SubUrban to SuperRural, Ireland’s entry to the 10th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale de Venizia 2006, was commissioned by Shane O’Toole, Acting Director of the Irish Architecture Foundation (05-07) with Deputy Commissioner Ciaran O’Gaora; curated by FKL Architects; presented by Culture Ireland, in partnership with the Arts Council and sponsored by The Devey Group, with additional support from the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland and Tegral and with the co-operation in Venice of Nuova Icona.
This exhibition returned home in 2007 and toured to Belfast, Cork, Naas and Dublin.
The sprawl surrounding Ireland’s urban centres is driven by an obsession with the car and an innate desire to live on the land. A mono-functional organism, sub-urban sprawl has become a universal solution to housing throughout the island.
“In curating Ireland’s participation in the Venice Biennale 2006, we sought to take on this challenge by asking nine of our generation of Irish architects to test this paradigm shift through the formulation of specific projects that would illuminate a vision of how the SubUrban might evolve into the SuperRural between now and 2030.” – FKL Architects
For more information, visit the SubUrban to SuperRural website