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Exhibition Publications

‘The Lives of Spaces’ Acquired by The Art Institute of Chicago


The Art Institute of Chicago has acquired our publication ‘The Lives of Spaces’ for their architecture and design collection. The book, designed by Conor & David, was published by the Irish Architecture Foundation and UCD to accompany the International Architecture Exhibition in Venice in 2008.

‘This exceptional publication would be an invaluable addition to the Department of Architecture and Design’s permanent collection.’

Zoe Ryan, Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design, The Art Institute of Chicago.

‘We are delighted our publication is recognised for its quality design by a prestigious international institution, who by this gesture is affirming its position in international design history’.
Nathalie Weadick, Irish Architecture Foundation Director.

About the Book:
In accompaniment to the Irish exhibition at the Venice Biennale, a book of 220 pages entitled The Lives of Spaces has been published to coincide with the exhibition’s opening. The book includes a text from each of the nine participants describing their experience of working towards the exhibition and their projects. In each case, these essays are followed by a second, discursive piece which elaborates upon the themes and ideas embodied by the works. Contributors to this section of the book include Douglas Smith, Emmett Scanlon, Declan McGonagle, Brian Ward, Gary Boyd, Kevin Donovan, Kathleen Chakraborty and Stefano Casciani (editor of Domus magazine). The essays are illustrated with visual material derived from the architects’ films and installations. In addition, an interview conducted by Declan Long with the curators, Nathalie Weadick and Hugh Campbell forms an introduction to the book along with an essay by Samantha Martin-McAuliffe on the lives and spaces of the Palazzo Giustinian-Lolin. The book also opens with a foreword by the acclaimed international critic Anthony Vidler.