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Green Door Festival

Fri 29 September, 7:00pm

Green Door Festival

7.00pm Reception  7.30pm Debate "Building, Dwelling, Thinking'

Chair, Dominic Stevens.  Speakers, Jingru Cyan Cheng - A split household: Contemporary rural home for China’s Floating Population. Deirdre McMenamin - Configured rurality, models of rural habitation. Marcus Donaghy and Will Dimond - Material knowledge.

8.30pm:  Break-Out Sessions with Refreshments Take a plate of canapés and a glass of something into one of the breakout sessions led by each of the speakers. This is chance to chat and respond to some of the issues bought up in the debate.

9.30pm:  Plenary Feedback from the groups and a summary from the speakers.

Building, Dwelling, Thinking' The philosopher Martin Heidegger’s essay Bauen Wohnen Denken (Building, Dwelling Thinking) was first presented at an architectural conference in Germany entitled Mensch und Raum (Man and Space) in Darmstadt, Germany in 1951. For the architect it is a significant critique of the way in which we produce housing. Heidegger was responding in particular to the post war housing boom in Germany though the essay is as relevant today as it was then. As a philosopher Heidegger connects these three terms building, dwelling and thinking together by exploring their roots in old German; all three come from the same word root. He asserts that, to be, to farm, to dwell and to build all are derived from the verb group Bauen buan büren beuren and are connected with the verb to be (ich bin etc.) and all relate to the act of to cherish, to protect and to dwell.

Jingru Cyan Cheng : A Split Household: Contemporary Rural Home for China’s Floating Population

Director of the Architectural Association Wuhan Visiting School and a PhD by Design candidate at the Architectural Association, London, UK. Her research interest lies in cross-scale design issues in rural-urban regeneration at the levels of territory, settlement and home. Cheng has given presentations internationally, including the research on the people’s commune in Columbia University, the United State, research on Chinese rural family house, in Stockholm, Sweden, the design project of the new rural collective in Edinburg, UK and Letterfrack, Ireland, and invited talks in Beijing Design Week and Nanjing International Art Festival, China.

Marcus Donaghy and Will Dimond: Material Knowledge 

 Donaghy + Dimond Architects was established in 2001 by Marcus Donaghy and Will Dimond. The practice has developed a reputation for high-quality innovative, sustainable design. In 2012 the studio was nominated for the BSI Swiss Architecture Prize for excellence in sustainable architectural practise. For their sustainable new build and conservation work at Inchicore Model School the practice has been awarded: RIAI Best Educational Building 2015; AAI Downes Medal 2016 – The premier Award of the Architectural Association of Ireland for excellence in architectural  Design in Ireland. EU Mies Award 2017 – European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – The 40 Best Works of Architecture. Marcus Donaghy and Will Dimond lecture in Architecture at UCD and conduct thesis units under the topics of Continuity and Ecology.

Deirdre McMenamin:Configured Rurality Models of Rural Habitation

Deirdre co-founded LiD Architecture in 2002.  LiD is an award-winning Architecture practice also engaged in research and collaborative artistic practice. Their work is focused on issues of occupant experience and in the use of landscape strategies in architecture. LiD are involved in developing best practice in Housing and have developed methods of participatory design and public engagement. Formerly a member of the Yellow Space Research Group (2005-2009) who looked at ways of supporting citizen-led initiatives in the built environment, she is involved in Architecture education in Ireland as a tutor and invited reviewer. She is currently engaged in research on vernacular environments at the University of Ulster Belfast.

Chair: Dominic Stevens

Irish architect Dominic Stevens is known for his award winning practice, writings and artistic installations. He also teaches at eth Dublin School of Architecture (DIT)