New Horizon_architecture from Ireland, a series of presentations of the work of emerging Irish practices in three high-profile venues around the world, has its third outing as part of the 2015 Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB), opening at the Former Dacheng Flour Factory, Shekou.
Selected by curators Nathalie Weadick of the Irish Architecture Foundation, and Raymund Ryan of the Heinz Architectural Center at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art, New Horizon_architecture from Ireland will present the work of two practices: AP+E (Laurence Lord and Jeffrey Bolhuis) and Urban Agency (Andrew Griffin and Maxime Laroussi).
Working with Irish photographer and filmmaker Matthew Thompson and Areaman Productions, they have created a sensory environment of concentric curtains within which two short films exhibit parallels in the daily life of both Shannon and Shenzhen today. The idea that the fundamental principles behind Shenzhen were originally modelled on a small Irish town and the spectacular jump in scale that the concept has undergone since, is the starting point of the Ireland Pavilion. The historical connection between both cities is told through archive photographs while the current connection between both places is investigated through the medium of two short documentary films. AP+E and Urban Agency have interpreted the Biennale’s theme, Re-Living The City, to compare and contrast everyday life in two communities half-a-world apart, foregrounding the legacy, need and potential for urban design and planning to better the daily lives of citizens of all nations.