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New Now Next: Lacaton & Vassal


New Now Next: Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, moderated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara

Thursday 25 November 2021, 18.00-19.30 GMT (Zoom and e-flux Architecture live stream)

The IAF is proud to present this world-class lineup for our final New Now Next talk of 2021.

Register to join the Zoom webinar. This will enable you to submit questions to the Q&A and access live closed captioning. Or you can watch the e-flux Architecture live stream at 18:00 GMT.

Lacaton & Vassal were awarded the prestigious Pritzker Prize this March in recognition of the outstanding new buildings and transformative social and cultural projects they have undertaken since establishing their practice in Paris in 1987. This lecture is a rare opportunity to hear them reflect on their diverse and internationally acclaimed portfolio of work.

Throughout their careers, Lacaton & Vassal have pioneered alternatives to city plans calling for the demolition of social housing, and instead have offered a strategy that saves the building while prioritising the needs of the inhabitants, the environment and the wider community.  

Among the duo’s key projects are the renovation of a 1960s housing block in Bordeaux known as  530 Dwellings at Grand Parc; the adaptive reuse of a former shipyard in Dunkirk to create the FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais art gallery; and the overhaul of the Palais de Tokyo museum in Paris. 

Their previous awards include the Lifetime Achievement Award, Trienal de Lisboa (2016) and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture (2019) along with Frédéric Druot Architecture and Christophe Hutin Architecture for the transformation of 530 Dwellings at Grand Parc, Bordeaux.

Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell, the 2020 Pritzker Prize laureates and recent RIBA Stirling Prize recipients from Grafton Architects in Dublin, will join the virtual stage to introduce their prize-winning counterparts and lead the final discussion.

New Now Next talks disseminate new ideas about contemporary issues that are relevant now and can impact on the next generation. Now in its ninth year, the New Now Next 2021 series takes place online and virtually for the second time, enabling a wider domestic and international audience to connect with the events.

Having kicked off in May with Kate Orff, US-based landscape architect and urban designer and founding principal of SCAPE, our 2021 series continued in September with Eyal Weizman, founding director of Forensic Architecture and Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. The talk by Lacaton & Vassal will conclude our New Now Next 2021 series.

New Now Next is supported by ARUP. All events are free.

The Irish Architecture Foundation is principally funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, and the Office of Public Works.

Photo: Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, courtesy of Laurent Chalet.

Accessibility: The Irish Architecture Foundation endeavours to offer programmes that are accessible and inclusive to all. We offer live closed captioning at our public seminars.

Should you have additional accessibility needs please do not hesitate to contact us at production@architecturefoundation.ie.