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Architecture, Design, Exhibition, Research

From June 15th to August 27th “Experiments in Urban Re-use, regeneration, culture and architecture in the Ravenna Docklands”, work by the cultural association Meme Exchange and the architectural firms Officina Meme and Atelier Francis will be exhibited in Dublin Castle as part of the ‪#‎GlobalIrishDesign Challenge exhibition.


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The project ‘Experiments in Urban Re-use’ will be presented at ‪#‎GIDC Exhibition as a portolan navigational chart, a cube like a shipping crate, that can be reassembled and transported elsewhere.


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 “culture-led redevelopment of urban areas … should be promoted to preserve the social fabric, improve economic returns and increase competitiveness, by giving impetus to a diversity of intangible cultural heritage practices as well as contemporary creative expressions”.  The Hangzhou Declaration on Sustainable Development


List of  selected projects at…/

Design & Crafts Council of Ireland DCCoI Events Irish Design 2015 ‪#‎irishdesign




Exhibition, Research

DIS-CONNECTED MEME: Experiments in Urban Reuse 4




11-12-13 October 2014, Ravenna

DIS-CONNECTED is the experimentation of a social, economic, cultural, technological and sustainable model of reuse of abandoned spaces in the contemporary city.


The cultural association MEME invites you to DIS-CONNECTED at the historical headquarters of the TSN National Shooting Range in Via Cavalcoli 9, Ravenna


This event represents the fourth stage of the project Experiments in Urban Reuse, begun two years ago in the Ravenna city Docklands, as an instrument of active experimentation and reinterpretation of how to reenergise decommissioned spaces from a grassroots level.


The inauguration takes place during the Notte d’Oro (Golden Night) festival on Saturday October 11th 2014 from 5.00pm.


and the presentation of Experiments in Urban Reuse by meme exchange and of the project “Casa dei Creativi – the prototype”

(Architects MC.Garavelli, E.Francis, E.Greco, C.Bellini, L.Bissi)


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The event will conclude on Monday October 13th with the arrival of the European Commission jury for the Capital of Culture 2019.


This event is curated by Meme Exchange and the TSN Ravenna, in partnership with Ravenna 2019.


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Architecture, Research





Meme Exchange has presented the project “Experiments in Urban Re-Use, Regeneration, Culture and Architecture in the Ravenna Docklands. The Tsn – Tiro a Segno Nazionale” at the 2014 International Union of Architects World Congress in Durban South Africa from August 3-7.

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The UIA congress is held every three years and it is the most important meeting of architects in the world. This year the theme was ‘Architecture Otherwhere’ and it was attended by 4.213 delegates from 102 countries.




Meme Exchange, represented by architect Elizabeth Francis, presented an academic paper on the Ravenna project in the congress section ‘Ecology’. The paper was selected through a double blind peer review process and describes the events that the architects and cultural association have been pursuing with a view to the regeneration of the TSN historical site as part of the Ravenna 2019 European City of Culture bid.


It presented for the first time the new design for an OFF-GRID PROTOTYPE BUILDING that will facilitate events in abandoned spaces.



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Exhibition, Research

Lightness by Meme – Powered by PechaKucha – Ravenna Notte d’Oro


Exhibition, Research

Experiments in Urban Re-Use, Ravenna October 20th


On October 20th as part of the Notte d’Oro festival the TSN Ravenna will open the doors of it’s historical buildings to the public. This site is unique in the port area of Ravenna and for one night will become and open-air gallery and will host an exhibition of international projects on urban transformation. atelier Francis will be there along with Ri-generazione urbana, Basso Profilo, Fumbally Exchange, Cooperativa le Ali and Khaapins!. The Fumbally Exchange from Dublin will show their co-operative design hub presented by founding director George Boyle.


Full programme here: Notte D’Oro Ravenna and on facebook

Exhibition, Research

Elizabeth Francis speaking at the RIAI Annual Conference

The title for the RIAI conference this year is “Architecture Ethical Practise, the role of the architect in a constantly changing world”. The keynote speaker is David Chipperfield, Director of the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale. As Commissioner of the Pavilion of Ireland at the Biennale, Elizabeth Francis will present the Irish approach to Common Ground during the session “The Role of the Architect”.  She will speak along with Constantin Gurdgiev, Dr Kieran Allen, and Selma Harrington President of the Architects’ Council of Europe. This will be followed by a  panel discussion chaired by RIAI president Michelle Fagan.




W.I.N Women’s International Networking Conference Rome October 2011

Elizabeth Francis was a featured speaker a this years W.I.N. conference in Rome. The theme of the conference was “Creating History” and her intervention was in the discussion on “The Future of Work”. The conference was opened by Deputy Emma Bonino and was attended by over 950 delegates from
all over the world.

Architecture, Research

Public Lectures, Chicago and Milwaulkee

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in partnership with Chicago Women in Architecture, Columbia College Chicago and the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, invited Elizabeth Francis to give a series of talks and workshops in January 2011.

The series opened with a public lecture at the Museum of Contemporary Art titled “Architecture and the Environment” where Elizabeth Francis discussed how where we live affects our understanding of our environment. She showed examples of integrated design from her work with the firm Mario Cucinella Architects and her current projects under atelier Francis, which incorporate research, architecture and art concluding with reflections on the realities of being a working woman in Italy today.