Dreams for future of towns and cities explored in new exhibition


Scots’ wishes for how their neighbourhoods could look in the future are taking centre stage at a new design exhibition.

Since the beginning of last year, 30 people from across the country have worked with designers and architects to visualise the best changes for their communities in a post-pandemic world.

The show, opening at the V&A Dundee from Saturday, is called What If…?/Scotland.

V&A Dundee “What if�?/Scotland” exhibition
Programme co-ordinator Sonia Napolitano takes a closer look at some of the wishes written by people from across Scotland (Jane Barlow/PA)

Jim MacDonald, chief executive of Architecture and Design Scotland, said: “Everyone is affected by decisions that affect the design of their places and we know that collaboration empowers communities and supports wellbeing.

“The themes explored in What if…?/Scotland demonstrates how the creativity that comes from communities working with architects and designers can support positive change.”

Leonie Bell, V&A Dundee director, said: “Good design enriches our lives, it creates homes, neighbourhoods, towns and cities where people, and places, thrive.

“As we all look forward with hope and optimism to our cultural, economic and social recovery from the Covid pandemic, design has a fundamental role to play.

V&A Dundee “What if�?/Scotland” exhibition
The exhibition opens at the V&A Dundee on Saturday (Jane Barlow/PA)

The exhibition was commissioned by the Scotland + Venice partnership and was originally meant to be staged in Venice as part of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

All visitors now need to book free tickets to enter V&A Dundee to ensure social distancing, at www.vam.ac.uk/dundee.


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