Cian Deegan & Alice Casey

Workshop Description:
An exploration of the capacity of construction to embody or communicate meaning.

The Workshop
#3 will seek to liberate construction from its subservient role to form-making so that
it may itself become the primary communicative/expressive tool of an architectural object.
An analysis will be made of how and, more importantly, why certain materials or techniques are
used in architecture.
Following this, an exploration will be made towards new potentialities, latent in the same
materials and processes.
The output of Workshop #3 might be a constructed object, with its foundation in a fictional value
system, however noble or irreverent.
The academic aim of Workshop #3 will be to expand the participants’ conception of the value of
construction within Architecture. So that it may be seen as more than a facilitation of a preconceived formal result, but rather a rich cultural act in itself.

Workshop will run for 2no. 2 hour sessions per week for six weeks.

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About the Organisers:
Cian Deegan
& Alice Casey founded TAKA in 2006. They studied Architecture at DIT and Professional Practice at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. In London, Cian worked with Niall McLaughlin Architects, Alice with Curtis Wood Architects. They have travelled through Asia, Australia, South and North America, studying examples of vernacular architecture and culture. From 2007, in Dublin, Alice has worked with dePaor architects, Cian with O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects. In 2008 TAKA became the youngest representatives of Ireland at the Venice Architectural Biennale as part of The Lives of Spaces exhibition, and have recently completed their first projects. TAKA is a practice concerned with the communicative potential of architecture, with tectonic expression and with meaning and is based in Dublin, Ireland.