Date: Friday 26 August, 3pm-4pm
Venue: IMMA- Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital Kilmainham
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Considering A Fair Land and its alternative perspectives of living, Gráinne Hassett, founding architect of The Calais Builds project, reflects on the building of the structures of a society and town. Hassett organised and built a major community infrastructure of Calais refugee camp including a women’s and children’s centre, a therapy and community space, a vaccination unit and youth centre. Discussing the importance of architectural research through practice, Hassett addresses some of the projects most pertinent issues regarding the political, social and environmental issues that continues to drive her work at the camp.
The Calais Builds project produced drawings of the camp in 2016, exhibited at The Barbican London in June and currently at Southbank until October 2016.
Grainne Hassett is a practising architect with Hassett Ducatez Architects and Senior Lecturer and member of the Advisory Board at the new School of Architecture, University of Limerick (SAUL). She regularly reviews work in Irish Architecture Schools and has reviewed at Yokohama, Turin, Stockholm, Lille and StrathclydeSchools of Architecture. Since SAUL started in 2005 under the leadership of Merritt Bucholz and together with her colleagues, she has worked to shape the culture and accreditation of SAUL at UL, leading and developing pedagogy, developing ongoing teaching initiatives, SAUL IU (SAUL Intelligence Unit) Projects, developing policy, developing other University wide projects and connections with industry, local government and the international community.
Hassett Ducatez Architects is committed to a close connection between architecture and its own research. As architectural thinking advances through its negotiation of the architectural project within society- with technology, art, law, financial instruments and other myriad strategies, this practice is the field of research. It informs Gráinne’s teaching. The work has received the Downes Medal for Architectural Excellence, 11 prestigious architectural awards in Ireland, been nominated for the Mies Van Der Rohe prize and the UK YAYA prize, and has been exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale amongst other featured, lectured, published, or exhibited scenarios nationally and internationally.
This talk is part of A Fair Land: Reinvent/Discuss/Debate series; daily talks by project participants and invited speakers to prompt discussion about the function of creativity in our lives, alternative perspectives on living, and the elemental things we need in our individual systems.
A Fair Land 12 – 28 August 2016
This year IMMA is collaborating with Grizedale Arts who, following a period of research and development in IMMA’s residency programme, will create an extraordinary new project, in collaboration with IMMA, that examines the ‘usefulness’ of art by inviting artists and creatives to take over the iconic IMMA courtyard this summer. Echoing the role artists played in creating in articulating a new vision for Ireland pre-1916, A Fair Land will be developed and activated by a range of artists and creative practitioners with the aim of creating new, artist-led visions for a functioning future society. Read more about A Fair Land http://www.imma.ie/en/