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Irish Design 2015 – New Horizon I Architecture from Ireland London Festival of Architechture

As part of Irish Design 2015, for the first time, Ireland has been designated as the 'country of focus' at the London Festival of Architecture. Launched on Monday June 1st by Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan T.D., this month long celebration of architecture will present, discuss and challenge issues within and connected to architecture.

New Horizon_architecture from Ireland, Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) launch an exciting programme of talks & events during London Festival of Architecture(LFA).

New Horizon_architecture from Ireland is a series of installations, presentations and events running during LFA as part of ID2015, a year-long initiative backed by the Irish government exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish design throughout Ireland and internationally. Conceived and curated by Raymund Ryan, Heinz Architectural Center, Pittsburgh and Nathalie Weadick Director, Irish Architecture Foundation and Advisor to ID2015. The month of activities involves emerging and established Irish and international architects, artists, designers and industry leaders. The programme presents creative collaborations with the British Council, Architecture Foundation London, the Design Museum, Irish Architecture Foundation, the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

New Horizon draws its inspiration from important thresholds in the history of contemporary Irish architecture. In 1991 eight practices working collaboratively as Group 91 won the master plan competition for Temple Bar in Dublin City Centre; born in the 1950s, several of these architects have gone on to significant international careers. Between Ireland’s initial Venice Pavilion in 2000 and the most recent in 2014, key architects of the generation born in the 1960s have represented Ireland with flair at the prestigious Venice Biennale International Exhibition of Architecture. The architects participating in New Horizon:Clancy Moore, TAKA, Hall McKnight, Steve Larkin and Emmett Scanlon, belong to the next generation. Born after the 1970s and educated on the cusp of the new millennium, they commenced practice as Europe’s economy encountered formidable challenges. These new practices have not only weathered that storm, they exhibit resourcefulness and optimism in their profession. Each has found a way to practice critically, to look at what exists in nature and the built environment, to discover potential in previously overlooked situations, to collaborate across disciplines and evolve new modes of practice for the 21st century.

Here's our definitive guide to the programme of Irish events happening throughout June at LFA 2015.