*postponed – new date to be announced – refunds have been issued*
Wood Quay Venue, Dublin Civic Offices
D x 3 is a series of talks and panel discussions organised by the Architectural Association of Ireland (AAI) on the topic of Dublin city. Each is based on a single, overarching theme: Character, Community, and Culture. These three themes will be linked to three questions which seek to identify the issues that are shaping the city, examine the reasons why and how these concerns have emerged, and explore alternative models that might offer a more equitable future. They may be summarised as follows:
Why is the city changing – or – what makes Dublin, Dublin?
Thursday 12th of March
Who is affected by and who is influencing this change?
Thursday 19th of March
How can we make a better city?
Thursday 26th of March
Each event will feature four speakers who have been invited due to their knowledge of Dublin and expertise on issues which affect the city. Speakers will present three slides over a three minute period on a subject (or subjects) of their choice. Following these short presentations, the topics raised will provide a number of talking points for subsequent discussion between both panellists and attendees.
For the Culture edition of this series, the AAI is delighted to announce the following speakers/panellists:
Louise Bruton is a journalist, DJ, disability activist, and playwright. She regularly writes about music, TV, women’s rights, travel, social media, access and life as a wheelchair user for the Irish Times, Lonely Planet and Image Magazine. She is also a regular contributor to radio shows, podcasts and panel discussions, either as a guest or host, covering the subjects above and everything else in between.
Sharon Greene is a cultural activist and creative place maker. Through her work as co-founder of the Dublin Flea Market and Creative Director of Queens of Neon, she has witnessed grassroots culture grow, flourish, and struggle to become an established and celebrated part of Dublin’s living heritage. This unique insight, together with her experience working as a Building Conservation Consultant, offers her an interesting perspective on the issues shaping the city and alternative models for a better future.
Philip Lawton is an Assistant Professor in Geography at Trinity College Dublin. His research is focused on the intersection between urban change, governance, and processes of urbanisation. This includes work focused on the changing realities of urban public space, the history of urbanist ideals, and the political economy or urban-regional transformation. As well as focusing on the Irish context, his previous work has examined the broader ideal of the ‘European city’ as it plays out within media representations, in addition to the relationship between film and the city.
Michael Pike is a Director of GKMP Architects and an Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy in University College Dublin. The work of GKMP Architects is primarily concerned with the design of domestic space, both individual houses and housing projects. The practice has also completed two significant public space projects in Waterford and Kilkenny. GKMP has received a significant number of architectural awards and has been exhibited and published internationally, including the Venice Biennale 2018 and the Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015. Michael has recently co-edited a book entitled Irish Housing Design 1950-1980, Out of the Ordinary, published by Routledge (2020). In 2017 he completed a Research Masters in UCD on the housing projects of the Catalan architect, José Antonio Coderch (1913-84).
This event is kindly supported by Dublin City Architects.