Making Ireland Modern

Gary A. Boyd and John McLaughlin Architects


Ireland's pavilion, beautifully conceived and executed, showcases ten major
infrastructure projects that advanced the country's economic development

- Sarah Williams Goldhagen, Architectural Record, USA.

Making Ireland Modern explores the relationship between architecture, infrastructure and technology in the building of a new nation. Constructed as an open matrix of drawings, photographs, models and other artefacts, the exhibition presents ten infrastructural episodes spanning a period of one hundred years from 1916–2016.

Conceived as the Irish Pavilion for Venice 2014, and expanded as a key strand of the Arts Council’s programme ART:2016, Making Ireland Modern describes architecture’s role in transforming the physical and cultural identity of the new state through its intercession in the everyday lives of its population.