Open House Galway 2011 Ignites Architecture
Published: Thursday, December 01, 2011
Now in its third year, Open House Galway has gone from strength to strength and is now firmly established in the City’s cultural calendar. Highlights of the 2011 event included Orla Murphy’s stunning insightful lecture called “TOWN”, which explored the opportunities and challenges facing Irish rural towns. The dual exhibition opening on Friday 13 October in the Centre Pier Building, Galway Docks attracted over 350 people to view the best of Irish and international architecture – the annual RIAI Irish Architecture Awards Exhibition and a “Palladio” exhibition kindly brought to Galway by the Italian Ambassador – creating a visual and cultural dynamic. Themed architecture tours and building visits over the weekend showcased the best of Galway Architecture to over 800 people. For the young audience, architect and toy maker, Elaine Mahoney delivered energetic children’s workshops with the “Cleverboxclub”.
Undoubtedly, the real highlight of the weekend was the “Ignite Architecture” event, a cabaret-style forum with 5-minute pop-up presentations about architecture, visions for Galway and beyond and the unimaginable. The “Everyday Architecture” outdoor displays in Eyre also proved very popular. “The Festival was a huge success, mainly due to the open access to all events and the level of engagement and discussion generated about architecture and the built environment by non architects and architects alike”, said event Chairman Patrick McCabe. Open House Galway 2012 is already scheduled for the weekend of 12-14October 2012.