Thursday, November 19, 2009
For our next reading group I propose that we find out what Heidegger had to say about architecture, to that end we will be reading "Building Dwelling Thinking" and "Poetically Man Dwells" both by Heidegger. (Both these texts are featured in the book "Rethinking Architecture A reader in cultural theory" ed by Neil Leach, a book which complies philosophers views on architecture) We will be meeting to discuss these readings on Tuesday 1st December, at 7.30, in the Library Bar, Central Hotel, Exchequer St.
I think this will be the last reading group before Christmas, so hope to see you all there, as always please email firstname.lastname@example.org to attend.
Martin Heidegger belongs to the phenomenological school of philosophy, concerned with the nature of being. His seminal work was "Being and Time"
Monday, October 19, 2009
This week's readings are more poetic and lyrical than our last few readings. We have two readings: sections 1 - 4 of Peter Zumthor's Atmospheres proposed by Denis McNulty/Dominic Stevens and In Praise of Shadows by Junichiro Tanizaki proposed by Dearbhla MacManus. As In Praise of Shadows is really one long essay, I propose that we read as much as you have time for.
We will be back in the library bar this week, 7.30 Tuesday. As always please email me
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
This promises to be a really interesting discussion, and as it is our exhibition session we are looking forward to a celebratory atmosphere. It will take place on Tuesday 12th Oct, 7.30p.m. now what? exhibition space, Unit 14 Block C, Smithfield Plaza.
It would be great if those of you who have attended the reading group before can make it.
As always places are limited so please email email@example.com to attend.
(Updated version with pictures is available here.)
Sunday, October 4, 2009
We will be meeting at 7.30 in the Library Bar, Central Hotel, Exchequer St. on Tuesday 6th Oct to discuss these readings. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to attend.
Monday, September 28, 2009
We will be meeting to discuss this reading on Tuesday 29th September in the Library Bar, Central Hotel at 7.30. Please email me at email@example.com to attend.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
We will be meeting to discuss these texts on 22nd September 7.30p.m. Library Bar, Central Hotel, Exchequer St.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to attend.
Again thanks to everyone for coming, see you next week.
New American Library photo.
Monday, September 14, 2009
and Unthinkable Futures both by Brian Eno, and proposed by Nuala Flood. Also this week to compliment the readings we have a video (very 21st century) TED talks Kevin Kelly on the next 5,000 days of the web proposed by Florian Leavy.
We will be meeting to discuss these on Tuesday 15th September at 7.30 in the Library Bar, Central Hotel, Exchequer St. As always please email me at email@example.com to attend.
And this TEDtalk by Blaise Aguera on Photosynth which relates to the idea of small snippets adding up to give a complete picture of the whole.
Thank you to Florian for suggesting these videos.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Our first "in town" reading is proposed by Aideen English. It is an interactive piece by Bruno Latour (text) and Emilie Hermant (photos) and is available here.
As Aideen says "Bruno Latour has been described as a philosopher, anthropologist, and sociologist, but it would seem that applying labels to his work would not be appropriate. A brief account of his work is available here, also his own website http://www.bruno-latour.fr/biography.html
We will be reading the first chapter "Traversing" as a minimum, but I suggest reading as much a possible as it does look very interesting and relevant to the dicussions we have been having so far.
We will be meeting to discuss this reading on Tuesday 8th September at 7.30 at the Library Bar, Central Hotel, Exchequer Street.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
The first "in town" session will take place on Tuesday 8th September.
So now that we have a weeks break, please get your thinking caps on for reading proposals. As always you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you soon, Dearbhla
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
For our next reading group session the texts are proposed by me! I don't really want to say to much about the texts, I would rather that the readers bring their own responses on Tuesday 18th. The texts are:
Lived Space Embodied Experience and Sensory Thought from Encounters by Juhani Pallasmaa and
The Necessity of Distance Setting the Position for Critical Spatial Practice by Catharina Gabrielsson from Curating Architecture and the City Edited by Sarah Chaplin and Alexandra Stara.
We will be meeting as usual at 7.30 in the boardroom, in Richview on Tuesday 18th August.
As always please email me at email@example.com if you would like to attend.
Firstly thank you to Paul Kenny for proposing such stimulating texts. Again we had a really interesting session on Tuesday, the reading brought up questions of value, intrinsic value, instrumental value, value systems.
Is something still valuable if there is no-one there to value it?
Does architecture have an intrinsic value? What value system should architects use?
The world we live in has changed completely, is it time for a new value system for humanity, and what values should be prioritised?
We also talked about the responsibility of architects for the impact buildings have on the environment as a whole. Perhaps the value systems we currently operate from, do not take enough cognisance of this impact?
We also discussed the idea of cradle to cradle design, and Gaia theory, the earth as a super-self-regulating organism.
Related reading: Gaia:A New Look at Life on Earth by James Lovelock
and Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the way we make things by William McDonough & Michael Braungart
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Further reading: "The Lost Decade: Ireland in the 1950s" edited by Dermot Keogh, Finbarr O'Shea, Carmel Quinlan.
As you can see next week's topic relates to environmental architecture and is proposed by Paul Kenny of UCD. In his own words; "I would like to focus the reading around the idea of our cultural/social collective definition of 'value' as the basis for many of the current environmental problems and then apply that to architecture through the application of an appropriate value system."
To that end we will be reading chapters 1, 2 and 9 from Christopher Belshaw's book "Environmental Philosophy"
The final reading is a chapter from 'Ethics and the Built Environment' (edited by Warwick Fox) called 'The Conceptual Basis of Building Ethics' and written by Mustafa Pultar.
As always we should be in for a very interesting discussion, if you would like to take part please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, July 30, 2009
There are 3 required reading extracts:
1. Extracts from The Handbook of National Planning and Reconstruction, Dublin 1944
2. Editorial and letters from America, Architecture in Ireland. RIAI Yearbook, 1946
3. Overview of Ireland is Building, Local Government pamphlet, 1951
And there are 2 optional extracts:
1. The Post-War Building Programme, Government White Paper, 1944
2. Extracts from Mervyn Wall, Leaves for the Burning, (London: Methuen, 1952)
The texts are short and very entertaining, and I'm sure it will be a very lively discussion.
As always please email me at email@example.com if you would like to attend.
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Last Tuesday's session was really lively. Thank you to everyone who attended, and thank you to Alan Mee, Seoidin O'Sullivan, and Donal Hickey for proposing the texts. Our discussion ranged from the obsolete nature of traditional mapping, to the need for a new system of government!
In terms of the ownership of common space in particular, the Swedish example of "All Mans Rule" was suggested as a possible solution, where the default position is that of public ownerhsip rather than private. It is this concept which allows the Swedish people to hike and camp anywhere. Some further information is available here and here. Alastair McIntosh's book Soil and Soul: People Versus Coporate Power is an account of this concept applied in Scotland.
We also discussed an example of ground up regeneration, again in Sweden. The Natural Step, a sustainable framework for growth adpoted through consenus of the people. The Natural Step Story by Karl Henrik Robert is available here.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
It was a very successful evening, and I would to thank Hugh Campbell for proposing a very interesting and provocative text.
To join the reading group please email firstname.lastname@example.org, everybody is welcome.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Our third reading group is a primer for the public converstation "Reaction to Crises". The material for this session is proposed by Ellen Rowley of Trinity College. The material for reading explores a period of our architectural history which is not generally discussed, and is very relevant to our current state. This session will take place on Wednesday 5th August, 7.30p.m., boardroom, Richview. Texts will be posted here soon.