Finding common ground through architecture

As Callan’s Commonage Summer School gets under way this week leading up to the town’s Abhainn Rí Festival, some of the speakers for its architecture-themed seminar on August 6 have also been announced.

As Callan’s Commonage Summer School gets under way this week leading up to the town’s Abhainn Rí Festival, some of the speakers for its architecture-themed seminar on August 6 have also been announced.

So far the lineup includes Irish artists Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones, architect Mark Price and international speakers Oliver Lowenstein (editor of UK journal Fourth Door Review) and Eyal Weizmann director of research architecture at Goldsmiths.

The seminar will focus on the commons and the possibilities of architecture as a collective endeavour, said project assistance Hollie Kearns. “We’re trying to avoid the traditional seminar speaking format so there will be active reading and even a Skype conversation.”

The seminar will take place on August 6 in the recently vacated agricultural co-op building, a location that will be temporally redesigned and reconfigured by Culturstruction as a gathering space and it will be open to anyone interested.

Commonage is a five-year active architectural research project based in Callan. Now in its second year, the projects invites artists and architects to respond to Callan as a site of production. Commonage is concerned with the transfer of knowledge, formal and informal, between artists and architects and inhabitants of the town and vice-versa.  

The 10-day Commonage Summer School is currently being held with invited international, national and local participants taking part in building projects combined with a programme of talks, field trips and film screenings. Three new commissions are being built during the Summer School and will be accessible to the public from July 23 to August 14.

For further information, contact Hollie at commonagecallan@gmail.com.