lawyer wrote:Is the absense of news (by those on the inside) on the Cork threads due to the fact that:
a) nothing is happening in Cork.
b) that the contributors are no longer with us
c) that since all Cork threads were put under one general heading, contributions did seem to slow down very much,
Well, yes, things are very quiet on the forum alright. Obviously a reflection of the situation in the industry really. Architectural firms are being devestated in terms of layoffs...some of us have been in the carnage first hand. So, a good time to reflect back on the last 10 years (say).
The so-called Celtic Tiger. Lots of development done. Lots of money spent and earned. It seemed like the good times could never end. Right now it seems like it was more like a crazy party that got out of hand and went on until long after the party-goers could afford. What a hangover!
So, where did it all go wrong? Lessons learned? Dublins Docklands, great development or incestuous insider shenanigans? Cork Docklands - pipe dream at this stage? Delusional? Anglo-Irish Bank, go-getter can-do achievers or bunch of lying cheating spivs in pin-stripe suits who couldn't believe what they were getting away with? Developers, drivers of growth in the Irish economy, doers (not whingers), patrons of the arts (e.g. Howard Holdings+Sculpture Factory), providers of much needed homes to Irish families in Westmeath, or boorish profit-obsessed immature competitive juveniles of vulgar tastes?
The results of the developments? Lasting beauty or blots on the landscape? Maybe there are no architects left out there to even reflect on these things...gone away, nobody knows where.
We all followed the money, that's what business is about. And more money is better than enough money. This is the rule of the "market" . The Market will decide. Has decided.