Exhibition: 25.06.2013 – 05.07.2013
Unit 10 - Transitional Strategies for Dublin and Limerick
Making a Measure by Fiona MacDonald
Unit led by Signy Svalastoga, Jonathan Cook & Nina Scholz with Rose Nag
About the show
The unit is concerned with developing and designing interventions across a range of scales and ambitions, and seek as far as possible to develop authentic proposals in socially, economically, politically and environmentally challenging contexts. Central to the philosophy of the unit are the notions of tolerance, generosity, an economy of means and time.
Unit 10 is looking for inspiration from the ordinary and every day as well as carefully designed and crafted architecture and urban spaces that have stood the test of time. Through our design processes we encourage students to develop their own individual design sensibilities in response to the given context.
Starting from a concrete situation of urbanity the unit stresses the use of a combination of research, thinking methodologies, and creative practice to propose strategic interventions that span extremes of scale, from the immediate and personal, to the collective and geographical. A common attitude and investigation into the material manifestation of the environment underpins continuity from the detailed to the large scale. Architecture, Landscape and Urbanism themselves are not seen as a shift in scalar thinking, but as overlapping and inseparable fields occupying the same territory.
We emphasize the development of intuition and process to test and develop new forms of architecture, landscape and urbanisms in practice as well as questioning the current state of play. We work with students as fellow innovators in a programme that is both visionary and hands on in seeking to propose architectural and urban futures that are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable, distinctive and enjoyable.
Dublin and Limerick
This year’s programme was located in Ireland, where we collaborated with colleagues at University College Dublin and Limerick School of Architecture, and developed urban, landscape and architectural strategies and proposals for the two locations. In Limerick we will engaged in a collaboration with the School of Architecture, University of Limerick [SAUL] and Parsons School of Design, New York called ‘Vertical Limerick.’ We focused on issues of rural versus urban (economic) diversification, rural depopulation, development in areas of outstanding beauty and fragility, urban agriculture and biodiversity. We developed strategies and detailed proposals for both, addressing the disastrous boom and bust cycle, urban over-heating and a rural economy over-reliant on tourism and grant aid.
Artur Felix Da Cruz
Yu Pin Chan
William Le Gresley
With particular thanks to
Digimap Ireland for giving free access to digital maps
Sheilla O’Donnel and John Tuomey
Shelley MacNamara and Yvonne Farrell
Staff and Students at University College Dublin
Staff and students at the School of Architecture, University of Limerick
David Derby of Pryce & Myers
Neil Daffin of Max Fordham