Eoghan Horgan and Kieran Cremin, recent graduates of the Masters of Architecture at the Cork Centre for Architectural Education (CCAE), have been named as the winners of the European Association for Architectural Education Prize (EAAE) for Innovation. Their project Entangled City/ Reconciling Cultural Dissonance, which ‘addresses the cultural dissonance between Prague’s history and present day tourist industry,’ was honoured by the European Architectural Medals Best Diploma Prizes 2015 in Bucharest.
The new projects are intended to thrive on the social symbiosis of tourists and local residents, and comprised five sites within the old city context. The project handles the relationship between mass tourism and local culture in unexpected ways, establishing a new political framework for the discussion. The Jury noted that the ‘the five projects are beautifully drawn ideas, giving a freedom for interpretation.’
‘Kieran Cremin and Eoghan Horgan’s project is a carefully constructed and provocative new assemblage for the city of Prague. Its intelligence in best understood in the way it comprehends subtle historical tendencies present in the city such as surrealism, astrology, astronomy etc. and folds these into a new constellation of architectural “elements”. Such is the placing and entanglement of these within a number of sites within the historic city, that a thoroughly convincing and radically new future “imaginary” is established for Prague; at once delighting and perpetuating the contradictions of this magnificent historic city,’ said Jason O’Shaughnessy, MArch Course Director, CCAE.
Another graduate Aisling Byrne was shortlisted for her project Collective Amalgam Ephemeral Traces, which ‘centres around the unique experience of Prague by its writer, as a city of more than tourist culture.’
Organised by UAUIM, together with EAAE and ACE, the awards seek to acknowledge the Best Diploma Project in architecture and are open to students enrolled in an Architectural School in Europe at Masters level who have defended their Diploma Projects in 2014 – 2015 academic year.
The awards recognise the highest level of design knowledge and skill employed in addressing three influential themes of architectural design: problematic approach (intensity in problem seizing/solving), social and climate impact (responsibility and resilience), and innovative response (originality and excellence). Eoghan, Kieran and Aisling were tutored by Jason O’Shaughnessy and Eve Olney.
Both projects will be presented in an upcoming Architecture Symposium in February 2016, which will be hosted at the CCAE and involve all seven Schools of Architecture in Ireland presenting their work together. Further details will be announced in the coming weeks.