DIT represented at OIKOnet International Housing workshop in Lisbon

Posted: 10 September, 2014

Jim Roche, lecturer in the Dublin School of Architecture, and three students from the School - Ilze Anatova and Christopher O’ Keefe, 5th Year Architecture, and Andrew Cleary, 4th Year Architectural Technology - recently participated in a week-long international workshop of the Oikonet Housing Research programme which took place in Lisbon.

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According to Roche, “The Workshop was dedicated to the topic of "Contemporary Living Patterns" and it sought to develop a cross-disciplinary dialogue aimed at finding answers to the meanings, ways and forms of contemporary living patterns of mass housing in Europe.  Working in groups, 50 students and 20 teachers from 15 European Schools of Architecture analysed the housing conditions in two neighbourhoods in Lisbon - Portela de Sacavém and Bairro da Liberdade - and the solutions proposed were based on participatory methods combined with digital fabrication techniques”.

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Left to right; Christopher O’ Keefe, Andrew Cleary, Ilze Antonova and Jim Roche in front of two of the students’ group presentation posters

The workshop included lectures, site visits, meetings with residents, design studio and a fabrication workshop for full scale models of part of the students’ design proposals.  The results of the workshop with teachers’ comments can be seen on this blog - http://oikonet-lisbonworkshop.blogspot.ie/

The goal of the three-year OIKOnet research project is to create a space of collaboration to study contemporary housing from a multidisciplinary and global perspective. – see http://www.dit.ie/news/archive2014/dit-collaborates-on-eu-funded-global-housing-research-programme/.

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DSA/DIT architecture student Christopher O’ Keefe presents his group’s work

OIKOnet will hold an international conference entitled GLOBAL DWELLING, in Barcelona this month at which Jim Roche will present a paper on behalf of DIT. (  http://www.oikonet.org/public/files/OIKONET_Conference_Barcelona_program1.pdf)

Meanwhile, next summer’s international workshop will be held in Cottbus, Berlin and places are open for 3-5 DIT students from the Dublin School of Architecture to participate.


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