Friday, 1 April 2016

Ráth: An Exhibition of Landscape as Infrastructure

Monday 4 - Saturday 23 April 2016
Special lunchtime event, 1-2pm, Tuesday 5 April
PLACE, 7-9 Lower Garfield Street, Belfast, BT1 1FP

We're delighted to be hosting this beautiful exhibition of work emerging from the Masters of Architecture studio in UCD exploring Landscape and Infrastructure around Lough Foyle and the Foyle river valley.

The theme of the group is the relationship between landscape and infrastructure, in particular, water infrastructure. The studio tackles the architectural and human response to infrastructures and landscapes that often serve as armatures and backdrops to social and cultural life. In their preliminary research, students questioned the processes, connections and interactions that exist in the chosen location - Lough Foyle and the River Foyle - and how they might be employed in design strategies. 

As they developed an understanding of the shared systematic, social and operative dimensions of landscape and infrastructure within the study region, the students individually chose locations where they would elaborate and develop the work. The projects include work in Magilligan, the Inishowen Peninsula, Strabane, Derry city, and the area around the former military site at Ballykelly on the eastern shore of Lough Foyle.

The work assembled and exhibited shows a coherent body of work with innovative and interesting ideas put forward for each of the locations. The drawings of landscape, in particular, are exceptional. 

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