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Slow Architecture and Place – Available from the RIAI Book Shop

Published: Monday, April 30, 2012

Slow Architecture and Place – Available from the RIAI Book Shop

Slow Architecture and Place is a new title in the RIAI book shop, edited by Simona Castelli and Mike Haslam with contributions by Brian O’Brien, Ciaran Cuffe and Donal Hickey.

‘Slow Architecture and Place’ was a boat-based exhibition that travelled the Grand Canal, taking architectural discourse to new audiences in communities in Counties Offaly, Kildare and Dublin, where over 300 primary school children participated in workshops. The exhibition took the much maligned adjective ‘slow’ from the slow food and cittaslow movement, which have a common holistic concern with ethical, social and environmental issues, and looked to transpose these values to the built environment and asked architects and artists to respond to this notion of slow in their own way.

Travelling the Grand Canal from the Shannon to Liffey, the project ventured to towns and villages that would rarely be engaged by an architectural exhibition but nevertheless still have to grapple, on their own scale, with the same architectural challenges that our larger cities do. The mode of transport - the 107B a converted canal boat - was of course the very epitome of slow, the enjoyment of travel being as much in the journey as in the arrival.

Participants in ‘Slow Architecture and Place’, featured in the book, included (2010): Caelan Bristow, Donaghy + Dimond Architects, Emmet Kenny, Michael Carroll, Susan Jane Dunford, Seán Harrington Architects, Róisín de Buitléar. And in 2011: Natasha Kalvas, Sonairte, Architectural Farm, Caitriona McArdle and Katrin Korter, Solearth Ecological Architecture and Carson and Crushell Architects.

The team of the slow architectural research collective included: Simona Castelli, Philip Comerford, Mike Haslam, Sandra O'Connell and Eoghan O'Shea.

For those interested to see the Grand Canal in action, on 12 May, 15-20 barges and boats will pass through the Suir Bridge / Rialto stretch on the canal about 11am.  The return journey is on 26 May. More information on the timetable will be on the Inland Waterways site.



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