Chairman’s Welcome

Eleanor-RyanOpen House Galway this year has developed a full programme of building visits for its 5th year running. Galway citizens can learn about their unique built environment in this festival. These visits may inform a sustainable and ecological strategy for its architecture of the future.

Galway’s architectural gems open their doors for new visitors. The concept of Open House is to connect people with buildings in their environs, giving them an insight into their history. This year we share this weekend with Chicago, London, Lisbon, Barcelona, Dublin, Rome and New York. A global community of visitors to Architecture are connected in this concept.

With regard to our ecological footprint for the built environment of the future we feature a talk on Passive House and also link to a building tour of the energy efficiency projects undertaken in Portumna Workhouse
in the County. This year’s talk Rural v Urban: Housing for the future is sure to generate much discussion
and debate

The year we have merged music with Architecture in two events in the programme. Acoustics in design is crucial and to demonstrate this we feature a performance by Con Tempo in the Aula Maxima (as part of NUIG’s series of events Space and Sound), and an Architecture Nightclub with music and images merged together for our enjoyment.

A cycle tour will highlight the iconic Blackrock Tower in Salthill, the old  ‘McDonagh’s’ building and the Nurses building in UCHG. These buildings have withstood time and have shown an adaptable quality that lend to many uses.

New Schools in the City and County feature this year, namely the Jesuit School in the city and the new Oughterard School. These building will showcase the most modern additions to the programme.

A bus tour, new to the Festival, will provide a day trip to several highlights of architecture through the centuries in the south of the county. The Lighthouse on Inis Oirr will open its doors again for Open House.

We hope the chefs out there will create an interesting array of architectural feasts in the Edible Architecture event. We are delighted to provide our young enthusiasts with childrens workshops from Elaine O’Mahony’s ‘Clever Box Club’.

We are particularly indebted to Martina Moloney, County Manager and Brendan McGrath, City Manager, who have come on board with visits to many of the architectural gems across the City and County.

Again Galway, this is your Festival, ‘come and see what’s behind the magic door’ of our Open House Festival.

Eleanor Ryan
Chairperson, Open House Galway 2013.

Tel: 087 7043322