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In 2015, Irish Architecture Foundation paired with Totally Dublin to present 4 PechaKucha Nights which took place in April, July, September and December loosely themed around the seasons, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.
Devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham (Klein Dytham Architecture), Pecha Kucha Nights was conceived in 2003 as a place for young designers and artists to meet, network, and show their work in public. The key to Pecha Kucha Night is its patented system for avoiding lengthy lectures. Each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds each – giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up.
This simple format is a platform for artists, architects and designers to present their ideas to a diverse audience.
The third edition ‘Autumn’ took place on 24 September in the Sugar Club to an audience of 184.
The Grow Dome Project aims to empower communities sustainably and socially. Dublin’s first geodesic grow dome in the heart of Dublin 8 is an intensive all-year-round sustainable food production tool, an arts and music exhibition space, a community meeting and education area, and an iconic artwork in its own right – all at the same time. Our prototype is nearing completion and the plan is to build 40 domes in the next 5 years.
Formed in 2014 by Cúán Greene and Harry Colley, Dublin Pop Up is an innovative and exciting fine dining events company which has shaken up the Dublin dining scene. Their food, which is hosted in a number of unconventional spaces such as galleries, defunct delis and donated spaces around Ireland’s capital city, has garnered the attention of food writers, brands and fans alike. The two cooks have put their own spin on contemporary Irish cuisine, incorporating influences from indigenous ingredients and European design.
From books to black pudding! Eveleen Coyle left a successful career in publishing to move into the world of food and set up Fab Food Trails – the first company to do so. FFT is now flying.
NósWorkshop is a design collective of graduate architects working out of Dublin which emerged during the recession. Over the last few years, they have taken part in a series of exhibitions, competitions and created various installations throughout Ireland. All of their projects thus far have not involved the conventional ‘client’ but rather stem from a collaboration with a local community to develop and construct a project.
Dr. Lisa Godson researches, writes about and lectures on design and material culture. Current publishing projects include the books Making 1916: material and visual culture of the Easter Rising (Liverpool University Press) and Secret Lives of Objects: stories of design from modern Dublin. She is research collaborator with artists Jesse Jones and Sarah Browne on the major Artangel/Create/Arts Council of Ireland 2016 project In the Shadow of the State.
Shane Waring has worked as architect for private ecological architecture practice Solearth, co-founded Ireland’s first and only carsharing service GoCar, and also formed part of Designing Dublin a transdisciplinary team which used various design processes including design-thinking to explore vitality in Dublin City. He currently works as an architect in Dublin City Council and recently established Dublin City Council beta – aDublin City Council live mechanism for trialling, assessing & implementing ways to improve the experience of life in the city.
TTT – (thirtythreetrees), established in 2004 by Jimi Shields + Maria Vlahos and based in Dublin City, is a multi-disciplinary design practice with a particular emphasis on landscape architecture and garden design. TTT collaborate with Ireland’s leading architecture practices, contributing to numerous award winning projects and have exhibited widely, including the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010. Jimi and Maria have been invited to speak at schools of architecture throughout Ireland with Jimi currently undertaking a series of Landscape Theory and Practice lectures at Cork University.
Fuchsia MacAree is a freelance illustrator. She studied Visual Communication in NCAD, did an MA in Illustration in the University of the Arts London and now works in Dublin. She’s a fan of bold graphics, wordplay, sneaking jokes into commissions and never doing anything totally seriously.
Sven Anderson is an artist working between Ireland and the US since 2001. Anderson’s work explores the act of listening within diverse architectural, physical, social, and emotional contexts. His practice is a discursive platform that operates through artistic intervention, academic publication, participatory processes, and interactive design. He is currently involved in a public art commission for Dublin City Council, titled MAP (Manual for Acoustic Planning and Urban Sound Design), which was awarded the 2014 European Soundscape Award from the European Environmental Agency. In 2015, Anderson curated the work of 21 artists within Continuous Drift, an artwork site in Meeting House Square that provides an interface for the public to control the sound environment.