School (e)Scape

During the second stage of “a space for learning” students further developed discussions towards developing a national exhibition completing a stop-motion film based around their ideas and reactions to the Pre-Fab in their own school while sketching potential alternative ideas of Post-Fab bubble spaces.

The ‘Learning Space’ Map (Scale 1:1000m // Abstract) is the beginning of a departure beyond the confines of the Dundalk Grammar School. The large map creates a physical and perceptual space to further ones understanding of their own context, scale and make subsequent connections. Students both past and present were encouraged to overlay their own thoughts, ideas, impressions and memories of learning spaces in Dundalk.

This contextualized dialogue together with the students stop motion video will initiate further open recorded discussions as part of the national touring. We are inviting participants to respond with their thoughts on the concepts raised in ‘learning space’ by making these on the paper and in turn forming these into a paper planes to accumulate as part of the exhibition dialogue, collected and displayed as the tour and conversation develops.

The familiarity people have with the “paper plane” and its use as a device to continue the participatory, engaging, and open source response elements fundamental to the ongoing ‘learning space’ process. The Paper Plane embodies the liberation of ideas, reactionary nature and flexibility inherent in the concepts emerging from this project. We look forward to hearing your comments and seeing your paper plane(s)…

The Space for Learning Lectures take place on Thursday 2nd and 9th of December at 18:30, at National College of Art & Design.


Design Team
Ryan Hamill and Eoin McElroy

Dundalk Grammar School Participants
Thomas Campbell, Kaleb Honer, Barry Faulkner and Lucy Van Dijk

Irish Architecture Foundation
Aideen McCole and Rachel McAree


World’s largest airship inflated for maiden flight

A vast zeppelin, as tall as a 23-storey building, has been inflated in a hanger in Alabama in preparation for its maiden voyage later in the year. The airship, which is 72m long, bears the name “Bullet 580” and can carry loads of up to 907kg at altitudes of around 20,000 feet (6,096m). A video of it inflating is embedded below.

The airship has a top speed of 80mph, and the idea is that it would be positioned above one location, and use its motors to stay in position. There’s a series of potential civilian and military applications, including missile defence, weather monitoring, surveillance, GPS and broadcast and communications relays.

The outer shell is made of a new type of Kevlar that’s 10 times stronger than steel, but can be deployed as thinly as 1.6mm around the structure. Cargo sits within that outer envelope. It was developed by a company called 21st Century Airships, which has since been acquired by E-Green Technologies who plan to build a series of commercial airships.

Following a long period of neglect, airships are starting to be considered by companies again thanks to their cost-effective nature compared to the price of running a fixed-wing aircraft or pushing a satellite into space.

Michael Lawson, chairman and CEO of E-Green Technologies, told “Our airships are radically different designs that move beyond the performance limitations of traditional blimps or zeppelins by combining advanced technology with simple construction and the ability to fuel with algae, protecting our environment.”

Just don’t mention the Hindenberg.

Source:’s-largest-airship-inflated-for-maiden-flight , accessed 04/06/2010

Psycho Buildings Hayward Gallery (2008)

This exhibition marked The Hayward’s 40th anniversary as one of the world’s most architecturally unique exhibition venues.

The exhibition brought together the work of artists who create habitat-like structures and architectural environments. Become an adventurous participant as you explore The Hayward’s spaces inside and out, including a room frozen in a moment of explosive disaster, an eerie village of over 200 dollhouses, a floating plastic cloud and a skyline boating pond.



Above: The first of many working examples of DGS Student run stop motion video, experimenting with different techniques, the lack of “BI” in the word supposed to be exhibition, was indeed my forgotten mistake, however the focus was to iron out mistakes or in the transitions of messages being conveyed…was a productive workshop with the following sketch design for out final touring project…

Post_Fab Bubble Sketch Design

Post_Fab Learning Bubble Sketch Design

programmable matter

The Argus Newspaper…

Easter Holidays…and IAF meetings

As the Return to the post Easter break beckons, the Architects selected working together with the winning school entries for a space for learning have met in Dublin on what was a very nice sunny day (of many to come hopefully!!)

…Plans are progressing with regard the Autumn Exhibition and the developing traveling exhibition which will in part unfold on this blogsite and that of the IAF.

Looking forward to continuing the hard work that has allowed for an interesting and discursive series of workshops to date we welcome continually your input, by posting comments, reacting to the information we publish and that currently outside our conversations which you may find of relevance to the future direction of workshops and the drive towards the exhibition.

Kind Regards

idir architecture & Dundalk Grammar School

A great result…

We are delighted having been named as a winner and to see the ongoing collaboration between idir architecture and Dundalk Grammar School, continue to make the transition from phase one IDEAS COMPETITION with the IAFa space for learning” competition to the process of undertaking the physical design and construction of elements proposed for what will be without doubt a fantastic touring exhibition together with the other IAF winning collaboration…we look forward to the adventure ahead and hope you look back/forward to this blog as we continue to utilise this space for all to network and work in a peer to peer method…

“I thought architecture was just about construction. I never realised it could be so creative and about different ideas”. Thomas Campbell, TY Student at Dundalk Grammar quoted as having summed up the student experience of the project. Lets look forward to the many more ideas, comments and posts by the Students as we continue on this project…

IAF Phase two selection…

Phase Two SelectionAfter receiving over 70 entries, selection for entry into Phase Two of A Space for Learning has been completed. Watch the IAF blog for the announcement of the winners…

Learning Spaces Submission for Phase One

Learning Spaces Submission for Phase One