Conversations with China


Pivot Guides

We took the opportunity of Dublin’s participation in the inaugural World Tourism Cities Federation Summit Beijing 2012 to produce a booklet on the PIVOT Dublin initiative.

The guides were produced in English and Mandarin versions and were designed by Red & Grey. The WTCF summit was an opportunity for Dublin to showcase many aspects of our creative city, including design. It was attended by a delegation led by The Lord Mayor of Dublin at the time, Naoise Ó Muirí and City Manager at the time, John Tierney between the 14 – 16th of September 2012.

The PC-House Modern Design Awards jury

The PC-House Modern Design Awards 2014 took place in Shanghai to recognise the best in Chinese design. Ali Grehan was invited to act on the expert jury for the awards and also deliver an address to delegates at the ceremony. This presented a unique opportunity to share her insight into contemporary Irish architecture, particularly residential design, showcase the work of Irish designers working in private and public sectors to an international audience, and also explore common ground with Chinese practitioners. The overarching message was that Irish architects and designers deliver excellence in the ordinary; that our work is inspired by our unique heritage and cultural identity and that everyone deserves great design.

The Dublin House Project

The presentation charted the development of housing in Dublin from the earliest Dutch Billies, including 9/9a Aungier Street, through to the present day. Included in this presentation were the 18th century Georgian townhouses, the artisan districts of the Victorian era, and the social housing schemes of Herbert Simms. These historic typologies were considered in relation to contemporary residential projects reflecting the dialogue between past and present in contemporary design.

Dublin Corporation Flat Complexes

The development of the typologies culminated with the Dublin House projects. Also featured were contemporary product designers working in the city.


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