Architecture in the Biosphere by Irénée Scalbert
28 January 2014 5:00 pm at Room CO-O67, Main University Building, UL
Irénée Scalbert is an architecture critic based in London. He is a Visiting Lecturer at the School of Architecture at the University of Limerick. He was a Visiting Design Critic at Harvard University. He currently holds the Sigfried Giedion chair at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture, Paris-Malaquais.
‘Art, Science and the Environment: a merry little dance’ by Simon Read
26 November 2013 5:00 pm at Room CO-O67, Main University Building, UL
Simon Read is a visual artist who, having practiced within a conventional arts milieu for many years, decided to commit himself to exploring how he might contribute to a more profound understanding of environmental change. He quickly understood that the orthodox mechanisms for promoting art are not capable of fostering this discourse and that he should seek fresh paradigms. For nearly twenty years he has increasingly collaborated with communities, fellow academics and governmental institutions to encourage a sense of societal ownership and responsibility. This has been largely focused upon coastal and estuarine environments, in particular those of East Anglia UK, where he lives and also has intimate knowledge of coastal dynamics through the ownership of a seagoing barge.
Program of public conferences
15 November 2013 8:45 pm at SAUL Studio
Since 2011, i2a istituto internazionale di architettura in Vico Morcote has promoted infrarealities, a program of studies on infrastructure and contemporary urban landscape with the goal of creating management and landscape development tools, to be used by public and private organizations and academic institutions. The area chosen as the perfect case-study is the valley of the Vedeggio, in Ticino.
This program collects the contributions of universities from around the world, developed with their students during residences at i2a in Vico Morcote. They thus take part in the research process and offer the possibility of a critical through via debates and conferences in order to question the program via design experiences from very different backgrounds (often with common objectives).
From Sunday 14 October to Saturday 3 November 2012, three schools will be based in Vico Morcote: SAUL-School of Architecture from the University of Limerick (Ireland), the Master in Urban Vision and Architectural Design of Domus Academy in Milan and the Fakultät für Architektur-Fachhochschule in Köln. In occasion of their stay in Ticino, a program of public conferences will be held at i2a istituto internazionale di architettura (first floor hall, Portich da Sura 18, Vico Morcote, Switzerland):
Monday 15 October, 8.45 pm
Jachen Könz (architect, Lugano). Infrastructure and architecture.
Wednesday 17 October, 8.45 pm
Anna Ryan (lecturer in architecture, SAUL-School of Architecture, University of Limerick). Where the Land meets the Sea.
Friday 19 October, 8.45 pm
Grainne Hassett (Hassett Ducatez Architects, Dublin). Works Matters.
Tuesday 23 October, 8.45 pm
Gianandrea Barreca (Barreca & La Varra, Milan). Fill the city.
Thursday 25 October, 8.45 pm
Enrico Sassi (architect, Lugano). Città Ticino and other research.
Wednesday 31 October, 8.45 pm
Nicole Beier Cabrini and Sandro Cabrini (Beier Cabrini architects, Lugano). Örtliche Identität.
Thursday 1 November, 8.45 pm
Jochen Siegemund, Amandus Sattler, Julian Kruger, Anthony Quodt (Fakultät für Architektur-Fachhochschule Köln). Corporate architecture.
The events will be broadcast via live streaming on www.i2a.ch.
Amanda Prada: communication, public relations, development
i2a istituto internazionale di architettura
Portich da Sura 18 . 6921 Vico Morcote . Switzerland
t 0041 91 996 13 87 . hc.a2i@adarpa . www.i2a.ch
Sorting!the!spatial!: Ways to interpret spatial complexity by Pål Röjgård Harryan
11 November 2013 4:00 pm at SAUL Studio
Pål Röjgård Harryan is an architect and owner of Harryan architecture and design. He is educated in Copenhagen, Denmark in the Royal Danish art academy. He teaches at KTH`s School of Architecture, Stockholm, Sweden where he is responsible for the master st of “Alteration in context”. He combines the practice of architecture with theoretical research and teaching.
The City within the City by Peter Carroll Architect in conversation with Kazys Varnelis, Architecture Historian & Theorist
8 October 2013 5:00 pm at SAUL Y5 Crit Space, Room C0-067, UL
In the context of Limerick’s future, is it possible to consider precise yet speculative construction as opposed to architectural form as a point of entry towards the project of the city?
Is it possible that the construction that results is not only a physical object but is what survives the idea of the city?
Focusing on the precise yet speculative nature of Georgian construction, a number of enquiries will be raised:
- the continuity of the macro construction of the city founds (vaulted ground floor, raised streets, culverted sewers, shared construction technologies) in the context of a speculative, piecemeal procurement of city
- the capacity of this construction to deal with siting, local environmental conditions, availability of materials
- the resilience of this Georgian ‘city within the city’ to this day and what it offers in thinking strategically about Limerick’s future city
- what lies beneath, what is hidden from view.
Peter Carroll is SAUL Course Director, Director in A2 Architects, Treasurer of DoCoMoMo Ireland and Elected Member of RIAI Council.
Kazys Varnelis is a historian and theorist of architecture, specialising in network culture. He is Director of the Network Architecture Lab at Columbia University’s GraduateSchool of Architecture. Kazys is a member of the founding advisory board at SAUL where he currently teaches history and theory of architecture.
‘Radical & Conservative at Once’ by Kathleen James-Chakraborty and Jan Frohburg
24 September 2013 5:00 pm at SAUL Studio
“Radical and conservative at once” – On the work of architect Mies van der Rohe in the context of wartime America.
Kathleen James-Chakraborty is Professor of Art History at UCD. A graduate of YaleUniversity, James-Chakraborty earned her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught at the University of Minnesota, at the University of California Berkeley, where she was Professor of Architecture, and at the Ruhr University Bochum. James-Chakraborty is a historian of early modern and modern architecture. She is an expert on twentieth-century German and American modernism.
Jan Frohburg studied in Weimar, London, Zurich and Chicago and has practiced and taught architecture in Germany, the U.S. and Ireland. His research interests include design education and the spatial expression of Modernity, focusing on spatial concepts characteristic to the works of Mies van der Rohe.
28 May 2013 5:00 pm at Former Franciscan Church, Henry Street Limerick
‘Design@UL’ is an exhibition that brings together a diversity of design work from five undergraduate courses at the University of Limerick.
SAUL Student Success in Concrete Design Competition
23 April 2013 12:00 pm
Five students who have recently completed their fourth year in the School of Architecture have had success at the recently held Concrete Design Competition, including a team who shared overall first place.
The winning entry was submitted by Ray McGreal and Coilin Dorgeain, Jenny Kingston was third overall, with Bozidar Milosevic and David Williams being awarded 2 of the 3 special mentions awarded this year. This is the fifth cycle of the biennial Concrete DesignCompetition which is an international event with five participating nations, organised in Ireland by the Irish Concrete Society. The theme of this years competition was energy and concrete, and as part of their prize, Ray, Coilin and Jenny will represent Ireland at an international symposium on energy and concrete which will be held this year at the end of August in the Netherlands.
23 April 2013 12:00 am
SAUL + PARSONS School of Constructed Environments are working collaboratively to develop new ideas for the future of Limerick. Virtual design sessions are being run each week between Parsons’ studio in New York City and the SAUL studio in Limerick. At these sessions new ideas, new possibilities, and new futures of a renewed city are explored.
Diane Morgan by Diane Morgan
16 April 2013 5:00 pm at SAUL Studio
Diane Morgan. The Sound of Architecture: Tuning into the Material Resonances of Buildings. School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies, University of Leeds. Final Session in the “The Philosophy of the Detail” Spring Lecture Series. Organised by The School of Architecture University of Limerick.
We cannot live in this barbarity; we must get out of it at all cost, whilst conserving our scientific gravity and our industrial positivism. There are other means to be employed, other forms to create, other combinations (agencements) to be imagined. Through culture, the earth must become one immense garden and work, through its organisation, one vast concert”. Pierre-Joseph Proudhon The Principle of Art and Its Social Function (1865).
Our built environment is often the impoverished product of brutiers or “sad calculators” (Saint-Simon) who, succumbing to economic pressures and statutory restrictions, conceive the world as composed of isolated bodies (corps bruts) to be juxta- or super-posed. A reconsideration of architecture’s nature is needed. A recharged sense of its potential might be gleaned by exploring its synaesthetic attunement with the fluid art of music. Using the C19th French socialist utopians’, Saint-Simon and Proudhon’s, critique of conventional building practices as a theoretical framework, my paper wishes to engage debate about contemporary architectural projects which make use of the sonic effects of materials, in particular in conjunction with water; such projects could be seen to rise to Proudhon’s challenge to transform the world into “one vast concert”. By implication, my paper will emphasize the importance of aesthetically appreciating architecture, not so much via the visual image, as through sonic and auditory waves. It would also be exploring how this reattunement of the medium of architecture to these other senses could be seen to produce ethical effects, which, for the utopian socialists at least, contribute to producing a better society.