Thursday, 21 October 2010

FAB Event: An Epoch Translated into Space

Paddy Lawson's role in the design of the Ulster Museum extension is explored in An Epoch Translated into Space at the Meter House tomorrow evening, Friday 22nd October

Our colleagues at the Forum for Alternative Belfast invite you to a special event for the Belfast Festival tomorrow night...

Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s
An Epoch translated into Space
A short first cut film, talk and discussion
The Meter House @ The Gasworks
Friday 22nd October, 6.00pm
Tickets £6 available from Festival Box Office (75 University Road), by phone 028 9097 1197 or online at

In 1963 a young architecture student from Portaferry saw an announcement for a competition to design the extension to the Ulster Museum in Belfast. Ten Years later Paddy Lawson handed over the keys of the new building.

As the critic Shane O'Toole asserts, the “cubist sculptural tour de force is internationally renowned for its daring and prescient splicing together of old and new”.

While working in the Greater London Council Lawson met a number Eastern European architects who exposed him to more central European modernism including the early work of Mies van der Rohe and his monument to socialist Rosa Luxemburg who was murdered in 1919. This monument with its Constructivist brick masses built in 1926 was torn down by the Nazis in 1935.

The suspended masses of concrete floating over the Botanic Garden in Belfast resonate through time with Mies's iconic image.

“Architecture is the will of the people translated into space” Mies van der Rohe

The role of Paddy Lawson in this building has never been fully acknowledged. Through documentary, original drawings, photographs and discussion the Forum for Alternative Belfast tell this unknown story.
Paddy Lawson will attend the event.

In conjunction with Factotum and Batik.

Not to be missed!

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