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Design Diplomacy 2019: Ireland

Sep 11, Wed 09:00-11:00
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The ambassador’s official residence was designed by Armas Siitonen in 1918. Originally constructed as a private residence, the building was at one time owned by the Gesellius family. In 1920, to the west of the property, another building designed by Siitonen was constructed, which is of a similar style and form. A solid granite masonry terrace with a white balustrade on the edge emphasizes the building’s hipped roof. From the general appearance, the building is classical in style, with a decorative facade. The exterior and interior columns are ionic, a style used in ancient Greece. Elements of Irish design can be seen in the representational rooms, most notably the Irish Waterford Crystal chandeliers.

We will have a Design Diplomacy discussion between graphic designer Amy Dozier and information designer Laura Koivunen-Niemi.

Amy Dozier works on several EU-funded projects primarily focusing on science communication, knowledge dissemination, and stakeholder engagement. Her work has included visualization and graphic design activities for the ECOSTRUCTURE, Clim2Power, EPHEMARE and Climate Ireland projects. She is currently a liaison for the Irish National Hub for the Atlantic Action Plan. This involves the development of visual resources to support participatory mapping of climate change impacts and responses. Essentially she designs graphics that help communities to understand how they will be impacted by climate change and how they will need to respond.
Laura Koivunen-Niemi works as an information designer at Koponen+Hildén in Helsinki. She has previously worked as a multimedia and graphic designer for various public and private agencies in California, and more recently in news graphics for Yle in Finland. Her work with Koponen+Hildén thus far includes a variety of visualizations of the IPCC 1.5 degree report (SR15), the biennial city of Helsinki bicycling account, Finnish endangered species list visualizations, and various environmental and bioeconomy-related projects, among others.

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Get to know the Design Diplomacy speakers’ works at the Design Diplomacy exhibition at Erottaja 2.

The event is part of the Helsinki Design Week Design Diplomacy discussion series, which open the doors to Helsinki-based ambassadors’ residences. See the participating embassies and their schedules here.

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