you just leave these things sit there, you don't analyse
From:http://www.architecturefoundation.ie/2008/10/24/become-a-patron/The Irish Architecture Foundation is the only organisation in Ireland that communicates architecture to the general public.
Then there's this bit.Â· Invitations to breakfasts where policy issues are discussed with leading figures in the built environment
And just what do you have to do for this privilege?Patron
â‚¬3,500 each year, renewed every 3 years
â‚¬1,000 each year, renewed every 3 years
Is it just me, or is it precisely this kind of cosy relationship between vested interests and the building sector that has led us to the current crisis?
. . . . This has to stop.
, you're desperate to start a fight with someone
The IAF do no harm to anyone, why pick on them? The IAF are just trying to connect architecture with the general public, which is an aspiration that is long overdue, and if some lonely soul wants to send â‚¬500 to Nathalie Weadick to become a 'friend' of her organisation in the process, who are we to judge them?
By the same token, if some SUV-driving developer type is persuaded to fork out three and a half grand [of deductable expenses] to get the opportunity to impart his considerable
insight at a power-breakfast, feck it, for that return, I'd even buy the bastard a bacon-egg-McMuffin.
has been one of the best things to happen to Irish architecture in years. It might have been an idea lifted from elsewhere, but it has genuinely engaged with the public to a far greater extent than any previous initiatives that come to mind, and if we could sort out the insiders who seem to be able to block-book the most interesting venues and maybe expand the open times a bit, for those of use who might like to do more than one, then there's no reason 'Open House'
can't be a continued success, you know, going forward.
Even the Open House
debates are a bit of an annual highlight IMO, but then I suppose I don't get out much.
These IAF events are particularly useful because, for some reason, people seem to be extraordinarily reluctant to discuss architecture until suddenly they are confronted by some new concrete eyesore that they instantly conclude makes no attempt to connect with them, or anything that they feel connected to.
Maybe that IAF blurb that onq
posted blows it's own trumpet a bit louder than is perhaps justified . . . for an outfit with an on-line discussion forum that attracts a new post about every three months . . . . but at least they're trying, which is more than the RIAI ever did.
On the subject of architectural discourse, are we deliberately not
talking about the AAI awards this year, or is it just that nobody bothered going?