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New Now Next: Cities Have Feelings with Finn Williams and Rhael ‘LionHeart’ Cape


New Now Next: Cities Have Feelings is an unmissable evening of discussion, ideas and action about cities, including London, Malmö and Dublin. Through conversation and film, Finn Williams, City Architect of Malmö, and artist, poet and broadcaster Rhael “LionHeart” Cape from London will unearth how emotional, physical and social connections between people and their cities are formed and sustained.

This is the second in the New Now Next 2023 season of talks, curated and presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation. Cities Have Feelings takes place as part of Open House Dublin, the IAF’s flagship architecture festival.

Tickets are free, but booking is essential.

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About Our Speakers

Rhael ‘LionHeart’ Cape, Hon FRIBA, is a multi-disciplinary artist, poet and visionary director. LionHeart’s practise — through the language of performance and film — explores architecture and poetry’s relationship with emotional inhabitancy, memory, and mental health. Creating digital interventions within analogue spaces, LionHeart subverts the ineffable, instilling an emotional renaissance within architecture.  He is an Associate Artist of The Royal Albert Hall and Artist in Residence at 180 The Strand. He is a Special Participant at the 18th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, curated by Lesley Lokko, OBE. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for his contribution to architecture. LionHeart was first Poet in Residence at Saatchi Gallery, Grimshaw Architects, Snohetta, Junya Ishigami, AHMM, PLP, Squire & Partners and many more.

Finn Williams is the City Architect of Malmö. He previously worked to promote public architecture and planning in the UK through roles at Croydon Council and the Greater London Authority, and as the co-founder and Chief Executive of Public Practice. Finn is a Visiting Professor of Practice at the Institute of Innovation and Public Purpose at University College London and was co-curator of the British Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. Tidskriften Rum named Finn as the most influential individual in architecture and design in Sweden in 2023.


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About New Now Next

Now in its 11th season, New Now Next is an exciting season of live, in-person talks, disseminating new ideas and thinking relevant now and for the future of architecture and society. Material, financial and human resources, public participation, the future of cities and issues of social inclusion and cultural identity are on the agenda of an unprecedented array of speakers for the 2023 season of NewNowNext. Read more on our News page.

Curated and hosted by the Irish Architecture Foundation and supported by Arup, the 2023 season presents individual speakers, head-to-head conversations and round-table speculations, in person in Dublin.


Photos: Sofielund Cultural Sound Zone, Malmö. Photo by Finn Williams. Finn Williams portrait by Bojana Lukac. Rhael ‘LionHeart’ Cape portrait by Jolade Olusanya.