That Nolan Brophy website certainly says a lot. Actually, Iâ€™ll just post it again in case Sue missed it;
SUE CLICK HERE: http://www.nolan-brophy.com/html/new_dev.htm#
DublinLimerick, yes, I know perfectly well it would normally be â€œIsnâ€™tâ€. I use â€œArenâ€™tâ€ as in â€œArenâ€™t they?â€ because the preponderance of, and positive coverage of, period-style development in the I. I. supplement clearly reflects the group of people who put it together, and to distinguish it from the main paper, who have some good writers like Treacy Hogan and John S. Doyle.
More than anything when I flick through the I. I. property supplement, I find it hard to believe it is 2005. Itâ€™s more like weâ€™re in the first wave of â€˜Georgian-styleâ€™ building of 20-30 years ago (popularised, inadvertently, by the Irish Georgian Societyâ€™s campaigns to save real Georgian architecture), except itâ€™s much more sinister now because the sale of development land is a business/income in itself, & all the other reasons mentioned already. It was full of crap again today!
It was the sick phraseology like â€œstunningly elegant country housesâ€, the building company being called â€˜Surestoneâ€™ (you wouldnâ€™t find one piece of real stone on those houses), and the parallel ignorance of planning issues that really got me about that I. I. piece. Incidentally, thereâ€™s no name on the article, but the name on the top of the page is Valerie McGrath, so I presume it is by her. Hard to believe this piece to appeared in her own paper a few months ago: http://www.archiseek.com/content/showthread.php?t=3262
I know Iâ€™m stating the obvious here, but estates like â€˜Carrigleaâ€™ are born out of a vicious circle of bad planning: - sprawl, one-off housing & its associated traffic generation reduce the liveability of urban centres, where the jobs are, resulting in the building of estates like this, supposedly â€˜away from it allâ€™. But, being car-dependent, they further reduce the liveability of urban centres & the area around them, generating more demand for estates and one-offs in quiet places. And so it goes on.â€¦