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Announcing New Now Next 2021

29.04.21

The IAF is delighted to reveal the line-up for our 2021 New Now Next talks series, featuring leading international architecture and design experts, and supported by Arup.

Now in its ninth year, in 2021 New Now Next will take place online and virtually for the second time, enabling a wider domestic and international audience to connect with the events.

The series will begin at the end of May with a talk by Kate Orff, the US-based landscape architect and urban designer, and founding principal of SCAPE. The conversation will be moderated by Ed Wall, Associate Professor of Cities and Landscapes at the University of Greenwich.

New Now Next will restart in September with a conversation with Eyal Weizman, founding director of Forensic Architecture and Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London.

The final talk of the series will take place in November, with 2021 Pritzker Prize Laureates Anne Lacaton and Jean-Phillipe Vassal, moderated by 2020 Pritzker Prize Laureates and Irish-based architects Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell.

Commenting on the launch of the series, Nathalie Weadick, Director of the IAF, said: “The New Now Next series has become an indispensable resource that reveals current issues of our time. We hope that through these talks we can inspire new thinking on culture, housing, biodiversity, politics and civil society. Going online for the first time last year gave us an opportunity to reach an audience that may not have attended our physical events previously. The talks have become more inclusive and diverse, and this year’s line-up promises to be our best yet.”

The New Now Next series will be interactive, giving the audience the opportunity to engage directly with and ask questions of the world-renowned architects. All events are free, and the Irish Architecture Foundation are also committed to making their talks as accessible and inclusive as possible – this year all of the talks will have closed captioning.

Talks timeline:
Thursday 27 May 2021, 6-7.30pm: Kate Orff, landscape architect, urban designer and founding principal of SCAPE. Moderated by Ed Wall, Associate Professor of Cities and Landscapes at the University of Greenwich. Registration is now open – click here.

Thursday 9 September 2021, 6-7.30pm: Eyal Weizman, founding director of Forensic Architecture and Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Thursday 25 November 2021, 6-7.30pm: Anne Lacaton and Jean-Phillipe Vassal, moderated by Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell.

Registration for the first New Now Next talk of the series, with Kate Orff, will open next week.

Click here to learn more about the New Now Next series.

Image: Transformation of G H I Buildings, Grand Parc 530 Units Social Housing, with Frederic Druot and Christophe Hutin. Photo courtesy of Philippe Ruault.