Adventures in architecture

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A public talk by Duncan Crowley in the Bicicletaria Cultural in Curitiba next week at 7.30. Talk will be in (mostly) English and will be translated into Brazilian Portugese. We also hope to make a live vid stream out, should anybody wish to “Tune in” from beyond… Stream channel on Bambuser here

Part 1 – A series of films for inspiration and to help outline some of the themes of the talk. Start 6.30pm (22.30 GMT)

Part 2 – Talk about “Adventures in architecture”, from an Irish architect, a new immigrant to the Brazilian city of Curitiba. Start 7.30pm (23.30 GMT)

No entrance fee. People are requested to make a donation to the Bicicletaria, recomended price: 5$R. Nobody will be turned away for not being able to pay.

Themes of talk: Architecture, urbanism, ecological design, activism, art

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Duncan believes in dreaming boldly and from that, turning ideas into realities. is an Irish architect living in the Brazilian city of Curitiba. Why there? Because Duncan agrees that the major challenge of our times is in making cities more susatainable. To create eco cities; ecologically sound, socially just, vibrant and beautiful places to live, work and play. Curitiba has been leading this movement since the 1970’s. He set up “Dublin eco city group” in 2005 and in 2003 was in Bosnia working on “Eco city Banja Luka”.

Prior to Brazil, Duncan lived in the bold city of Barcelona for 7 years. His architectural ideas were published in “The Self Sufficient City, Envisioning the habitat of the future” by IAAC, the accompanying short video was shown at CCCB. While working with “Eco Intelligent Growth” he submitted “Towards a healthier, happier, eco-effective Barcelona” for a white paper on sustainable development for Catalunya to CADS. He also worked as a city tour guide; bicycle tours to Antoni Gaudi’s creations and architectural, ecological, artistic and historical walking tours. He helped found the city Transition group too.

In Ireland, he summed up his architectural, eco and social ideas in a 2005 architectural thesis: “CATALYST @ Botanic Spine”. It proposed an orbital 18 km long eco corridor for Dublin city, to act as an urban greenway and CPUL. He organised bike rides along the corridor, planted urban fruit trees and created a number of community gardens. These eco projects were discussed in Irish media and also at the Irish Pavilion at the 2005 Venice Art Bienalle.

In 2006 he left Ireland. At the Venice architectural Bienale he was invited to dwell in METAVILLA (The French Pavilion) and participate in residentMETA with Patrick Bouchain and EXYZT. He also participated in Lucien Kroll’s week of ecological dialogues for Moments d’Architecture. He has worked in 5 different architectural offices of varying size and on architectural projects in 9 countries.

Duncan Crowley

Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil

City and architecture guide at: Architecture Weekend

Blog: An Irish eco dude in Brazil

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Dunks Videos:

In order of creation, from first to last…

Samogar art galler, Vis, Croatia, EASA (2002)

FUSPEY- Fun, Sustainable, Peaceful, Existence (Oxford, UK, 2003)

Wandering Workshop, EASA, La condition Publique, Roubaix, Lille, France (2004)

Streaming from the Gaff!, Dublin social centre Seomra Spraoi (2005)

Botanic Spine : Sheriff street park part 1 (Ark Thesis- 2005)

Botanic Spine : Sheriff street park part 2 (Ark Thesis- 2005)

Botanic Spine : Sheriff street park : Sports building (Ark Thesis- 2005)

Greening the city and connecting communities @ Barcelona (2010, screened at CCCB)

Dunk’s Interviews:

15M what’s happening in Spain?

Democracy 2.0 Barcelona

Videos for Inspiration:

Buckminster Fuller – Best Interview (1974)

Paul Van Dyk – for a angel – love parade berlin

Fritjof Capra, The Systems View of Life

South Circular Road Community Garden

William McDonough on Ecocities in China (Barcelona, 2007)

Jaime Lerner: Sing a song of sustainable cities (TED, 2008)

Hedonistic Sustainability, BIG, Bjarke Ingels (TED, 2011)

The shock doctrine, Naomi Klein (Spanish subtitles, Barcelona 2007)

Seomra Spraoi Documentary (Dublin social centre, 2009)

Stewart Brand: Why squatter cities are a good thing

Giro’s (Belfast punk centre, 1980’s)

Climate Camp Kingsnorth (UK, 2008)

The People’s Assembly – CJA demo at COP15 (Denmark, 2009)

Bolivian President Evo Morales: “Shameful” For West to Spend Trillions On War and Only $10 Billion For Climate Change (Democracy Now! 2009)

Rob Hopkins´s message for Transition Brazil

BARCELONA REVOLUTION (2011, with subtitles)

Aurea Social: (Barcelona, 2011: Social classroom: open space – health – education – self organisation)

#FMB3 – chats with foreigners (Curitiba, 2014)

Mona Caron on Harnessing the Creative Power of Art to Build Social Networks (FMB3 guest speaker, Curitiba, 2014)


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