• Tuesday , 12 November 2019

Capstones Shift Lecture Series

Image from Thomas J. Westropp Photographic Collection, Irish Architectural Archive Image from Thomas J. Westropp Photographic Collection, Irish Architectural Archive

Lecture: The GPO – Changed Utterly

Date: Tuesday 23 February at 6pm

Venue: RIAI, 8 Merrion Square, Dublin

Entry: Free

‘Capstones shift, nothing resettles right. Telluric ash and fire-spores boil away.’

– Séamus Heaney, ‘Anything Can Happen’.

To mark the Centenary of 1916, the Irish Architectural Archive (IAA), the RIAI and its journal Architecture Ireland have developed a joint programme of lectures and articles entitled ‘Capstones Shift: Architectural Legacies of the Easter Rising’ which runs throughout 2016. The lectures are accompanied by a series of articles in Architecture Ireland and focus on a selection of prominent Dublin buildings destroyed or utterly changed by the events of Easter 1916 and later. These buildings were central to myriad social, commercial, political and religious patterns of life. Their absence, or removal from use, would have had an immediate and disconcerting effect on the daily routines and interactions of thousands of ordinary Dubliners as they lived, moved, worked, prayed and entertained themselves in the post-Rising city, quotidian disruptions making unavoidable and un-ignorable the profound political phase-shift that had occurred.

In the first lecture in the series, Stephen Ferguson, Assistant Secretary and Museum Curator at An Post, discusses the historic development of the GPO and its destruction in the Rising at the RIAI on 23 February, 6pm. Stephen is joined by architect Brian Kavanagh, whose practice Kavanagh Tuite Architects have been responsible for a new exhibition venue at the GPO.

All lectures will be published in essay-form in Architecture Ireland in 2016.

Exhibition Capstones Shift – O’Connell Street, The Rising and After. 
Opens 31 May 2016 in the Irish Architectural Archive

Capstones Shift and the RIAI/IAA/Architecture Ireland lecture series will be featured on the official Government 1916 website. Other partners in the overall Capstones Shift programme are the Irish Architectural Archive, the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Irish Architecture Foundation, the Irish Film Institute and UCD Architecture.

For information on the Capstones Shift lecture series, please contact Dr. Sandra O’Connell, Editor, Architecture Ireland, at sandra@architectureireland.ie, or Colum O’Riordan, General Manager, Irish Architectural Archive, at coriordan@iarc.ie.

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