now what? exhibition 9-20 October

now what? is pleased to announce an exhibition of the work carried out over the summer. 

The exhibition reflects the multi-disciplinary interests of those involved and includes 1:1 construction, photography, paintings, a fully operating 'sound-box', architectural models, maps, furniture and films plus drawings, research and books. There will also be a number of events held open to all  (see below).
It will be manned on a voluntary basis by those who were involved with the initiative so be sure to drop in. 

dates: 09.10.09 – 20.10.09
location: Unit 14, Block C - Smithfield Plaza.
times:  Weekdays: 4pm-9pm., Weekends: 12pm – 9pm.

exhibition events:

Monday 12th October, 7pm : Formal Opening/Evening Conversation #4

The now what ? lecture series moves into the exhibition space for a discussion with three of the workshops that dealt with construction, its techniques, meanings & ramifications for architects. 
This is also the formal opening of the exhibition, and wine will be served from 7pm. 

All are welcome to join us in launching the exhibition and celebrating all of the hard work...

Tuesday 13th October, 7pm: Reading Group discussion.
Now what read will hold a reading group/discussion in the space. 
The reading  is "Zoom: Google Earth and Global Intimacy"  by Vittoria diPalma from Intimate Metropolis which she edited with Diana Periton et al, and is proposed by  Dr. Hugh Campbell.

Places are limited to 10, so contact the reading group  to secure your space.
nowwhatread (at)

Saturday 17th October, 9.30am-5pm: One-Day Ideas Competition:

     'the Dublin House'

All are welcome to participate in a one day design competition in association with Dublin City Council.

It is open to architectural students, graduates, practitioners and all those interested in the design of housing in Dublin .

The competition will take place on a single day and the brief is to design ‘the Dublin house’ - a new housing typology suitable for infill sites in the historic Georgian city.

The site is on the west side of Lower Dominick Street , currently the site of a Dublin City Council social housing flat complex built in 1970.
Dublin City Council has identified the need to develop a new typology that respects the inherited grain and pattern of the city.  This is a reaction to the poor design quality of many infill schemes, resulting in the loss of appropriate scale and grain where historic plots have been accumulated for development.

Places are limited, so to ensure a space, please email thedublinhouse (at) to reserve a place and for further information. Places will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.
The competition can be entered as an individual or as a group to a maximum of three members.

Lunch will be provided on the day by Dublin City Council, and now what ? will provide some wine to finish off what will hopefully be a great day!

Monday 19th October, 7pm : Evening Conversation #5

The now what ? lecture series continues in the exhibition space. 
On Hold, The Spirit of Gracious Living and Remaking the Suburbs workshops will discuss the issues they encountered in their workshops, development, its marketing, and the property market problems facing Ireland currently to common design issues within the design of the suburbs.
After this, the lectures will return to the Red Room  UCD Architecture, Richivew @ 6pm every Monday.

Many thanks to:
Staff at the School of Architecture at Richview, University College Dublin  who conceived and supported the initiative by providing studio space, library and building laboratory facilities over the summer months. 
The Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government who among others provided a welcome grant which has allowed the research  and work undertaken to be publicly exhibited and disseminated.
The Irish Architecture Foundation, who were instrumental in securing the exhibition space, 
Our sponsors, including Gerry Cahill Architects who helped along the way, 
Dublin City Council  Architect's Division who have supported and attended many of the now what events.
Sarah Breen Lovett, Antoin Doyle & Philip McGlade for helping to organise and set-up the exhibition and Nuala Flood, Micheal Lovett and Jack Murray of Media Express for helping with publicize the exhibition.

Chris Kelly of RedQuartz who donated the exhibition space

But most importantly, the initiative became a success through the hard work and dedication of all involved, and this work has had the effect of creating a positive and exciting atmosphere within the architecture and design community.  We would like to thank those who got involved and brought so much energy and innovation to the workshops, public conversations & exhibition itself.

We are hopeful that the spirit of now what will engage the wider public and propose an alternative way to learn and collaborate in challenging times.