Standard Lives is a series of talks celebrating the ignored and overlooked side of Irish architecture and design. Each event is conceived as a ‘live magazine’ bringing together a range of speakers from a variety of different backgrounds. Four contributors – from the worlds of art, architecture, academia and writing – will make a short presentation on each occasion, with the session’s theme changing from evening-to-evening.
Following a successful opening event at Open House Dublin, the second talk in the Standard Lives series will talk place from 7pm, Wednesday 28 October, at Project Arts Centre. This time round, the adopted theme is This Future That Never Happened. This theme covers the topics of planning (or at least the act of making plans), the ideologies behind the predictions we make and the proposed utopias which were never built.
For this session, there’ll be contributions from Roisín Heneghan (architect, heneghan peng), Brian Ward (Lecturer, DIT), Séamus Nolan (artist, Hotel Ballymun), and Karl Whitney (author, Hidden City), who will each approach the theme of This Future That Never Happened from their own unique perspectives and disciplines.
Regardless of the topic at hand, it is our hope that with each talk we might reveal some of the stories behind the ordinary architecture and everyday icons that shape Irish life. Jumping across scales – from the state of the nation to the state of your manky shower – no aspect of design is understood as being too significant or too small.
Tickets may be booked online via the Project Arts Centre website.