Aoibheann ni Mhearain and David Healy

image by Aoibheann Ni Mhearain

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Workshop Description:


This workshop aims to instigate a discussion on how to represent landscape, from the understanding that how we represent a landscape circumscribes our future actions on it; what we see determines how we act.


This study will examine 2 specific types of representation – the historical picturesque and the contemporary map - thinking critically about their production and their application – and will apply this thinking to 2 sites in Dublin's outskirts, each with different landscape qualities.


The end product is projected as a series of new folding maps - a cross-fertilisation of the map and the picture and a synthesis of the visual and performative aspects of landscape.


This project will take place over 4 weeks in June/July, with 1-2 days of participation per week.

Representational techniques (ways of drawing or modeling) allied with analytical methods (ways of conceptualizing and measuring) are mutually dependent practices that condition how problems of the (landscape) are framed and sites conceived.”

- Andrea Kahn

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About the Organisers:

Aoibheann Ni Mhearain is an architect currently in practice in Dublin. She teaches studio in UCD and UCC, where she also lectures on landscape. Aoibheann formerly worked with Grafton Architects in Dublin and with OMA in Rotterdam. She has studied in UCD (B.Arch) and Princeton University (M.Arch)
David Healy is a recent graduate of the School of Architecture in UCD. He has worked with Grafton Architects in Dublin and has also studied at the School of Architecture in Aarhus, Denmark.