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New Horizon_architecture from Ireland at the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Published: Tuesday, September 15, 2015


New Horizon_architecture from Ireland, a series of presentations of the work of emerging Irish practices in three high-profile venues around the world, opens at Chicago Design Museum on October 3rd and runs until January 3rd, 2016 as part of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Presented by Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) in partnership with Chicago Design Museum, this flagship exhibition of Irish architecture and the built environment is a key element of ID2015, a year-long initiative backed by the Irish government exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish design throughout Ireland and internationally.

Selected by curators Nathalie Weadick of the Irish Architecture Foundation, and Raymund Ryan of the Heinz Architectural Center at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art, New Horizon_architecture from Ireland will present the work of three practices - A2 Architects (Peter Carroll and Caomhán Murphy), GKMP Architects (Grace Keeley and Michael Pike), and Ryan W. Kennihan Architects - for the first time in Chicago.

Informed by the Biennial’s theme, ‘The State of the Art of Architecture’, the three Irish practices have been tasked to make an intervention – part installation, part exhibition – in the Chicago Design Museum. The architects have collaborated on constructing a temporary mirrored canopy, designing and fabricating a generous communal table, and presenting a selection of work from their offices in Dublin.

The practices have planned an elegant intervention augmenting the structure of the Chicago Design Museum, taking inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe’s geometric modernism. Embracing the Biennial’s theme, the installation shines a light on the art of architecture and specific interests of this new generation of architects. They play with preconceptions of old and new, Ireland and America, labour and pleasure, the room and the city. A programme of accompanying events will explore cultural, social and political connections between Chicago and Ireland.

Karen Hennessy, Chief Executive of Irish Design 2015 said: "We are honoured to be part of the very first Chicago Architecture Biennial and we look forward to working with the Biennial team and the Chicago Design Museum in promoting Irish businesses working in the architecture and built environment space as one of the highlights of the ID2015 programme. Through this initiative, we are showcasing the work of Irish designers around the world, developing commercial opportunities and establishing strategic partnerships for the ongoing development of this vibrant sector.  New Horizon_architecture from Ireland takes its inspiration from important thresholds in the history of contemporary Irish architecture, where the scope of this work is drawn from both Irish and global design culture. It looks to a better future.

Matthew Terdich, Executive Creative Director, Chicago Design Museum said: “The partnership with ID2015 and the New Horizon exhibition marks our very first collaboration on an international scale in addition to our very first show on architecture. As an institution that embraces a collaborative community-oriented approach to design and education we are thrilled to present this show in partnership with our colleagues in Ireland. This complex and powerful show will explore the architectural legacy of Chicago and its influence on the dynamic, emerging design scene in Ireland."

The first installment of New Horizon_architecture from Ireland was at London Festival of Architecture in June, where four Irish practices – TAKA, Clancy Moore, Hall McKnight and Steve Larkin – collaborated on two temporary pavilions in Lewis Cubitt Square, King’s Cross, while a fifth architect, Emmett Scanlon, curated a mini-exhibition, Nine Lives, for the Tank at London’s Design Museum. In December, two further practices – Urban Agency and AP+E - will participate at the Shenzhen/Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, bringing the total number of practices presented through New Horizon_architecture from Ireland to ten.  Each is asked to collaborate and to work within the context of host venues and of host cities.

Chicago Architecture Biennial runs from 3rd October to 3rd January 2016.  The practices being presented at Chicago Design Museum as part of the Biennial are:
- A2 Architects: www.a2.ie 

- GKMP Architects: www.gkmp.ie 

- Ryan W. Kennihan Architects: www.rwka.com 

The curators are Raymund Ryan, Curator, Heinz Architectural Center, Pittsburgh and Nathalie Weadick, Director, Irish Architecture Foundation and Built Environment Advisor to ID2015.

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