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Revolution of the Present

2 October 2014 5:00 pm at SAUL Studio

European Premiere of Documentary Film Screening, 5pm October 14th SAUL Main Studio CG-042.

Introduced by Kazys Varnelis of Network Laboratory/Columbia University and SAUL.

Discussion afterwards with Peter Carroll, SAUL Course Director.

Documentary Synopsis

Humanity seems to be stuck in the perpetual now that is our networked world. More countries are witnessing people taking to the streets in search of answers. Revolution of the Present, the film, features interviews with thought leaders designed to give meaning to our present and precarious condition. This historic journey allows us to us re-think our presumptions and narratives about the individual and society, the local and global, our politics and technology. This documentary analyzes why the opportunity to augment the scope of human action has become so atomized and diminished. Revolution of the Present is an invitation to join the conversation and help contribute to our collective understanding. As Saskia Sassen, the renowned sociologist, states at the outset of the film, ‘we live in a time of unsettlement, so much so that we are even questioning the notion of the global, which is healthy.’ One could say that our film raises more questions than it answers, but this is our goal. Asking the right questions and going back to beginnings may be the very thing we need to do to understand the present, and to move forward from it with a healthy skepticism.

Revolution of the Present is structured as an engaging dinner conversation, there is no narrator telling you what to think, it is not a film of fear of the end time or accusation, it is an invitation to sit at the table and join an in depth conversation about our diverse and plural world.

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.

Perspective, Place and Domain in Creative Writing by Giles Foden

18 September 2014 5:00 pm at SAUL Studio

Giles Foden was born in in 1967 to Irish and English parents. He grew up mostly in Africa, spending his summer holidays in north Kerry. Between 1990 and 2006 he worked on newspapers and magazines in Britain, during which period he published his debut novel The Last King of Scotland, which won the 1998 Whitbread First Novel Award. He is author of three other novels — Ladysmith, Zanzibar and Turbulence — and a work of narrative non-fiction, Mimi and Toutou Go Forth. Giles is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Limerick. He has been a judge on the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award, the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award, and the Dublin IMPAC Prize.

Prof. Foden’s lecture, entitled Perspective, Place and Domain in Creative Writing, marks the first gathering of the new interdisciplinary LANDscape Research Cluster at UL taking place that day, as well as forming part of ‘Local’, the Lecture@SAUL Series for Autumn 2014.

 

 

Georgian Lab: Housing Crisis? by Merlo Kelly

9 September 2014 5:00 pm at SAUL Studio

On Tuesday 9th September 2014 there will be a presentation of the work of SAUL Intelligence Unit, the annual summer research unit ran by the School of Architecture at UL. This year’s research unit was called ‘Georgian Lab: Housing Crisis?’. It focused on Limerick’s Georgian core and set out to offer a constructive critique and elaboration of the Dept. of the Environment’s Living Cities initiative. This research work will be coupled with a presentation by Merlo Kelly on her in-depth study carried out on Dublin Georgian architecture as part of her postgraduate studies at UCD.

 

“Poet Engineer and the Poetics of Place” by Richard Blanco

3 September 2014 5:00 pm at SAUL Studio

As part of the Limerick National City of Culture 2014 Visiting Writers Series, Barack Obama’s inaugural poet, Richard Blanco, will spend time at the University of Limerick. His visit to UL will take place during his two-week period as Writer-in-Residence in Limerick. Hosted by SAUL, the School of Architecture, Blanco will give a lecture entitled “Poet Engineer and the Poetics of Place” at 5pm on Wednesday 3rd September 2014 in the SAUL Design Studio at the University. At this event, Blanco will generate a conversation with poems along with extensive commentary about his life as an engineer and its relationship to his poetry, both of which deal with creating and longing for a sense of place.

As both a poet and a civil engineer, Blanco is ideally placed to offer a creative and exciting opening to both SAUL’s Autumn 2014 public lecture series and the School’s academic year. This is a free public event, open to all.

“One ground. Our ground, rooting us to every stalk of corn, every head of wheat sown by sweat and hands, hands gleaning coal or planting windmills in deserts and hilltops that keep us warm, hands digging trenches, routing pipes and cables, hands as worn as my father’s cutting sugarcane
so my brother and I could have books and shoes.”

Extract from ‘One Today’: 2013 Inauguration Poem
Biography: Richard Blanco was born in Madrid in 1968, immigrating as an infant with his Cuban-exile family to the United States. He was raised and educated in Miami, earning a B.S. in civil engineering and a M.F.A. in creative writing from Florida International University. Blanco has been a practicing engineer, writer and poet since 1991. He has travelled extensively in his adult life, living and working throughout Europe and South America. He has taught at Georgetown University, American University, Writer’s Centre and Central Connecticut State University. Blanco currently resides in the tranquil mountains of Bethel, Maine. Blanco was chosen by Obama as the fifth inaugural poet in 2012 following in the footsteps of luminary American writers Maya Angelou and Robert Frost. Blanco is the youngest, first Latino, and openly gay writer to hold this honour and was chosen as Obama believed the poet’s “deeply personal poems are rooted in the idea of what it means to be an American.” Blanco is the author of City of a Hundred Fires (1998), Directions to the Beach of the Dead (2005), Looking for the Gulf Motel (2012), One Today (2013), Boston Strong (2013), and For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey (2013).

Lectures @ SAUL Series Autumn 2014

1 September 2014 5:00 pm at SAUL Studio

The new Lectures @ SAUL Series Autumn 2014 has been released. Lectures will take place in the main Architecture studio CG-042 at 5pm on the specified dates.

Stay tuned for more information.

Design@UL 2014

27 May 2014 7:00 pm at Former Franciscan Church, Henry Street Limerick

Design@UL is an exhibition that brings together a diversity of design work from six undergraduates courses at the University of Limerick

 

An Architecture of Social Intensification by David J.Lewis, SAUL Adjunct Professor Inaugural Lecture

29 April 2014 5:00 pm at SAUL Studio

David J. Lewis is founding Principal of LTL Architects, PLLC and Associate Professor at Parsons The New School for Design in the School of Constructed Environments. David J. Lewis holds a Master of Architecture from Princeton University, a Master of Arts in the History of Architecture and Urbanism from Cornell University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College. At Parsons, he directed the Design Workshop program from 2007 to 2010, was on the faculty for the Solar Decathlon project in 2011 and served as Interim Dean from 2012-13.  He has also taught at Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Limerick, and Ohio State University. He served as a member of the Advisory Board of the School of Architecture at the University of Limerick, Ireland and is currently a member of the Advisory Council of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University. David was appointed SAUL Adjunct Professor in 2014.

This lecture will present the challenges and opportunities of practicing architecture today.  In a world increasingly defined by virtual social networks and isolating personal technologies (smartphones, iPads, etc.), David will argue for architecture’s unique capacity to intensify  the social through the direct organization of space.  New technologies are now inscribed into the material forms of cities, buildings, and dwellings. While these technologies seem to erode the dominance of social relations based on proximity and physical gathering, their pervasiveness has paradoxically placed increasing importance on the interpersonal and the corporeal.  Responding to this paradox in ways formal and contingent, at scales large and small, David will argue for the amplification of social relationships by orchestrating embodied space.

There is a Light that Never Goes Out – The Materiality of Glass by Michelle Howard

22 April 2014 5:00 pm at SAUL Studio

Michelle Howard is an Irish Architect with a practice in Berlin and a Professorship in Vienna. She has spent much of her career collaborating with some of the most important Architectural practices in the world. Notably she spent 6 years from her 20s to early 30s collaborating with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop in both the Genoa and Paris office and then led the project with for the IMAX Cinema complex, part of the Potsdamer Platz urban ensemble in Berlin. In the next 6 years until the end of her 30s she led the construction of two seminal projects for the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, the Dutch embassy in Berlin and the Casa da Musica in Porto. „At last, so sighed the professional world, at last Rem Koolhaas makes with his Office for Metropolitan Architecture, which has had until now through polemic and theoretical furore an undisputed influence on world architecture, really really good architecture.“  Dietmar Steiner, Der Standard newspaper, Austria. Michelle continues to work occasionally with OMA in an advisory capacity.

Michelle Howard is a Professor of Architecture and head of the Platform for Construction, Materials and Technology at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She currently working on a publication which documents the platform and its working methods, called Research, Observe, Make and is due to appear in the coming months.

In her office in Berlin, called constructconcept, she maintains a small structure where she can both contribute to other projects and gain support when her own activities demand it and believes that good architecture is the result of great teamwork. constructconcept is committed to the fusion of design, construction and environment in architecture, without compromise. The interdependency of these elements is constantly reasserted, while existing qualities are rediscovered and enhanced. Rather than searching blindly for solutions we stand back and search for the real questions, finding inspiration in what is already there.

Small Town Studio by Small Town Studio

9 April 2014 1:15 pm at SAUL Studio

Small Town Studio is an 8-week design/build project, involving architects, designers, and students who are invited to collaborate with a rural community in County Limerick, and develop a short built project in Summer 2014. This remarkable collaboration will inspire future engagement and participation with heritage and culture in Limerick. Small Town Studio is partially funded by Limerick City of Culture 2014.

Small Town Studio is an ongoing project – we are going to talk about how it came about. How other work we have done and ideas and precedents have contributed to the type of project this is. We will talk about what we have done so far – The project has been developing in a really promising way, we got a huge response to our calls for interest back in December. We have been meeting and discussing with each of the communities already, and we will be going through some of the project ideas that came out of that. We’ll talk about what we have lined up for this year, how it’s going to work, and we will talk about how you can get in touch/participate.

Eleanor Moloney graduated from SAUL in 2011. Participated in SAULFab in 2009; Teaching Assistant, SAUL 2010 “Vandalised Monuments IV” EV+A 2012; “Under Your Feet” 2012; Manasc Isaac Architects (Project Architect) Canada 2013; Partner, Small Town Studio.

Ger Walsh graduated from SAUL in 2012. Participated in Koshirakura Landscape Design Workshop, Japan 2013 (http://www.koshirakura.org/); Participated in urban design workshop, for Ch?? City Council, Tokyo 2013; Collaborator/Model-maker, Limerick FabLab; Partner, Small Town Studio.