design curator, exhibition maker, co-founder of Local Heroes and former programme manager at The Lighthouse and Six Cities Festival

Erika Silverman - Mixed-media artist and current curator of The Lighthouse archive

Neil McGuire - Graphic designer, educator, co-curator of A Fragile Correspondence - Scotland + Venice, and co-Director of the Architecture Fringe

Kathy Li - Architect, educator and co-founder of Missing in Architecture at the Glasgow School of Art

Andy Summers - Architect, educator, curator, public programmer, co-curator of A Fragile Correspondence - Scotland + Venice, and a co-founder and co-director of the Architecture Fringe

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The Core Programme for the Architecture Fringe 2023 has been made possible through support from the Scottish Government, Moxon Architects, Helen Lucas Architects, and Collective Architecture.

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Other events in Edinburgh & The Lothians