"Are Waterfront Hall and the Odyssey Centre really such fantastic buildings? I had them down as ok-to-good rather than great, but what do I know - years since I've been to Belfast, and pictures can deceive."
I think theyre both average large scale developments, in Dublin we dont have the like or similar facilities so there would be a certaijn amount of envy for them as facilities, their sites, and not as buildings. The Odyssey Centre I really dont like at all.
"However I greatly like the look of the Marketplace Centre in Armagh by Glenn Howells, a seemingly excellent new modernist centre making interesting use of precast concrete etc - and in an ancient town that had also been bombed to bits. But again - I've not yet been there, I only know Glenn's buildings on mainland UK. Anyone on this list know Armagh and can offer a view?"
I know Armagh, not too far from Monaghan. The old centre of Armagh has emerged relatively unscathed from the troubles except for the fact it was fairly run down due to the security barriers on the narrow streets. Lots of narrow streets with good stone houses, dominated by the CofI cathedral in the middle, around which the town lies in its shadow. The market square development addresses the town quite well, but its my opinion that urban authorities do these projects much better in N.Ireland than in the Republic.
[This message has been edited by Paul Clerkin (edited 29 May 2001).]