Leading landscape designer Kate Orff, from SCAPE, will kick off this year’s series on 27 May. Driven to incorporate resilience against climate change throughout her work, Kate is known for addressing environmental and social issues through complex, creative and collaborative work processes.
The second talk on 9 September will feature UK-based Founding Director of Forensic Architecture Eyal Weizman, who is also a Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures at London’s Goldsmiths University. This emerging academic field was developed at Goldsmiths and involves the use of architectural evidence – relating to buildings and urban environments – within legal and political processes.
This year’s 2021 Pritzker Prize Laureates Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal will conclude the series on 25 November, where they will discuss their work in a talk moderated by the 2020 Pritzker Prize Laureates, Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell of Grafton Architects. As strong advocates for social justice and sustainability, Lacaton and Vassal are best known for their focus on redesign rather than demolition, opting for minimal disruption to the natural environment. Their design work includes private and social housing, cultural and academic institutions, as well as public space and urban strategies.
These interactive virtual events are open to all, providing opportunities for the audience to engage directly with and ask questions of these world-renowned architects. All talks will have closed captioning, making them as accessible and inclusive as possible.
To register for the free New Now Next lectures, visit the Irish Architecture Foundation website.