17 – 26 May


The Architect Reads: Kester Rattenbury

Saturday, 18 May
Irish Georgian Society
€10 / €8

The Architect Reads

A series of three performances/readings by authors who have studied architecture, and who are either professional architects, writers or critics. The Architect Reads is inspired by the expanded field of architecture, and how its unconventional view of practice opens up fresh new possibilities and opportunities to connect.

Kester Rattenbury: The Wessex Project

Architects assemble words, drawings, pictures and details to form imaginary projects, always in speculative comparison between past and future. This performance assembles components which novelist, poet and former architect Thomas Hardy used in constructing Wessex. Kester Rattenbury, Professor of Architecture at the University of Westminster reads from her book The Wessex Project: Thomas Hardy Architect, staging an unknown conversation between Hardy’s experimental Wessex photos, drawings and stage sets, and Hardy’s traditional musical background. Tunes and songs from Hardy’s musical notebooks performed by architect and musician Steve Larkin with musicians Josephine Marsh, Cyril O’Donoghue and Mick Kinsella.

In association with the Irish Architecture Foundation