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Design week: Three exhibitions on the spot

During  Design  week in Dublin which took place from the 1-7 November, Liberty reporter Pauline Volvert,  focused on three completely different exhibitions.

The first I went to was “A Space for Learning” which is being hosted by the NCAD Gallery on Thomas Street  from  5 November until  29 January 2011. The project has been launched by the Irish Architecture Foundation and shows the top 10 of the 120 architects, 1500 students and 90 schools who ran for the contest, which challenged students to imagine and design the ideal educational space.

The winning teams have created films, models, installations and drawings to illustrate their ideas about creating a space to learn in harmony with the environment.  I was curious to see the result and I wasn’t disappointed. The models were interesting, well executed and really inspiring.

The second exhibition I went to visit was “FUSE” which is being hosted at Gallery Number One on Castle Street. The gallery has been temporarily transformed into a furniture shop. The exhibition is a collection of vintage and recycled furniture from Fuse Interiors. The exhibition is running from the 30th October until January.  Upon visiting the gallery, I immediately noticed the arrangement of the furniture and the way they were used in the space. The style is uncluttered, classic and sophisticated. It’s pleasant to look at and there’s a real sense of taste and design.

The third exhibition I saw was called “Green Machines” and is hosted by the Science Gallery from the 15th October until the 17th December. The purpose of “Green Machines” is to show that sustainable design is possible and that we should start a revolution in that area. The exhibition welcomes schools groups and invites them to discuss about the environment and how the machines could be “green”. Children, teenagers and adults are asked about their own ideas for the future and which technologies will be introduced.

It’s a really interesting theme and a good educational way to ask children about their future and what they want for it. The projects shown include Polly-Bricks, which is basically a translucent facade made with recycled interlocking PET bricks. It allows the light in during the day and can also provide light at night with a special treatment.

The three exhibitions have completely different purposes but also have one big thing in common- how to educate in harmony with the environment, how to build friendly machines, and how to mix the present with the future.

Check their websites:

http://www.gallerynumberone.com/blog/

http://www.fuseinteriors.ie/

http://www.sciencegallery.com/

http://gallery.ncad.ie/index.php/2010/10/a-space-for-learning/

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