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AAI Lightning Lecture: John Tuomey 10.11.2020

09 November 2020

AAI Lightning Lecture: John Tuomey 10.11.2020

Lost in Space – John Tuomey of O’Donnell + Tuomey

Most of our work has been won at competition – but much more of our work has been lost in competition. Those wasted projects may be lost in space, but they live on in the mind. Losing is an existentialist form of learning. You learn how to survive, how to keep going. Competitions are a companion guide; they teach us how to concentrate, how to appreciate human imperfections, including our own. Every time you choose to enter a competition you have to remind yourself that however much you aim to win, you’re much more likely bound to lose. Having entered the contest willingly, you’ve no right to complain if the ball bounces the other way. It might just as well, by the same unreliable element of chance, have come to you on another day. Most of these painful failures to make the final cut are long ago and far away. Some of these wounds are smarting still.

Part of the AAI Lightning Lectures ‘Unbuilt’ Series

Lightning Lectures is a series of short talks taking place online during the autumn months to promote emerging voices and the culture of Irish architecture, as well as an opportunity to present unbuilt or unbuildable projects. The format is to have 10 speakers presenting 10 slides in 10 minutes, with no limit to the content, except that it is not a built project (yet!?).

Tuesday November 10th @ 1pm
Live link will be shared here

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