Monday, 25 August 2014

Here's the Heads Up #22

American Embassy, Dublin, designed by John M. Johansen, part of Open House Dublin 2014

Upcoming goings on at home and here in London, including one-off events, festivals, exhibitions and designy goings on. Enjoy!


27 August - 30 November: Beyond Pebbledash
National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
The folks behind Redrawing Dublin are back with a 1:1 scale pebbledash house in Clarke Square at the National Museum of Ireland, exploring and questioning how and why we build the way we do in Irish towns and cities.

8 - 12 September: International Academy of Ceramics General Assembly
Dublin Castle, Dublin 2
If ceramics is your bag then read my piece for Image Interiors & Living and then head along to the IAC's 46th General Assembly, hosted in Dublin for the first time. To accompany the Assembly there is a whole host of exhibitions and events around the city that are worth checking out too.

10 September: New Now Next: Minsuk Cho
The Sugar Club, Leeson Street, Dublin 2
The IAF's New Now Next series continues, this time with Minsuk Cho, winner of the Venice Architecture Biennale's Golden Lion 2014 for his work on the Korean National Pavilion. A free event with a Tiger Beer drinks reception afterwards, here's an event I would NOT miss if I were in Dublin...

3 - 5 October: Open House Limerick
Various venues, Limerick city and county
I went to the first ever Open House Limerick a few years ago and was so impressed by the city and county's wide range of architecture and friendly guides and volunteers. There are few better ways to explore a city than through Open House, so if you're in the area I recommend you check it out.

17 - 19 October: Open House Dublin
Various venues, Dublin city and county
Now in its ninth year, Open House Dublin is easily one of Ireland's best cultural festivals, although I worked on it for several years so I would say that... This year features - of all slick and mysterious buildings - the American Embassy, which would undoubtedly be top of my list to visit if I were there... (Also, they need volunteers. Get in touch if you'd like to help out)

Blisters 2014: Sound Sessions, by Print Club London


12 - 13 September: Blisters Sound Sessions
MC Motors, Dalston, E8 DS
Print Club London (of Summer Screen Prints fame) bring their annual show to Dalston with work and a big fat party celebrating music. 40 prints, 40 editions, 40 pounds with fun and djs to boot.

13 - 21 September: London Design Festival
Various venues, London
I haven't even begun to trawl through this year's LDF programme but I have no doubt there'll be some exhibitions and talks worth heading to once I've done my homework.

20 - 21 September: Open House London
Various venues, London
While I feel like I have a handle on the Dublin edition, I really have NO IDEA where to start with this programme of 800 buildings opening over two days. More homework for me...

25 September - 8 October: City Visions
The Barbican Cinemas, EC2Y 8DS
A season of films and debates on cities and architecture, City Visions includes a day of films and talks on Brazilian architecture, a surprise screening of Guardian readers' favourite city film and more.

Until 12 October: Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture
Design Museum, Shad Thames, SE1 2YD
A pretty extensive overview of American architect Louis Kahn's work, The Power of Architecture takes in monumental buildings, work on urban planning and even Four Freedoms Park, designed by Kahn and completed in 2012, after his death.

25 September - 11 January: Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age
The Barbican, EC2Y 8DS
The exhibition which City Visions accompanies, Constructing Worlds aims to take a comprehensive look at the relationship between photography and architecture, looking at buildings by Le Corbusier, Charles and Ray Eames and more, along with the photography of Andreas Gursky, Bernd and Hilla Becher and others.

Until 15 January: Rapid Response Collecting
The V&A, South Kensington, SW7 2RL
Last year Senior Curator at the V&A Kieran Long announced his Rapid Response Collecting scheme: a change in the V&A's traditional methods of acquiring design objects in order to collect objects that reflect the changing nature of society, manufacturing and culture as soon as they become relevant. The first results of this are now on display in the museum, and is accompanied by a symposium on 18 September. Maybe see you there?!

Rapid Response Collecting in the V&A

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