2020— 18 May 2020 – Venice Architecture Biennale postponed until May 2021 ↗
“The last few days – declared President Roberto Cicutto – have clarified the real state of the situation we are all facing. With the utmost respect for the work done by all of us, the investments made by the Participants, and considering the difficulties that all countries, institutions, universities, architectural studios have met together with the uncertainty of the shipments, personal travel restraints and Covid-19 protective measures that are being and were be adopted, we have decided to listen to those, the majority, who requested that the Biennale Architettura be postponed. I have received many messages asking for a postponement to 2021. We now plan to open the 17th International Architecture Exhibition in May 2021 and allow it a longer life until November, as it was before the pandemic. Nevertheless Architecture will be in Venice this Fall organizing several events keeping at the center of the stage the question, more relevant than ever, of How will we live together?.” /// HASHIM SARKIS “I am deeply moved by the perseverance of all the Participants during the last three months – stated Curator Hashim Sarkis. I hope that the new opening date will allow them first to catch their breath, and then to complete their work with the time and vigor it truly deserves. We did not plan it this way. Neither the question I asked How will we live together? nor the wealth of ways in response to it, were meant to address the crisis they are living, but here we are. We are in some ways fortunate because we are well equipped to absorb the immediate and longer-term implications of the crisis into the Biennale Architettura 2021. The theme does also provide us with the possibility to respond to the pandemic in its immediacy. This is why we will return to Venice in the coming months for a series of activities devoted to the Architecture.”
2020— Venice Biennale Postponed ↗
The Biennale Architettura 2020, curated by Hashim Sarkis, will be held in Venice (Giardini and Arsenale) from Saturday August 29th (preview Thursday 27th and Friday 28th) through Sunday November 29th, instead of from May 23rd through November 29th, as previously announced. The new dates for the Biennale Architettura have been established as a consequence of the recent precautionary measures in the matter of mobility taken by the governments of a growing number of countries around the world, which will have a domino effect on the movement of people and works in coming weeks. This period of time coincides with the delicate initial phase of setting up an international exhibition as complex as the Biennale Architettura, which involves architects and institutions from over 60 countries on all continents. This situation poses a risk to the realization of the Exhibition in its entirety in time for the announced opening date (May 23rd), thereby jeopardizing its quality. Furthermore, a short-term postponement could be ineffective, considering the complexity of the organizational machine, the number and importance of the subjects involved and the probable absence of many of them. Unwilling to open an incomplete Exhibition, La Biennale, having heard the curator Hashim Sarkis and in consideration of the difficulties faced by the Participating countries and invited architects, has decided to postpone the inauguration until August 29th, bringing the duration of this year’s edition of the Biennale Architettura back to three months, from the end of August to the end of November.
2020— All Ireland Architecture Research Group: The Earth as client, Talk ↗
On the 22.01.20 Donal is speaking at the AIARG conference in Limerick
2019— Utopia Computer: The "New" in Architecture?, Talk, Netzwerk Architekturwissenschaft, Netzwerk Architekturwissenschaft ↗
On 16.11.19 Donal Lally is giving a talk on AI, Fire, and Data Centres at the Berlin University of the Arts (UKB)
2019— ArchPlus 323:Posthumane Arkitektur, Publication, ArchPlus, ArchPlus ↗
'Enter the Hyperscale' an essay by Donal Lally has been published in the *Posthuman Architecture* special edition of Archplus.
2019— Entanglement — Irish Pavilion for the 17th Architecture Venice Biennale ↗
Annex will curate and design Ireland’s Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Biennale at Venice in 2020. The pavilion titled Entanglement will catalyse a public conversation about the relationship between architecture and data infrastructure by asking: what is architecture? and who makes it in an age of data infrastructure? By reviewing Ireland's historical and emergent role as networking hub within global data infrastructure, the pavilion will investigate the societal, environmental and cultural changes brought about by network & communications technologies for local, national and international contexts. The pavilion is inspired by a remarkable event that took place in 1866, on Valentia Island in Co. Kerry. After five previous attempts, the first transatlantic telecommunications cable between Ireland and Canada was completed — an event that would become a catalyst for today's global communication networks. One hundred and fifty years later Ireland, Europe’s largest data hosting cluster, continues to play a significant role in global data infrastructure. In light of these events, the pavilion will foreground Ireland’s role in the global discourse on data infrastructure and its relation to contemporary architectural practice. Annex is an international research and design collective of architects, artists and urbanists and includes Sven Anderson, Alan Butler, David Capener, Donal Lally, Clare Lyster, and Fiona McDermott.
2019— Architecture Ireland, Link, Architecture Irland, Architecture Irland ↗
Annex announced as Ireland’s representation at the 17th Biennale Architettura in 2020
- 2019— Visual Artists Ireland, Feature, visualartistsireland.com, visualartistsireland.com ↗
- 2019— World Architecture Community, Feature, worldarchitecture.org, worldarchitecture.org ↗
2019— RIAI Home + Design Magazine_2019, Feature, RIAI Home + Design Magazine Issue 04, RIAI Home + Design Magazine Issue 04
Case Study I: The Core has been selected and published as an exemplar domestic project by RIAI Home + Design Magazine — with a lovely write up by Emma Gilleece.
2018— Playtime Symposium @ VISUAL Carlow Contemporary, Event
A day of talks and workshops on play, its relationship to culture and the arts. and a childs right to play and access to the arts and culture. Through a series of keynotes, workshops and panel discussions we will consider, play in the urban realm and play as part of our cultural institutions. The day will include presentations by Adrian Voce, OBE, writer, consultant and campaigner for children’s right to play; Gabriela Burkhalter, Curator of The Playground Project, Dr. Jackie Bourke, Research Consultant, Urban Issues and Childrens Rights; Dr Tim Stott, author of Play and Participation in Contemporary Arts Practice (2015). As part of the day artists Tom Watt and Rhona Byrne will collaborate to create an interactive workshop and play experience. The day will also include a number of short presentations on practice based projects, Roisin De Buitlear :The National PlayGround,Rebecca Blake: PlayPark Ballyfermot, Rosie Lynch: Ferrybank Neighbourhood Park and Cleo Fagan: Super Projects & zero-degree machine
2018— PublicArt.ie_2018, Feature, publicart.ie, publicart.ie ↗
The Studio That Has No Roof — a project conceived in collaboration with curator Cleo Fagan of Superprojects — has been selected as an exemplar Per Cent For Art School Project.