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Our long-running international talks series New Now Next made a welcome return in 2020 with a series of truly inspirational live, virtual talks by a fascinating line-up of world-renowned architects.
The programme, curated and hosted by the Irish Architecture Foundation and sponsored by Arup, is now in its eighth year and in 2020 and early 2021 explored themes that included justice, innovation and the environment.
Dynamic New York-based design studio called SO-IL kicked off the series on Thursday, 29 October. Founders Florian Indenburg and Jing Liu were joined online by moderator James Taylor-Foster, Curator of Architecture and Design at ArkDes, the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design, in Stockholm. SO-IL creates structures that establish new cultures, institutions and relationships around the world. The internationally recognised architecture and design firm are known for developing an iconic structure for the Frieze Art Fair in New York in 2012, the shrink-wrapped gallery façade of Storefront for Art and Architecture in 2015 and for designing the Home Futures exhibition at the Design Museum in London in 2019.
Our second speaker on Thursday 19 November was Japanese architect Akihisa Hirata, considered to be one of the most influential Japanese architects today and widely recognised for his multi-story “Tree-ness” house in Tokyo. Hirata’s practice creates essential architecture by harnessing the laws of nature that govern the organic activities of plants, animals and meteorological phenomena. Akihisa was joined by moderator Pedro Gadanho, architect, writer and curator, and former Director of the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) in Lisbon.
The current series concluded on 11 February 2021 with a lecture by Toni L. Griffin, planning expert and founder of Just City Lab at Harvard School of Design. The Just City Lab is an applied research platform that investigates the ways design can have a positive impact on addressing the conditions of injustice in cities. Griffin’s practice designs transformative social and spatial urban revitalisation frameworks, rooted in addressing historic and current disparities involving race, class and generation. Toni was joined by moderator Michelle Wilkinson, Curator of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian Institute, in Washington D.C.
Recordings of these events will be available to access in the coming weeks.
Commenting on the launch of the eighth series of New Now Next, Nathalie Weadick, Director of the IAF, said: “The purpose of New Now Next is to bring leading international architects to Dublin to inspire audiences who are interested in the innovative research, design and construction of buildings and cities. We’ve adapted New Now Next to the existing societal challenges brought about by Covid-19 and so all our talks will be virtual which is an exciting opportunity for the IAF. We’re seeking to expand the audience for New Now Next beyond Dublin, to people throughout Ireland and internationally who have an interest in and passion for excellence and innovation in design, innovation, social justice, and the environment.”
New Now Next is sponsored by Arup, and all events are free.
Previous New Now Next speakers include: Sir David Adjaye (UK/GH), Sou Fujimoto (JP), Dorte Mandrup (DK), Winy Maas (NL), Peter Bishop (UK), Amale Androas and DSan Wood of Work AC (USA), Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects (IE), Karolina Keyzer (SE), Jeanne Gang (US), Tatiana Bilbao (Mexico), COBE (DK), Urban Agency (IE), Oliver Wainwright (UK), Clancy Moore (IE), TAKA (IE), Steve Larkin (IE), Hall McKnight (NI), Ole Scheeren (DE) Kunle Adeyemi (NG), Andy Groarke (UK), Minsuk Cho (KR), Samuli Woolsten (FI), Laurence Lord (IE), Lucy Jones (IE). All events were delivered in Dublin and one event with Irish architects was delivered in London at the Design Museum (2013-2015).
You can view recordings of some of these previous talks here