Free Market will highlight the generosity, humanity and possibility in the common spaces of Ireland’s market towns. Small town market places, once the economic and social hubs of rural Ireland have undergone fundamental change and many have seen their function as places of exchange and congregation diminished.
Free Market proposes to reclaim these places of interaction and community. We propose to build upon the research of our team and others, and on the lived experience of these spaces, to re-imagine the shared urban territory of the small town market place.
The Venice Architecture Biennale was established in 1980 and is the foremost global forum for Architectural exhibition and debate. It runs every second year and attracts over 260,000 visitors during the six month long event, as well as widespread international media coverage. It is the most significant point of reference for the world of architecture. In 2016 65 countries staged national pavilions, and Ireland has participated with a national pavilion on the last nine occasions (2000–2016).
The Biennale provides an opportunity for architects and designers to showcase new projects, ideas and approaches, arranged in different pavilions, each with different themes. Irish participation in the Biennale has contributed directly to the growing international profile of Irish architecture. The exhibition will take place from 26 May to 25 November 2018 in Venice. Free Market will subsequently tour in Ireland in 2019.
Architecture lecturer at the Dublin School of Architecture, Dublin Institute of Technology.
Multi-disciplinary designer, a creative director at Superfolk and co-founder of Culturstruction, her love of nature, awareness of environment and understanding of materials forms the basis of her strong design ethos.
Architect, co-founder of AP+E, studio tutor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy in University College Dublin and unit leader at the Cork Centre for Architectural Education.
Co-founder of Culturstruction, practices architecture with John McLaughlin Architects and is a lecturer at Cork Centre for Architectural Education, as well as initiating socially driven design and research projects.
Architect, founder of Custom and Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy in University College Dublin.
Architect, co-founder of AP+E, studio tutor at the Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment, TU Delft and unit leader at the Cork Centre for Architectural Education.
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Irish Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale to Explore the "Free Market" Towns of Ireland
‘Free Market’ to represent Ireland at the Venice Biennale 2018