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Listen Up!, British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Venice


Listen Up!, a proposal we designed alongside ZCD Architects, was one of five projects shortlisted for the British Pavilion at the Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia for 2023. The Biennale celebrates architecture in all its forms and explores themes of politics, contemporary cultural and social issues.

We designed Listen Up! to showcase work being carried out with young people across the UK. Their stories and lived experiences would be revealed, displayed, and broadcast – through models, drawings and film. Visitors would be introduced to new ways of working with young people, guided through best practice and inspired to try different approaches themselves. We wanted young people working on the project to feel empowered and heard, and we envisaged ways of working together with pupils and students from Italy as the project evolved.

The data and narratives collected would form the basis of a powerful lobbying tool for this cohort of young people to instigate the changes they want to see. A tool for young people to engage with us, on their terms.

Project Details:

Our shortlisted submission for the British Pavilion at the 2023 Venice Biennale.

Client: The British Council

Construction Value: TBC

Completion: 2022

Location: Venice