Review

Glitter and Decay.

Glitter and Decay.

FEB 12 2016 Growing up in the 1980s in Ireland meant a weekly Saturday morning dose of Make and Do. Within the long programme format of Anything Goes, in ten minutes Mary FitzGerald turned toilet roll holders, cereal boxes and plastic bottles into castles and rockets and thousands of children across Ireland flew off on ...

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Bricks and Strings.

Bricks and Strings.

On a former timber-yard in an historic part of Dublin’s brick-city, where road development tore the built fabric apart, O’ Donnell and Tuomey have made 47 homes inside a red, dense and solid brick form. The architects employ a remarkable, radical and relevant piece of urban-nostalgia as people are literally put before profit in ...

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Same New. Same New.

Same New. Same New.

You may have read or heard somewhere that Ireland is in a recession. For architecture this is indeed serious, as the production of architecture – at least in its built form - depends on client commissions, and the existence of commissions vitally depends on the availability of client money. So the picture appears bleak, ...

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Dromaheir.

Dromaheir.

The Kevin Kieran Award was established by the Arts Council in partnership with the Office of Public Works to honour the memory and work of architect Kevin Kieran, the first architectural advisor to the Arts Council. The award was established to continue the work that Kieran began in nurturing the work of emerging, practicing ...

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Richmond.

Richmond.

The Irish obsession with property and home owning continues, and with it a kind of obvious paradox is emerging. The house is part of public culture yet the house’s role as a refuge from public life and the domain for the pursuit of individual pleasure grows dominant. Society is promoting this, is demanding this, ...

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There Is A Moment.

There Is A Moment.

There is a moment, when the scale of any natural landscape becomes too immense for the individual to feel anything but overwhelmed and undermined. Yet at this moment, we can achieve an extreme sense of self, a moment of acceptance of the fragility of the body, and the endurance of mind and memory. Architecture ...

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Monkstown

Monkstown

Arguably, in our recent domestic past, the street facade of an Irish persons home was seen as a critical projection of his or her status in society. Over the last ten years however, the back lands of Dublin have adopted this role, as more and more dwellers, unwilling or unable to move house, release ...

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