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May 7, 2013

Arup presents “NEWNOWNEXT”

ArupNEWNOWNEXT, supported by Arup, was launched today to present a series of 12 architectural talks over the next three years, all free to the public, to shine a spotlight on great architecture from around the world.

Speaking about the initiative, Rory McGowan, Director of Arup, said: “Arup believes creative, high quality, effective and efficient multi-disciplinary designs and designers are essential to pose and answer the myriad of questions related to the built environment at home and globally and it is essential that Ireland is active in that discussion. We believe that the schedule of invited speakers, in addressing an audience of both the public and industry, will further that aim. We look forward to meeting you there.”

The NEWNOWNEXT series kicks off on Wednesday May 22 with Jeanne Gang, founder of Studio Gang Architects in Chicago, USA, at the Innovation Academy (former AIB Bank) on 3 Foster Place, Dublin 2. The title of her talk is ‘Reclaiming the Edge’. Recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship in 2011, Jeanne Gang is best known for the 82-story Aqua Tower, the tallest building in the world designed by a female-owned firm. Gang is a pioneer in ecological urbanism, a field of design that considers rising populations and dwindling resources.

Other architects featured in the series in 2013 include: urban advocate Tatiana Bilbao (Mexico), known for projects as diverse as a beach house for the artist Gabriel Orozco, a masterplan for a botanical garden, and an exhibition space for Chinese artist Ai Weiwei; Dan Stubbergaard (Denmark), founder of COBE Architects, 2012 winners of Scandinavia’s prestigious Nykredit Architecture Prize and known for ambitious metropolitan developments; and Andrew Griffin and Maxim Laroussi of Architecture Republic, with offices in Dublin and Copenhagen, who operate in the fields of architecture, urbanism and landscape design.