In 2015, we joined forces with Architecture 00. Together, we enjoy collaborating in a shared environment where strategic, urban and social designers, architects, programmers and economists practice design beyond its traditional borders. 00 work with individuals, governments, corporations and communities to solve problems and anticipate change, and to design successful platforms and places. As a studio it aims to reach beyond the design of objects themselves to the social, economic and environmental systems behind them.
We're thrilled to have returned to our dear Callan to put together a new infrastructure for people to convene in Fennelly's Courtyard. A massive thank you and applause to everyone who got involved, what a fantastic week!
Over the last two years, arts, architecture and theatre makers have engaged a large local community in activities and conversations towards a positive future for Bridge Street in Callan, County Kilkenny. Since May, storytelling workshops have taken place developing characters and narratives for the the street. This allowed for a local intergenerational community to channel their vision for a street facing dereliction, into a challenging and critical architectural plan.
Courtyard screen constituted the second phase of this project. Without significant public space on the street, it creates a new infrastructure for people to gather. The structure was built through workshops in wood carving, traditional wood turning and sewing led by Studio Weave and master tradespeople creating a weatherproof space in Fennelly’s courtyard. The new community cinema was opened for the Abhainn Ri Festival in 2016, with a curated programme of architecture films exploring architecture, activism and the relationships people have to their buildings and spaces. This new space will continue to be utilised in the community-led vision for the street welcoming new storybook contributions at all Courtyard Screen events.