Over the past few months, you may have noticed a new article appearing on our website once a week. The topic varying with each arrival, such essays may investigate the history of our city’s streets; the theories behind what we make and why; or examples of how we might learn from the urban culture of foreign lands. This body of work is part of a recent initiative, called AI extra.
It is a project that seeks to bring together writers and bloggers with an interest in architecture and the built environment, providing them with a public platform to critique and discuss some of the contemporary concerns in architectural discourse today. It is by pursuing this goal that we hope to create a space online which can offer regular updates and fresh insights in architectural thinking.
In the age of digital media, print is far from dead – but it remains limited in the formats available, subjects that are suitable and temporal relevance. Similarly, we are aware that the constrictions of this medium can inherently restrict the range of voices who may contribute to the broader idea of culture that we call architecture. In response to this, it is hoped that AI extra can play a significant role in stimulating a rich conversation by encouraging new writers, proposing alternative design practices and projects, and engaging with a wide audience across Ireland and beyond.
So as Christmas approaches and we prepare to take a break for the next few weeks, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have contributed to AI extra so far, and to everyone who has read and shared our articles since the project began. We’ll be returning in the new year with more writings and writers, and hope you’ll continue to join us for each weekly update. In the meantime, if you’d like to know more about the initiative or would be interested in becoming a contributor, please get in touch by filling out the contact form here.
Finally, whether you’re a first-time arrival or returning reader – welcome (belatedly) to AI extra.