Lectures: 72 Conferences and talks

Time in the Novel by Kim Stanley Robinson

7 April 2015 5:30 pm at SAUL Studio

SAUL (School of Architecture University of Limerick) and The Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies UL are proud to welcome one of the most renowned writers of science fiction, Kim Stanley Robinson, to SAUL on 7th April where he will present a lecture entitled “Time in the Novel”. The opening welcome will be made by SAUL Professor Merritt Bucholz followed by an official greeting by Professor Don Barry, President, UL. Professor Emeritus Tom Moylan will then make an introduction.

This SAUL public lecture is free but registration is required beforehand at the following link.

This lecture forms part of ‘A Week With Kim Stanley Robinson’ from 6th-10th April, a unique, interdisciplinary series of events including readings, workshops, lectures, conversations, and site visits, many of which are free to the public (details attached).

Kim Stanley Robinson is a towering, multi-award-winning figure in science fiction, and he has authored over 20 books, including the Mars trilogy(1993-1997) and Aurora(2015). His work deals with some of the most critical social, economic, and environmental issues facing our world, particularly in relation to ecological sustainability, world building, and utopian possibilities. Robinson’s writing resonates with the ethos of the Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies, which was established in 2003 with a research agenda based on the premise that social values, policies, and practices are shaped by hopeful, utopian visions which is critical to the betterment of life for all members of society.

As Founding Director of the Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies, which is named after the nineteenth century Ralahine Cooperative in Newmarket-on-Fergus, Professor Emeritus Tom Moylan notes that Robinson’s visit to Limerick and Tipperary marks “a significant moment in the Centre’s twelve-year history of conducting research, teaching, and public programmes on all topics of utopian studies.” Moylan continues, “Kim Stanley Robinson’s work entertains and challenges readers of all generations. Unafraid of writing critical accounts of the world as it is, he is no less afraid of generating realistic future alternatives. Whether in near-future science fiction dealing with rapid climate change or more far-reaching accounts of the settlement of Mars or stories about prehistory or time travel to the future, Robinson is simply one of the best. We are privileged here at UL to have him with us as our guest for a week.”


Short Biography:
Kim Stanley Robinson is a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the bestselling Mars trilogy and the critically acclaimed Forty Signs of Rain, The Years of Rice and Salt and 2312. In 2008, he was named a “Hero of the Environment” by Time magazine, and he works with the Sierra Nevada Research Institute. He lives in Davis, California.

The new ways we make. Diatom Studio by Greg Saul in conversation with Leo Scarff

25 March 2015 6:00 pm at Fab Lab Limerick

The new ways we make is a talk series organized by Fab Lab Limerick with the support of Irish Design 2015 about the impact of digital fabrication in design. Digital fabrication have been used for rapid prototyping in the manufacturing industry for more than two decades now. New open source designs for 3D printers, laser cutters and CNC machines have dramatically lowered the entry cost for these technologies making them accessible to all short of creative disciplines. Designers, craftspersons and architects are using digital fabrication to redefine design at its very core, from new professional roles, to alternatives to mass manufacturing and traditional consumption models.

Greg Saul, Diatom Studio http://diatom.cc & http://sketchchair.cc London, United Kingdom. Greg is a designer, programmer, maker who is interested in challenging the roles of the consumer and designer through his work. Diatom.cc is his independent design and invention practice based in London in which he explores the possibilities that digital tools offer to give the end user a role in the design process.

Leo Scarff http://www.leoscarffdesign.com Leitrim, Ireland. Leo is a product designer, design lecturer, consultant and exhibition curator originally from Dublin now based in Manorhamilton, County Leitrim. He has over 20 year experience in the design world, having set up his design studio in 1997 and has lectured on product design and design history since 1999. Currently he is working on setting up a Fab Lab in Manorhamilton with three other collaborators.

The talk will be moderated by Javier Burón, Fab Lab Limerick Director.

Strategies and Tactics by Kazys Varnelis

4 March 2015 5:30 pm at SAUL Studio

BIOGRAPHY: Kazys Varnelis is a lecturer at the School of Architecture, University of Limerick and also teaches at Columbia University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the Director of the Network Architecture Lab and co-founder of the conceptual architecture/media group AUDC. He has exhibited widely in places such as High Desert Test Sites, the New Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art. He is co-author of Blue Monday: Absurd Realities and Natural Histories, editor of the Infrastructural City. Networked Ecologies in Los Angeles, Networked Publics and The Philip Johnson Tapes: Interviews with Robert A. M. Stern, all published in 2008. He received his Ph.D. in the history of architecture and urban development from Cornell University in 1994, where he completed his dissertation on the role of the spectacle in the production of form and persona in the architecture of the 1970s.

Local Motive by Deirdre A Power

18 November 2014 5:00 pm at SAUL Studio

Power’s practice, premised on the need for radical social change, brings the cultural agenda to the heart of the body politic. She aims to promote dialogue between public agencies and citizens, to engage with the complexities of spatial planning and development, and to foreground the role of the citizen in the planning process. She has led various collaborative projects with civic groups including Urban Tree Project, Tree Council of Ireland, EVA International, and The Hunt Museum. She is represented by the Phatory Gallery, New York and has held residencies at the McDowell Colony, New Hampshire, USA and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Monaghan.

‘Assemble London’ by Fran Edgerly-James Binning

11 November 2014 5:00 pm at Fab Lab Limerick

ASSEMBLE are a young award-winning practice of designers, researchers and artists whose work focuses on public space and collaborative practice. Three years ago they established their office in the form of Sugarhouse Studios, in the Olympic Fringe of East London.

This lecture will discuss the iterative development of this space in relation to Assemble’s practice and the surrounding communities: from Cinema and Pizzeria, to workshop and studio complex. This includes a number of local projects in the surrounding areas of Bow and Stratford that have been made possible by Assemble’s residency in Sugarhouse.

Who built Georgian Limerick? by Judith Hill, Architectural historian, Trinity College, Dublin

4 November 2014 5:00 pm at SAUL Studio

Judith will look at the roles of the agencies and individuals who were involved in the construction of Limerick’s Georgian new town; landowners, speculators, architects, craftsmen, local and central government.

Who built Georgian Limerick?

New Pangaea by Francesca Benedetto, Yellow Office, Italy

28 October 2014 5:30 pm at SAUL Studio

Francesca Benedetto has studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano and the Universitade Tecnica de Lisboa. In 2008 she founded YellowOffice, a landscape design and landscape urbanism studio combining research and design. The theme of landscapes is also present in the design of objects and interiors and in the production of exhibitions, videos and illustrations. YellowOffice has been awarded international prizes and competitions and taken part in panels and conferences in major universities such as the Berlage in Rotterdam.

It has also been part of exhibitions such as the 14th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, in the Innesti / Graftings section curated by Cino Zucchi. Aside from working for her own studio, she has kept working as an academic at the Politecnico di Milano, collaborating with professor Stefano Boeri for the course of Town Planning. She has taught at the University of Pisa, the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, the Domus Academy in Milan and Cass Cities in London. In 2014 she has started working as a coordinator for the Master in Land Design at IED in Cagliari.

Francesca Benedetto - New Pangaea

Sustainable Shelter in our future climates by Gerald Fleming

21 October 2014 5:30 pm at SAUL Studio

This talk will examine the likely future for the Irish climate and both the scale and the timing of the expected changes. Globally and nationally, how will we live within the resources which nature provides? What sort of weather will our buildings need to shelter us from, and what materials will be available to us? How will our community structures need to adapt? While it is clear that many aspects of Irish life and living that we take for granted cannot continue indefinitely, it is far from clear what will take their place.

Gerald Fleming took out B.Sc and M.Sc degrees in Experimental Physics in UCD before joining Met Éireann in 1980. He has worked in weather forecasting for the past 30 years, and is currently Head of the Forecast Office. He is a past Chairman of the International Association of Broadcast Meteorology and was Co-Chair of the First World Conference on Broadcast Meteorology (Barcelona, 2004). A member of the Irish Meteorological Society and the American Meteorological Society, he is also active in the European Meteorological Society. He chairs the Public Weather Services Group for the World Meteorological Organisation. Outside of Meteorology he is a past Chair of Wexford Arts Centre and active also in Wexford Swimming Club and in Leinster Swimming. His wife, Mary Duggan, ran her own architectural practice for 25 years.

Working methods in architecture by Mikala Holme Samsøe and Amandus Sattler

8 October 2014 5:00 pm at SAUL Studio

Mikala Holme Samsøe is an Architect from the Royal Danish Art Academy of Fine Arts. She is part of the daily management of the Henning Larsen Architects’ office in Munich, with responsibility for new projects and the development of the office. She works in the initial project stages and has many years experience in managing complex architectural development processes in both private and public organisations. As an architect and International Master of Leadership and Innovation, Mikala has special knowledge about strategic planning and learning in organisations and she is especially interested in how architecture and physical planning can be used strategically to develop organizations and cities. – In her lecture she focuses on working methods in architecture by showing a case story about interdisciplinary working methods and sustainable housing.

Amandus Sattler is a principal in the Munich firm of Allmann Sattler Wappner (est. 1987). The assignments of this award-winning practice encompass the entire range of architectural activity. In urban planning, public, residential and commercial buildings as well as work in the field of product design, the holistic design methodology embraces the entire process from draft to detail. The work is characterised by the search for a context-related dialogue, identifying with the surroundings at the same time as offering structural openness, appropriate consumption of resources and precision in the execution. Based on an integrated approach, the teams work closely together with engineers, artists and specialists from other fields. Amandus combines his successful practice with diverse teaching positions in Germany and internationally.

This lecture is organised in collaboration with the Goethe Institut Dublin.

Place and Meaning; Mullaghmore in the Burren by Brenda McGrath

30 September 2014 5:00 pm at SAUL Studio

Brenda McGrath’s lecture, entitled Place and Meaning; Mullaghmore in the Burren, marks the visit of the author of Landscape & Society in Contemporary Ireland to UL, as well as forming part of ‘Local’, the Lecture@SAUL Series for Autumn 2014.