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Beyond Participation, 9 - 10 March

Published: Thursday, February 08, 2018

Beyond Participation, the Irish Architecture Foundation’s bi-annual conference on architecture, design and community participation, returns to Dublin on 9-10 March in Project Arts Centre.

Beyond participation

Beyond Participation is an international conference presented by the IAF and funded by The Arts Council of Ireland. Building on the success of the event in 2016, Beyond Participation #2 is a vital discussion about architecture and community. Bringing together innovators, provocateurs and activists it challenges us to think about democracy, consequence, responsibility and the meaning of the things we design.

Hosted by Project, Ireland’s leading centre for the presentation of contemporary art and the nurturing of young independent practitioners, it is hoped that Beyond Participation will attract an audience of architects, designers, arts practitioners, community workers and anyone interested in the role they can and should play in the design of their city. The programme is curated by Tara Kennedy, a practising architect and researcher, lecturer at UCC and Co-commissioner/Curator of Free Market, the Irish Pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennale 2018.

The conference will take place on Friday, 9 March, from 10am. Speakers include:

  • Alex de Rijke, a founding director of the renowned architecture practice dRMM, who recently won the Stirling Prize for their work on the regeneration of Hastings Pier
  • Killian Doherty of Architectural (Field) Office, an Irish architect working in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Rwanda and looking at the contrasts between modern development and indigenous settlement patterns
  • Ana Jara and Lucinda Correia of Artéria, a practice in Lisbon working on the social, cultural and artistic dimensions of architecture through the direct involvement of communities
  • Stefan Laxness of Forensic Architecture, an architect working on a wide range of projects, including developing methods of airstrike analysis and modelling in the Middle-East and modelling of prison sites from witness testimony
  • Hana Loftus of Hat Projects, a practice working on wide-ranging projects including a co-designed estate regeneration project in north London, and a health charity looking to expand its specialist support services
  • The conference will be chaired by Diarmaid Lawlor, Director of Place at Architecture and Design Scotland. An urbanist with a multi-disciplinary background, he has worked on projects involving the shaping and implementation of change for clients in Ireland, the UK and Europe, for the public, private and third sectors

The conference will be accompanied by film screenings (Friday 9 March) and two workshops (Saturday 10 March). One workshop can be revealed: Join Louise Dredge, Head of Creative Engagement at London’s Glass-House Community Led Design, for ‘Community participation in design: making it meaningful’. This hands-on workshop will explore the complex set of relationships involved in the design of spaces and places and how local knowledge can inform and inspire good design. It will focus on the process of engagement from a human perspective, and consider how to create opportunities to empower people through participation and collaboration in the design of the built environment.


Beyond Participation conference
9 March, 9.30am-5pm
Project Arts Centre
Early bird tickets €35 (regular price €50), includes lunch and a beer to finish the day

Beyond Participation workshop with Louise Dredge
10 March, 11am-1pm
Fringe Lab
Tickets €10

Tickets are available at projectartscentre.ie

Final speakers, second workshop and film screenings to be confirmed, keep an eye on architecturefoundation.ie for more details.

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