Thank you!

Thanks everyone for turning out last night, it was a good party!

The work carried out over the summer went down really well...thank you all for the energy and committment that brought each workshop in its own direction and produced such thought-provoking and diverse research.
Keep sending us in images of the work in progress - nowwhatrichview(at)

We're looking forward to bringing all of the summer's hard work into Smithfield in October...keep an eye on the blog for updates...
There will of course be another party in October!

The burning of a crane by Blathmhac O Muiri of the Monument Time Workshop added a suitably ceremonial note to the occasion.

Now What Party Tonight!!!

now what ? closing night 28.08.09, Richview, UCD, 7 p.m.

come early as we have to leave before 9:30pm!

you are invited to the closing night of now what ? workshops and summer studios in Richview, UCD on 28th August 09 beginning at 7 p.m. There will be a wine reception, food, music and a chance to meet everyone who got involved this summer and see some of the work carried out

Thanks to all for the brilliant work carried out over the summer and see you there!

Soundbox Gig Tonight!!

This Wednesday the 26th of August will be a great gig at 8pm at the Twisted Pepper, Middle Abbey street. The line-up includes HI-JINX, NIALL COLFER, THE THIRD TWIN and members of ELECTRIC CEILI.

All proceeds of the event go towards the sounding boxes workshop which is building an installation exploring sound in architecture.

For more details see the sounding boxes blog here and you can rsvp on the facebook event page here

See you there!

Workshop # 17 On Hold - Presentation Tonight!

Wednesday 26 August, 6.00-8.00pm, Red Room, Richview

On Hold are sharing the research undertaken by them in a Red Room session.

This promises to be an interesting evening, as the group have been questioning Dublin's approach to property and development, and topics covered on the night will range from NAMA to retro-fitting. They have a blog for further information.
Each participant will present their research and take questions from the floor.

All are welcome!!

(and don't forget to come along to the soundbox gig in the twisted pepper afterwards!)

nowwhatonhold ( at )

The Workshop

A deflated property market along with incoherent development and planning decisions in Dublin and the Greater Dublin Area have created a patchwork of vacant, unfinished and defunct urban and suburban fragments, a city
ON HOLD. The workshop promotes a multidisciplinary approach to the various challenges and opportunities of these fragments and intends to find strategies between shrinking and growing that involve the various stakeholders and positively influence and modify the future development of a city on hold.

About the Organisers:

Roland Bosbach was born in Germany in 1970. Studied at TU Dresden. Set up BSPL in Dublin in 1999 and published 'Anonmag' with Ronan Devlin. He had previously worked in Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland and left in 2004 to work in China on a range of large scale commercial and housing projects. He has extensive experience in the fields of Housing, Urban design and Landscape design and won numerous awards for housing and urban design projects. Roland has also tutored at the schools of Architecture at DIT and UCD. He is currently working with Denis Byrne Architects as the Project Director on the competition winning scheme for the new Networks Services Centre for Bord Gais Networks in Finglas Dublin.

Manuel Diez Garrido is an Urbanist with a Degree in Civil Engineering, a Masters in Urban Design and a Postgraduate Diploma in Mobility Engineering with fourteen years experience in the design and development of urbanism and engineering projects within multidisciplinary groups. He has worked in Spain, South America and Ireland, set up Urban Fabric in 2008 and is currently working on the masterplan for the Town Centre Extension of Celbridge, Co. Kildare.


Scale Architects in collaboration with Brian Ward & Gary Farrelly

Image by Gary Farrelly

Workshop Timetable and Public Lectures:

Monday 24th: 5.30-8.00pm: Red Room, Richview
Public lecture + Q&A by ScAle Architects and Sean Hillen.

8.00pm: introduction to the final project: creation of the country's missing monument.

Tuesday 25th: 5.30-8.00pm: Red Room Richview
Public lecture +Q&A by Gary Farrelly, Brian ward, Ide Moloney,

8.00pm: discussion on the final project.

Thursday 27th: 5.30-8.00pm: Red Room, Richview.
Presentation + crits of all the projects created by the participants and the lecturers.

Workshop Description:

This is an idea to investigate the "monumental" output of Ireland in the last twenty years.
What sort of iconic constructions / symbolic structures / landmark buildings or in one word Monuments (to the economy, communication, politic, religion, sport...) were produced from the collapse of the Eastern Block to the current Credit Crunch?
The project should be divided into three parts:
a) Survey/Analysis/Evaluation of the artefacts erected on the Republic of Ireland, which could be regarded as monuments.
b) Discussion/debate on the meaning, the value and the existence of the monuments in the ROI. Do we have them? Do we need them?
In the "transparent democratic networking era" do we still need significant physical piece of "hardware" to appear in our towns?
c) Proposals for construction/destruction/recalibration of the XXI century monument.
Should the political power invest tax-payer money for the creation of a self-referential symbol? Should the economy be reinvigorated by a Bilbao-like international attraction? Should the architect be the one who materializes the current collective imagination?...
more info to follow.

nowwhatmonument (at)

About the Organisers:
Maurizio Scalera B.Arch, MRIAI italian architect graduated from University of Florence, Italy, in 2000. Lives and works in Dublin since 2002. He has been working with De Paor Architects, Grafton Architects, OMP Architects. Currently teaching in Design Studio, First Year, School of Architecture, DIT, Dublin. Co-founder of ScAle architects, since 2001.
Benedetta Alessi B.Arch, graduated from UCD Dublin in 2004. She has been working with Simon Walker Architects and Palmer Whelan Associates. Co-founder of ScAle architects, since 2001. Has been involved in several Art/Architecture collaborations and exhibitions in Ireland.

Brian Ward year-master, first year, School of Architecture, DIT, Dublin.
Gary Farrelly resident artist at Galerie W Eric Landau, 44 rue Lepic Paris 18.

Workshop #18 From the Ground Up


The Gathering of Interest workshop have sent us some pictures of the installation they made on site on the only sunny day last week.... They attracted a lot of positive responses - well done to Anne, Matt, Michelle and all the participants.....For further information, have a look at their blog

Images by Catherine Gorman

About the Organiser:
Anne Gorman's
early interest in drawing and making things has led her to study construction/technology and architecture in DIT and then UCD. She set up her own practice Agarc in 2008 where she gets to indulge her interest in the on-site process. She is a part-time studio and technology tutor in UCD's middle school.

Matt Shelton is a graduate of the School of Architecture UCD. He currently works in Dublin with Gerry Cahill Architects.

Michelle Browne is a performance artist and graduate of NCAD. She is currently organising a public space initiative ‘Mind The Gap’ project as part of the Fringe Festival. See her website here.


nowwhatgathering (at)



The Flipside crew have been hard at work making some very interesting and beautiful pieces - below are some examples of the outcome of their workshop.
Congratulations to Ciara Keohane, Nuala Flood, Roisin Ahern, Clare McEvoy, Paul Quinn and Seoidin O'Sullivan on such great work.

Workshop Description:
We are interested in the reinterpretation of a given condition. Existing objects with recognised uses are re-evaluated. Objects with disparate uses are combined and used in a new way. Focusing on the reuse /recycling of furniture and domestic objects we aim to create a workshop to develop these ideas and test them in full scale.

contact: nowwhatflipside (at)

About the Organisers:
Nuala Flood is an architect who lives and works in Dublin.
Ciara Keohane is an architect who loves fancy dress and would much rather go to the beach than draw toilet layouts on any given day

Images by Nuala Flood and Ciara Keohane


Orla Hegarty has organised a one-day workshop taking place on the 26th of August called: Interact!

This workshop will be given by Gordon Gibb, architect & lecturer at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in the Glasgow School of Art.

Gordon teaches presentation and communication skills to architects through an entertaining mix of powerpoint techniques and drama training.

The all-day workshop will be limited to a group of 22 participants.

If you would like to take part please email us at:

nowwhatrichview (at)

Learning Space Update

Learning Space are delighted to announce that Roankabin have come aboard as sponsors for this stage of the workshop.

They have provided the following prizes for the workshop.

* A three month [minimum] fully salaried [pro-rata] position for an architect in their architectural research section;

* A prize fund of €1,500, a minimum of €500 of which will be given out at this stage as prizes with a maximum of €1,000 being awarded to participants to assist further development of the work during the Autumn

Check out the excellent Learning Space blog to see what they are up to.

Congratulations Deirdre and Emmett!

Public Conversation Postponed!

The Public Conversation due to take place on Monday the 10th of August has been postponed.
We apologise for any inconvenience!

Details of later date to be confirmed soon.


James McBennett
image from Sci-Arc

Workshop Description:


"Over the past two decades, new technologies of digital fabrication emerged giving new ways of conceiving, designing and producing architecture. This short course aims to provide a brief introduction to the history of computation and its influence in the field of design and architecture. It aims to create awareness of the latest methods in digital fabrication and introduce the work of key offices that show these tools can be utilized for far more than just architectural visualisation.

The principal body of the course will introduce Rhino3D to students giving them a comprehensive knowledge of the software and continue to test 3D printing, CNC Milling and laser cutting for the production of a small piece of furniture."

Course dates:Three-day workshop from 24th-26th August.
number of participants: 10

if you would like to be a participant please send an outline of your interest together with an introduction to yourself to:

nowwhatfablab (at)

About the Organiser:

James McBennett graduated from third year in UCD in 2007 and has since worked in London, Copenhagen and Rotterdam.

workshop # 20 - a day in the light

The long day in the light has taken place, well done to all who participated. We left the people of Westport intrigued as to what we were at and came away with really great images to start work on next week.

Workshop #2 Cohesive Construction

Cohesive Construction are on site, and are out of the ground...keep an eye on their blog over the next 3 weeks to watch the timbrel vault emerge!

Big thank you to Colm Moore, Andrew Clancy and Ryan Kennihan for hatching, organising and running this workshop, and to all the participants who are helping construct the this space!

Day 1 - photo by Anne Nielsen

Day 2 - photo by Anne Nielsen

Day 3 - photo by Andrew Clancy

Day4 - photo by Rae Moore

Day 4 - photo by Rae Moore

Day 4 - photo by Rae Moore