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Our programme of exhibitions, talks, film screenings, symposia, competitions, publications, school and community workshops, is intended to generate dialogue as well as critically engage a diverse public. We produce a number of our own projects every year, and collaborate with many cultural and academic institutions in architecture, design and other related disciplines and artforms.
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Suburban Cycling Tour
Please join us for a BYOB (Bring your own bike) leisurely cycling tour of Dundrum and Churchtown. Michael Hayes editor of 2ha magazine will lead us on an tour to examine and re imagine the spaces which make up our suburban landscapes.
Tour of 9/9 A Aungier Street: 1664 Architect Unknown, Refurbishment MESH
Imagine 350 years of wallpaper styles. The Aungier Estate is the oldest intact domestic dwelling structure in Dublin. It was the first planned suburb outside the old city walls, and Aungier Street was home to nobility, aristocrats and high-ranking military personnel in its earliest decades. It was also amoung the most stylish districts in the city. No 9/9A, as one of the estate’s most distinguished houses, is the ‘jewel in the crown’ of Aungier Street and a living reminder of a cityscape and inheritance now obscured, but not lost.
Revealing Dublin’s Missing Link- exploring a hidden (sub)urban legacy
We will explore and reveal the rich context of the Aungier Street area’s cultural heritage and consider opportunities for the regeneration of the area. Access to some of the buildings, which form part of the hidden urban legacy of the area.
+ Priority Seating & Booking at all NewNowNext talks, Pecha Kuchas and Open House Dublin
More Members Tours 2015
St Mary’s Pro Cathedral & Vaults
The Cathedral was built on the site of the 12th-Century Cistercian Abbey of St. Mary. It is in the Neo-Classic Doric style, making it distinct from other churches of the period. The extensive vaults of the church run under the street to the Department of Education complex. Since it opened its doors, St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral has seen some major state occasions, for example, the funeral of Daniel O’Connell and the funeral of Michael Collins.
Open House Cork
As part of our IAF members events, we will be taking a trip during the weekend to see the highlights of Cork architecture.
Family Tour of Merrion Square
This hands on activity tour of Georgian Dublin is specially devised by the IAF to stimulate children’s interest in architecture and the city. Led by architects with experience in introducing children to architecture, the tour is full of opportunities for observation and imagination. Each child receives a free IAF activity pack to use along the route.
Note: activities are aimed at 4-11 yr olds. Younger children are very welcome but may require some assistance from adults!
Tour of Green Street Court House Architect: 1797 Whitmore Davis (attrib)
Urban Agency’s Andrew Griffin will bring us on a tour of Green Street Court House. The building is associated with a number of high profile trials, not least that of Robert Emmett, and the bar of the 18th century dock from which Emmett made his final speech has been on display in the Halston Street entrance since 1894.
Hugh Lane Walking Tour:
IAF Members join a walking tour arranged by the Hugh Lane Gallery. The tour, called ‘Sense of Place’, coincides with the Phoenix Rising: Art and Civic Imagination exhibition in the gallery, which explores the current place of civic ideals in urban life and contemporary art practice. It references Dublin’s 1914 Civic Exhibition which attempted to re-imagine Dublin as “the phoenix of cities” during a period of economic, social and political strife. Orlaith Ross was our guide. More information on the exhibition can be found here.
Tour of The Chocolate Factory Architect: c. 1910 Donnelly & Moore (original)
Intended as a new creative community for Dublin, the former Williams & Woods building on King’s Inns Street is being refurbished and brought back to life. The factory’s concrete frame and beautiful paned windows act as a strong backdrop on each of the four floors. The interventions to subdivide and fit out the space have made creative use of recycled materials, with particularly imaginative repurposing in the rooftop urban farm. An exciting and ambitious project mixing design and the spirit of D.I.Y.
Pigeon House Precinct Walking Tour
This tour through the Pigeon House Harbour includes many impressive building constructions from the 1793 Pigeon House Hotel, to the vast Pigeon House Power Station and to the remnants of the Pigeon House Precinct a former military fort after the 1798 revolution.
Irish Architectural Archive
Guided tour of the archive which represents the greatest single source of information on Ireland’s buildings and those who designed them. The tour will also include the current exhibition celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the US Embassy in Dublin.
Marsh’s Library Tour with Keeper Dr. Jason Mc Elligott
Designed by Sir William Robinson (d.1712) the Surveyor General of Ireland, it is one of the very few 18th century buildings left in Dublin that is still being used for its original purpose, an houses more than 25,000 rare and fascinating books. Writers from Jonathan Swift, to Bram Stoker and James Joyce have all read here. This tour from Keeper Dr. Jason McElligott gave members privileged access to view rare books and manuscripts and included highlights of the Library’s rich architectural history.
NewNowNext – Ole Scheeren – Büro OS 21 November Cancelled Ole Scheeren is a German architect and principal of Büro Ole Scheeren with offices in Hong Kong and Beijing. Educated at the universities of Karlsruhe and Lausanne, he graduated from the Architectural Association in London and was awarded the RIBA Silver Medal. Prior to launching Büro Ole Scheeren in March 2010, Scheeren was Director and Partner along with Rem Koolhaas at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture and led the design and realization of the CCTV Headquarters in Beijing.