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Open House Dublin and Open House Galway Announce Programme

Published: Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Irish Architecture Foundation’s Open House Dublin returns from 7 to 9 October with over 120 buildings and events providing free access to the city’s architecture and tours by RIAI architects. Curated by Dr Sandra O’Connell, this year’s theme – The Architecture of Change – reflects on how architecture and design thinking can be a catalyst for positive change.  Inspired by the 20th anniversary of the 1991 Architectural Framework Plan for Temple Bar, Open House features a full day of architectural walks by Group 91 Architects and Laura Magahy on Saturday 8 October. The architectural spotlight this year is on housing architect Herbert Simms (1898-1948), who realised 17,000 homes for Dublin’s poor during his 16 years in office without compromising on quality. A SIMMSposium with Eddie Conroy, Dr Ellen Rowley, David O’Connor and Gerry Cahill will take place on Friday 7 October at 7pm in DCC’s Wood Quay Venue.  Walking tours discuss the ‘Destruction of Dublin’, the potential of NAMA-bound lands and buildings, and conduct an ‘Urban Check Up’ of inner city areas.  Building tours explore the ‘Architecture of Dublin Contemporary’, the work of Emerging Practices, new landmarks on the TCD campus, creatively adapted Martello Towers in Dun Laoghaire and many more. Devised by Paul Kearns and Motti Ruimy, ‘The Dead City’ (photo) will see the properties on Merrion Square and Fitzwilliam Square turn on their lights for exactly one hour at exactly 8pm on Saturday 8 October – a compelling mediation on the potential of our Georgian city. The full programme is now on the website www.architecturefoundation.ie/openhouse

Now in its third year, Open House Galway returns from 13 to 16 October 2011. Highlights include a lecture by Orla Murphy exploring the character and challenges facing Irish rural towns, themed architectural tours that showcase the city’s rich building stock, a children’s workshop and a special “Ignite Architecture” event to harness the collective imagination for architectural ideas.  The Exhibition “Irish Architecture Awards 2011”, takes place in the Centre Pier Building, Galway Harbour at 6pm on Friday 14 October 2011.  Full programme details @ www.openhousegalway.ie



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