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WATCH: Elgin locals reimagine town in trailer for 'What if…?/Scotland' exhibition


By Lorna Thompson

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ELGIN features in a trailer released to coincide with a new architectural exhibition now running at the V&A Dundee.

The town was one of five Scottish communities chosen to take part in the "What if…?/Scotland" project, which explores the relationship communities have with their built environment.

Five Elgin locals were paired with five architects and designers for the project, which initially started in 2019 and was filmed before the first lockdown last year.

They discussed how they would improve Elgin's streets and spaces and what it would take to restore civic pride.

The film showcases some of Elgin's best architecture – but also explores issues such as regeneration of buildings, vacant high street shops and community spirit.

A spokesperson for the project said: "The chat in Elgin was so inspiring, especially around sustainability and the future.

"I think people visiting the exhibition will be so impressed with the ambitions for the town."

The project, commissioned by the Scotland + Venice partnership, is the creation of Edinburgh-based 7N architects, Architecture and Design Scotland and local partners.

You can watch the trailer by www.bashartcreative.com here or go to https://vimeo.com/552010427/385f706d8f.

The exhibition started on Saturday, May 22, and will run until November 21. Entry is free and people can book at www.vam.ac.uk/dundee.


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