01 November 2011
Orla Kiely NY Store Opening

Directed by Geoff Searle
Produced by Dermott Rowan

Irish -born London-based fashion designer, Orla Kiely who has been dubbed the “Queen of Prints” by the British press, launched her first US store in New York this year. The doors opened in September, much to the delight of the many fashion-conscious Americans who have long admired her work and anticipated her new season designs.

The store, designed by Architecture Republic, is a stunning space of 2300 square feet that houses Kiely’s latest collection in a large installation that can be best described as a 1:1 doll’s house. Individual rooms, representing a cross section of a typical house, are decorated with her latest wallpaper patterns and filled with her delightful home wares. About the house, one can find pieces from her expanding range of bags, accessories, stationary and beauty products, as well as new pieces from her signature line of clothing.

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01 November 2011
Studio: Exhibition Opening

Directed by Gregory Dunn
Exhibition curated by John Graham

Studio is an exhibition of photographs of and from artists’ studios, made or selected by the artists themselves.

An image of each artist’s studio is accompanied by a view from the studio, a view placing the artist in a wider physical or conceptual context. Over the weekend of 30th September – 2nd October the photographs will be presented in Formwork, also an artist’s studio, and a building designed by the architectural practice, Architecture Republic.

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06 September 2011
Park(ing) Day

Directed by Gavin Kilduff

Park(ing) Day is a global event which transforms on-street car parking spaces into public open spaces for one day. Car parking spaces around the city will be converted into temporary public parks Dublin city has a distinct lack of recreation space and is congested with cars and car-parking. This is our small effort to reclaim public space for the citizens and to question the rights of private car owners to clog the streets

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02 September 2011
In House: Exhibition Opening

Directed by Cian Brennan

The theme of the exhibition is the act of making domestic space; investigating innovative ways of housing the modern family in all its variants. As society develops and evolves, the accepted standard of the family house is no longer as relevant as it once was, and as a society we must adapt and grow our housing stock in ways which meet the challenges of this new orthodoxy. The exhibition will explore a variety of refurbishments, extensions, conversions and new-build housing on urban-infill sites. To reflect the increased prevalence of adaptation and re-use in recent years, it will be hosted in a converted Victorian terrace house which has been re-imagined to provide a contemporary modern dwelling – The Plastic House.

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28 June 2011
Designing Together

Directed by Gregory Dunn

Designing Together is an innovative collaborative initiative by Dublin City Libraries in association with City Architects teaming up designers, architects and primary school children to design their local libraries together. Architecture Republic, Radarstation and the 5th class St Gabriel’s NS have been working together on a proposal for better connecting their local library with other places of learning in Ballyfermot.

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27 August 2010
Right Place Right Space

Directed by Cian Brennan

At the AAI awards assessment the project raised the question of whether the Plastic House is an art installation or a house. The architects have decided to reinforce this controversy and turn the house as a temporary exhibition space, raising the eternal discussion on the boundaries between Art and Architecture.

Invited and selected artists will exhibit one piece of their work over in a space of their choice within the house. Participant artists include John Graham, Paul Murnaghan, Aoife Desmond, Gregory Dunn, David Folan, Roseanne Lynch, Sharon McCarthy and René Ettirgam.

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Good Friday encompasses projects, which go beyond the traditional boundaries of architecture. Projects involve interdisciplinary collaboration with media, politics, sociology, sustainability, technology, fashion, curating, publishing, and graphic design. Its aim is to reach and engage with a wide range of audiences in a non-conventional way.

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