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2019 Programme Festival Talk

Available to watch: The Architect Reads


‘The Architect Reads’, curated by the IAF is a series of three separate readings to an audience by authors who have studied architecture, and who are either professional architects or writers or critics.

The series was held in conjunction with the Dublin International Literature Festival and was cross-disciplinary, exploring the common theme of cities, place and the imagination. It moved away from discussions centred on economics and urbanism, to focus on art as a means of re-imaging cities.

The Architect Reads operates in the spaces between architectural practice at large and the current discourse on communicating architecture. The experience is performative and similar to spoken word.The Architect Reads is also inspired by the expanded field of architecture, which deconstructs traditional definitions that says architecture is not just about the design and construction of buildings, and embraces an unconventional view of practice that opens up a myriad of possibilities and opportunities to connect to people.

The series featured:

Shane O’Toole reading of One Hundred and One Hosannas for Architecture followed by a screening of Paddy Cahill and Shane O’Toole’s mini doc Dreaming Squares filmed shortly before Ronnie Tallon’s passing.

Kester Rattenbury reading of The Wessex Project including a sound and visual performance. This event was recorded and is now available to watch below.

Owen O’Doherty reading of Bright Sparks

Photo courtesy of Paddy Cahill and Shane O’Toole