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32 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
28. RetroFirst Campaign | Will Hurst
In this episode, Emmett Scanlon talks to Will Hurst, the Managing Editor of The Architects’ Journal, based in London. Will has been leading the RetroFirst campaign at the Architect's Journal since late 2019. The podcast covers the origins and ambitions of this campaign, at the heart of which is the idea that "the greenest building is the one that already exists". The conversation touches on the challenges faced by all in construction at a time of climate crisis, the reaction of the architecture profession to RetroFirst, the circular economy and why it makes little climate sense to demolish buildings like the Derby Assembly Rooms in Derby. _ ABOUT WILL HURST Will Hurst is an award-winning journalist who has spent his career writing about architecture and construction in the building press and for national titles such as the Guardian, Times and Financial Times. Will has written extensively about the built environment’s contribution to the climate crisis and is currently leading the AJ’s RetroFirst campaign for the re-use of existing buildings. His investigation into the Garden Bridge won him a Press Gazette British Journalism Award in 2017 and was shortlisted for that year’s Paul Foot Award. __ Music is by Sinead Finegan, played by the Delmaine String Quartet (Philip Dodd, leader). The podcast was recorded on Zoom in July 2021. _
81 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
28 Annex | ENTANGLEMENT | Venice Biennale 2021
The 17th Venice Architecture Biennale open-end at the end of May, a year later than intended, due to Covid restrictions and cancellations. This year the Irish pavilion, at what is one of the largest exhibitions of architecture in the world, was commissioned and curated by an interdisciplinary group of architects, artists and researchers, together known as ANNEX. The pavilion is called, Entanglement, and it explores the materiality of data, and the interwoven human, environmental and cultural impacts of communication technologies. As you will hear this is a particularly Irish concern right now, with Ireland currently being the data capital of Europe, which, at its simplest terms, is manifest in the sheer number of large data centres being built on the Island. But is far more complex and far more profound than that, and in the podcast you will here this very contemporary concern with data and the cloud, has resonances with our histories of social and public space and implications for the planet’s resources, because the cloud is greedy. Host Emmett Scanlon speaks to David Capener and Donal Lally, two ambassadors for the six member Annex team. The podcast covers working as part of an interdisciplinary team, the genesis of the pavilion, Ireland as a data capital, the value of exhibitions and the value of the Venice Biennale. Entanglement is due to tour Ireland in 2022. About Annex: Annex is an international multidisciplinary research and design collective, comprised of a core team of architects, artists, and urbanists, whose work operates between and beyond the subject areas of computer science, gaming platforms, technology and public space, data centres, sensor technology, and large technical systems. Members include Sven Anderson, Alan Butler, David Capener, Donal Lally, Clare Lyster and Fiona McDermott. Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council and in 2021 the pavilion also has the support of: The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media; Royal Institute of Architects Ireland; TU Dublin School of Creative Arts; TU Dublin Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media; Trinity College Dublin; CONNECT Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications; University of Illinois at Chicago, Creative Activity Award; Valentia Slate, ARUP, Office of Public Works and Green on Red Gallery. David Capener is an architect, critic, writer, academic and educator. He is a researcher at Technological University Dublin. He has taught on the master’s program at Queens University School of Architecture and has written for The Irish Times, The Guardian, The Sunday Times and numerous other print and online publications. Donal Lally is an architect and principal at zero-degree machine [z-dm], an architecture studio that operates in areas within and beyond the traditional boundaries of architecture, landscape and urbanism. Donal is a Lecturer in Design Theory at TU Dublin. Donal’s PhD project, The Posthuman City, explores how data infrastructures reconfigure human and non-human habitats.
58 minutes | May 25, 2021
26. Self Organised Architecture | SOA | HOUSING
In this episode Emmett Scanlon talks to Padraig Flynn and Tom O Donnell of SOA (Self Organised Housing). In the podcast the pair outline the origins of the group and the social, spatial and architectural potential of community-led housing. The pair present a realistic but optimistic way of understanding and providing housing in Ireland. - About SOA SOA SOA is a not-for-profit action research think tank, formed in 2017 to research and promote cooperative and collaborative approaches to housing in Ireland. We study proven and successful UK, European and North American strategies and look at how these might be adapted to Ireland. In 2019 SOA hosted a series of events on the subject of Community-Led Housing, including an international conference which was attended by over 400 people. Building on the research base generated by this and other activities, throughout 2020 SOA have coordinated a comprehensive multi-stakeholder study to ‘Roadmap a Viable Community-Led Housing Sector for Ireland’. SOA are also currently the Irish partner in the EU Interreg Sustainable Housing for Inclusive and Cohesive Cities (SHICC) project, which seeks to support the establishment of more successful Community Land Trusts (CLTs) in cities across the North-West European region. - About Tom - Tom O’Donnell studied architecture at UCD and in 2000 completed an MPhil at Cambridge University under Peter Carl and Dalibor Vesely. He worked at Cork City Architect’s department on a number of public projects until 2007 and since then, has been in practice in Germany and Ireland. In 2017, he co-founded SOA Research CLG, an action research think tank to promote cooperative and collaborative approaches to housing and community development, where he is currently a co-director. - On Padraig - Padraig Flynn studied architecture in UCD, and currently works in practice with LiD Architecture, an Irish/Berlin architecture and research practice specialising in innovative housing and participative design techniques. Previous work at Cullen Payne Architects (Dublin) and Heren 5 Architecten (Amsterdam) included housing projects at a range of scales in Ireland, London and Amsterdam. Padraig is a founding director of SOA Research, and co-author with Tom of the recently published Roadmapping a Viable Community-Led Housing Sector for Ireland series, which outlines the development of a community-led housing infrastructure for Ireland. Music is by Sinead Finegan and is played by the Delmaine String Quartet. The podcast was recorded on zoom in May 2021.
37 minutes | May 15, 2021
25. NEW EUROPEAN BAUHAUS | Orla Murphy
In 2020 EU President Ursula von der Leyen launched the New European Bauhaus, an initiative intending to address climate by and through design. In this episode architect Orla Murphy outlines the values and workings of this initiative and talks about its potential impacts on architecture, on Ireland and on our shared futures on the planet. The conversation also engages with matters of civic and public space and the use of it by people in towns and cities. About Orla Murphy. Orla Murphy B. Arch M. RIAI is a part-time Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture Planning and Environmental Policy (APEP), Co-Director of the UCD Centre for Irish Towns (CfIT), and owner of Custom Architecture. Orla has been External Examiner in CCAE and invited speaker at UL, CCAE, WIT and TUD. In 2018 Orla was Co-Commissioner and Co-Curator of FREE MARKET, Ireland's national representation at the architecture biennale, Venice. In 2020 Orla was appointed to the round-table group for the New European Bauhaus. Music is by Sinead Finegan and is played by the Delmaine String Quartet. The podcast was recorded on zoom in May 2021.
67 minutes | May 5, 2021
24. UP NORTH | A Conversation on architecture in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland is 100 years old on May 3rd 2021. In this podcast Emmett Scanlon speaks to four people working in and through architecture in Norther Ireland. Aidan McGrath is a director of McGonigal McGrath architects. Jane Larmour leads ArighoLarmourWheeler architect based in Dublin and Belfast. Aisling Rusk is founder of Studio Idir and Ciaran Fox is the Director of the RSUA (Royal Society of Ulster Architects). What follows is a broad conversation in which individually and collectively the quartet outline their own understands of the current terms and conditions in which architecture is being commissioned, designed, built and finally shared with a public. Naturally the specific political context of Northern Ireland comes up - you will have heard Aidan refer to this in the introduction - and we hear how this might be driving and informing types of architectural practice. __ Music is by Sinead Finegan, played by the Delmaine String Quartet (Philip Dodd, leader). The podcast was recorded on Zoom in April 2021.
6 minutes | Apr 25, 2021
BONUS: The Crawford Gallery
In this bonus episode of the podcast, Emmett Scanlon laments the continued closure of rooms for art. He recalls from memory, time spent in the Crawford Gallery in Cork. In the end, these recollections provide some clues as to what it is that buildings do all day. __ Music is by Sinead Finegan, played by the Delmaine String Quartet (Philip Dodd, leader). The podcast was recorded on Zoom in April 2021.
69 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
23. Nathalie Weadick | DESIRE
In this episode host Emmett Scanlon meets Nathalie Weadick. Nathalie is the director of the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF). The IAF is an independent organisation dedicated to the promotion of architecture as culture. In a wide ranging conversation, Nathalie recalls her early career in Visual Arts and as Director of the Butler Gallery in Kilkenny and how she moved into architecture. The conversation covers risk taking, growing a desire for architecture, the impact of public engagement practices and that the time is here for a new "house" for architecture in Ireland. (The podcast was recorded on zoom) About Nathalie Weadick: Nathalie Weadick is a curator of architecture and spatial practice based in Dublin. She has been the director of the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) since 2007. Through the IAF she has delivered many initiatives exploring the impact of architecture on society, culture, and history. She initiated the development of a BMX Skate and Play Park, a community-led design project with Dublin City Council, Ballyfermot Community, and architects Relational Urbanism. The framework for this project developed into a national program called Reimagine. She established the ongoing and successful National Architects in Schools Initiative and produces Open House Dublin, Ireland’s largest architecture festival engaging thousands annually. From 2013 to 2021 she curated with Arup New Now Next a series of talks in Dublin with David Adjaye, Jeanne Gang, Tatiana Bilbao, Rozana Montiel, Kunle Adeyemi, Workac, Minsuk Cho, Ole Scheeren, Bjarke Ingels, Winy Maas, and Grafton Architects. 2017-2018 she was on the team of assistants to the Curators Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition at Venice. In 2015 she was the Architecture Advisor for Irish Design 2015 and co-curated with Raymund Ryan New Horizon_Architecture from Ireland and presented ten emerging and current Irish practices at the London Festival of Architecture, the Chicago Architecture Biennial, and the Hong Kong/Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale. In 2015/16 she curated We Built This City a series of panel discussions in London, Chicago, and New York about the impact of Irish creativity on global cities. In 2013 she curated The Everyday Experience in the Irish Museum of Modern Art about the impact of architecture on people. In 2008 she co-curated with Prof Hugh Campbell The Lives of Spaces for the Irish Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale and in 2010 she was Commissioner of the Irish exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale. 2004-2007 she held the position of Deputy Director at The Architecture Foundation in London and with Director Rowan Moore produced the London Debates in the Turbine Hall TATE Modern. Formerly, she was Director of the Butler Gallery in Kilkenny for five years, where she curated shows by international artists. She has written for many publications on visual arts and architecture. In 2017 she received an Honorary Fellowship from the RIBA. She is currently researching a Ph.D. at RMIT Melbourne and Queens University Belfast, Schools of Architecture. __ Music is by Sinead Finegan, played by the Delmaine String Quartet (Philip Dodd, leader). The podcast was recorded on Zoom in April 2021.
6 minutes | Apr 10, 2021
BONUS: Home of the Year
In this bonus episode of the podcast Emmett Scanlon offers some thoughts on the popular television show Home of the Year. Far from being passive entertainment, or a how-to-do-it program about making better homes, home-based lifestyle television shows become occasions for viewers to gain an understanding of what might be their shared national domestic identity. These tv shows thrive in societies where home-ownership, above all forms of other domestic tenure, is the most valued and celebrated housing ideology. Does Home of the Year reflect Ireland in 2021? _ Music is by Sinead Finegan and played by the Delmaine String Quartet.
63 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
22. Derek Poppinga | DEVELOPMENT
In this podcast host Emmett Scanlon talks to property developer Derek Poppinga of Mm Capital. In 2015 Mm Capital purchased the Phibsborough Shopping Centre site. In 2020 Mm Capital lodged an application to amend their previously approved project for student housing, proposing instead to include co-living units on the site. The podcast covers several aspects of development in Ireland, including cost and supply, the apparent inability for experts and developers to agree on how much it costs to build housing, the social responsibility of property developers and of course, co-living. About Derek Poppinga: Derek co-founded Mm Capital, an Irish real estate investor and developer in 2013. He is currently developing out c.Eur500m of real estate spread across social housing, standard apartments and co-living to name a few areas. A qualified barrister, he previously worked in roles in Morgan Stanley, Bridgewater Associate and H.I.G. European Capital Partners, working on over €1Bn worth of real estate transactions in this time. __ Music is by Sinead Finegan, played by the Delmaine String Quartet (Philip Dodd, leader). The podcast was recorded on Zoom in March 2021.
53 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
21. Ben Channon | HEALTH
In this episode Emmett Scanlon talks to Ben Channon about mental health in architecture in education, practice and the wider construction industry. The conversation also engages with wider design principles for "healthy buildings" and post-occupancy evaluation. About Ben Channon: Ben Channon is an architect, author, TEDx speaker and mental wellbeing advocate, and is well known in the industry as a thought leader in designing for happiness and wellbeing. He is a Director at wellbeing design consultancy Ekkist, where he helps clients and design teams to create healthier places, and researches how buildings and urban design can impact how we feel. He developed an interest in design for mental health, wellbeing and happiness after suffering with anxiety problems in his mid-twenties. This led him to research the relationship between buildings and happiness, which formed the basis of his first book: Happy by Design. Ben now speaks on this subject to businesses and universities around the world. Ben then went on to qualify as WELL Accredited Professional, broadening his knowledge to encompass design for physical wellbeing. In January 2020 he was invited to join the WELL Mind Advisory panel, using his expertise to raise the bar for healthy buildings worldwide. In 2017 Ben co-founded the Architects’ Mental Wellbeing Forum, which is focused on improving mental health within the industry. He is also an accredited mindfulness practitioner with the Mindfulness Association, and is interested in how buildings can help us to be more mindful and present every day.
67 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
20. Eoin Ó Broin | ARCHITECTURE
In this episode Emmett Scanlon talks to Eoin Ó Broin about architecture, planning, participation and the public value of architecture. And a little about housing too. About: Eoin Ó Broin: Eoin Ó Broin is a Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Mid West and the party’s spokesperson for Housing, Local Government and Heritage. He has been a Sinn Féin activist for 22 years in Belfast and Dublin, was elected to Belfast City Council and South Dublin County Council and is author of a number of books including HOME: why public housing is the answer (Merrion Press 2019) and Defects: living with the legacy of the Celtic Tiger (Merrion Press 2021) __ Music is by Sinead Finegan, played by the Delmaine String Quartet (Philip Dodd, leader). The podcast was recorded on Zoom in February 2021.
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