London Festival of Architecture 2015, a month-long, citywide celebration of architectural experimentation, thinking and practice, takes place at venues across London throughout the month of June. It sees the first outing of New Horizon_architecture from Ireland, a series of presentations of the work of ten emerging Irish architecture practices, in three high-profile venues around the world and ID2015's flagship exhibition for built environment. Selected by curators Raymund Ryan and Nathalie Weadick, each of the ten practices is allocated to one of the three global cities. Their challenge is to represent key aspects of their work in a setting or installation specific to their site and host city.
King's Cross and the Design Museum are the chosen venues for London and the five emerging practices representing Ireland are Emmett Scanlon, Clancy Moore, TAKA, Steve Larkin and Hall McKnight. Reflecting the essence of ID2015, the architects and designers are encouraged to work together and to collaborate with other emerging talents in contemporary Irish design culture.
New Horizon_architecture from Ireland programme of events:
New Horizon_architecture from Ireland exhibition
1 to 21 June at Lewis Cubitt Square, King’s Cross: A collaboration by architects Clancy Moore, TAKA, Steve Larkin and Hall McKnight. Two temporary structures at King’s Cross will play host to talks, performances and events with other emerging talent in contemporary Irish design culture.
1 to 28 June at TANK, Design Museum: Emmett Scanlon's Nine Lives tells the story of the design and occupation of nine workspaces, each of which has been designed by an emerging Irish architect. These activities will give a unique insight into the installation and the social lives of contemporary Ireland, and their relationships with architecture and design.
2 June at 2pm: Drop in New Horizon talk at Lewis Cubitt Square, King's Cross. A curators’ walk-through at Cubitt Square and the Pavilions with the architects.
2 June, 10am to 5pm and 3 June, 10am to 7pm at Vision in Olympia, Kensington
Irish Architecture – A Sense of Place and New Work by Irish Architects in the UK. Two exhibitions: an online exhibition of award-winning work by Irish architects and an exhibition of current work by Irish architects in the UK. Delivered by the RIAI.
7 Hands – Inspiring Craft from West Cork: A selection of the contemporary Irish craft from West Cork in glass, metal, greenwood, bog oak, clay and ceramics. Delivered by the RIAI.
Future Materials in Irish Design at 3.30pm: A panel discussion with Niall McLaughlin, Angela Brady and Pol Gallagher, chaired by Dr. Sandra O'Connell.
Thursday 4 June at 6pm
Who’d be a Young Architect? At Lewis Cubitt Square, King's Cross: Irish and London architects compare experiences at the start of their careers and we ask if now is a good time to be young in architecture. Panelists include Andrew Clancy of Clancy Moore Architects, one of the designers of the Red Pavilion in which this discussion is hosted. Alastair Hall from Hall McKnight, designers of the nearby Yellow Pavilion. Je Ahn is a Director of London-based Studio Weave. He has worked around the UK and recently in Ireland. Vicky Richardson is Director of Architecture, Design, Fashion, British Council and Ellis Woodman is Director of the Architecture Foundation London. In association with the British Council and the Architecture Foundation.
Sunday 7 June at 2pm
Drop in Nine Lives talk at Design Museum, Shad Thames: Emmett Scanlon talks about his work in New Horizon as an architect and curator of Nine Lives.
Tuesday 9 June at 6.30pm
RIAI – Irish Architecture Walks + Talks London at the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, London School of Economics: Join Royal Gold Medal Winners, O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects, in a public interview with Kester Rattenburry at their multi award-winning LSE Student Centre. Delivered by the RIAI.
Friday 12 June at 7pm
Arrivals at Lewis Cubitt Square, King's Cross: Some of latest generation of Irish in London working in design, visual arts & fashion discuss their current
practice and future horizons with Dylan Haskins, featuring Celestine Cooney (fashion director), Stephen McCarthy (lead designer for Gov.uk) & Sean Lynch (visual artist representing Ireland at Venice Biennale 2015). Join the event here.
Saturday 13 June at 11am
Of Clay and Wattles Made at Lewis Cubitt Square, King's Cross: To coincide with the poet’s 150th birthday, architects read selected works by WB Yeats. In association with the British Council.
Sunday 14 June at 2pm
Drop in Nine Lives talk at Design Museum, Shad Thames: Noel Bowler, photographer, talks about his participation in the Nine Lives exhibition as part of New Horizon.
Wednesday 17 June at 6.45pm
New Now Next at Design Museum, Shad Thames: Panel discussion with Hall McKnight, Clancy Moore, TAKA and Steve Larkin chaired by Olly Wainwright, Architecture and Design Critic, The Guardian. Delivered by the Irish Architecture Foundation and supported by Arup.
Sunday 21 June at 11am
The Sunday Sketch at Design Museum, Shad Thames: A workshop for all abilities, exploring through drawing the theme of Nine Lives. Book here.
Tuesday 30 June at 6.30pm
We Built this City at Rich Mix, Bethnal Green Road: A lively panel discussion about the impact the Irish have on the physical and cultural development of London from historic to contemporary times. Angela Brady from Brady Mallalieu Architects and a past president of RIBA, Dervilla Mitchell CBE from Arup, Niall McLaughlin from Niall McLaughlin Architects, Prof. Mary Hickman, research fellow at the Centre for Irish Studies Twickenham, Ultan Cowley, author of The Men Who Built Britain. We Built This City is presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation in collaboration with Irish Design 2015 and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.