Kevin Fox Memorial Lecture

Kevin Fox Memorial Lecture

Postby Paul Clerkin » Sat Mar 13, 2004 12:24 am

Kevin Fox Memorial Lecture

Desmond McMahon
Gilroy McMahon Architects

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Architecture Discourses

Wednesday 24 March 6PM
Main lecture theatre - room 259
Dublin School of Architecture, Bolton Street Dublin
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Postby garethace » Thu Mar 18, 2004 9:51 pm

Know any other projects they have done, that you like Paul? Not as big as Croker....

Should be an interesting talk about Croker, after the event so to speak, if nothing else.

Not many projects I would think go on as long as that... wonder who will get Landsdowne Road? :)
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Fri Mar 19, 2004 10:36 pm

I like their work at the National Museum in Collins Barracks.... especially the linking stairwells on the southern facade - not much to look at from the river but a nice quality of light inside.
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Postby garethace » Sat Mar 20, 2004 1:29 pm

Pretty nice re-arrangement of the forums here Paul, feels different, much easier to read too.
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Postby garethace » Wed Mar 24, 2004 9:56 pm

Any opinions? Something I picked up was...... Is architecture an art or not?

Well, taking up this line of questioning.... I do think that almost all of Mr. MacMahon's Architecture displayed one very interesting characteristic, which may have been thanks to a background in art and crafts. In a painting, nearly every detail, every colour, texture, square inch is considered. I was once shocked at seeing the Mona Lisa in reality, by how small it really was. Yet its image seemed to be so universal. I have to say, I haven't encountered this way of looking at architecture so much before.... but it is interesting.

How every little sketch done on week 1, when 'throwing about ideas', finds a relationship to a very slick presentation graphic - which was done at more cost, time and effort to benchmark that 'little idea'. How every detail in the finished work, relates back to the 'concept' in some way. How even the section of Croke Park Stadium could be compared to the clay pot, which was carefully created by a potter. In some way, in this case, architecture was an art.... because like in a good painting, every area of the canvas was not just 'incidental'.

In fact, this all fits rather neatly into my own impression of architects, who are individuals capable of looking at the same problem from many different angles. In contrast to any good engineer, who is capable of seeing many different problems from the same angle. :)


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