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Making Ireland Modern: Lunchtime Talk series

Wednesday 28 September, 1 – 2pm

‘We must have motorways’ – Ireland, the Highway and Modernity // Denis Linehan, UCC introduction by John McLaughlin

Denis Linehan is a social and cultural geographer. He graduated from the University of Nottingham with a PhD in 1997. He joined the School of human Environment: Geography and Archaeology at UCC in 1999, having previously worked at the University of Lancaster and University of Lancaster. Dr Linehan’s publications include Atlas of Cork City (2005), Spacing Ireland (2013) and Ordnance: War + Architecture & Space (2013).

Making Ireland Modern explores the relationship between architecture, infrastructure and technology in the building of a new nation. Constructed as an open matrix of drawings, photographs, models and other artefacts, the exhibition presents ten infrastructural episodes – Negation, Electricity, Health, Transportation, Television, Aviation, Education, Telecommunications, Motorways, Data – spanning a period of one hundred years from 1916-2016. Exploring a range of scales from the detail design of objects to entire landscapes and other territories, Making Ireland Modern describes architecture’s role in transforming the physical and cultural identity of the new state through its intercession in the everyday lives of its population.

Making Ireland Modern is a Touring Project in ART: 2016 – The Art Council’s programme as part of Ireland 2016. It was originally presented as Infra Éireann – Making Ireland Modern at the 2014 International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland and the Arts Council. Making Ireland Modern is also supported by The Government Policy on Architecture, The Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland (RIAI), ESB Ireland, Arup Foundation, Scott Tallon Walker Architects and Queens University Belfast.

Touring Exhibition:

St. Peter’s Centre, Cork, 8 Sept – 1 October
Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin, 13 Oct – 12 November

Upcoming lunchtime talks:
Wednesday 28 September – Roads

For more information: makingirelandmodern.ie