What’s causing Dublin architecture to change???
November 7, 2005 at 9:47 pm #708220jaz_83Participant
Will modern architecture soon take over the now exsisting historic streetscape? New buildings were always carefully designed so that they did not destroy the original street scape of the city, if possbile old buildings were always conserved as long as it possible can stand.
But, now look at Temple Bar, modern architecture, new materials that don’t match with the rest of the area….
South Georges street, a modern building constructed of up to date materials popping up in the middle of street full of red georgian/victorian buildings….. What is happening?
Buildings along the liffey one by one the facades of them are being upgraded slowing to what we call modern architecture, that’s not conservation right?
Tall buildings such as skyscrapers are not allowed because it destroys our skyline???? What about the five to six story apartment developements on the docks… call me crazy but Dublin architecture is taking a turning point.
What’s causing this change? Is it the introduction of new materials that cheap,modern, fast to construct, appealing etc.
I am doing a dissertation on the changing archtecture of Dublin and these are some of the questions that i am raising for it, please take part in my survey research and your opnions are highly appreciated.
If any questions come to mind please do forward them to me as I am not originally from Ireland I need all the help i can get. Thank you kindly!!!
November 8, 2005 at 1:21 pm #762953sjpclarkeParticipant
“But, now look at Temple Bar, modern architecture, new materials that don’t match with the rest of the area….”
“South Georges street, a modern building constructed of up to date materials popping up in the middle of street full of red georgian/victorian buildings….. What is happening?”
“Tall buildings such as skyscrapers are not allowed because it destroys our skyline???? What about the five to six story apartment developements on the docks… call me crazy but Dublin architecture is taking a turning point.”
Jas_83: I’ve included the above quotes as they indicate to me that you don’t have a very firm starting point for this dissertation. Just to take the above contradictory quotes as illustration :
– Temple Bar is actually – for the most part – a very good example of moulding the new and the old. The urban fabric, grain and scale have all largely been retained. The majority of the complete new builds are of a very high quality.
– What do Victorian and Georgian buildings have to do with one another? The Victorian era was itself an example of style gone mad.
– Your excessive use of ????? suggests that you think skyscrappers (your word) would not disrupt our skyline and disturb the scale of Dublin.
Anyway – what is causing the rash of cranes across the city: MONEY – MONEY – MONEY!!!!!!! and a renewed faith (from circa late 80s) in Dublin city centre! As to the architecture … too much bland, faceless, unimaginative, unsustainable, corporate rubbish!
Perhaps this is unfair, but what argument are you actually making. You say you are not from Ireland – I take it you are at pleast based here.
November 8, 2005 at 1:31 pm #762954urbanistoParticipant
I think the number of continental employees at major architectural firms might be having a positive effect on the quality of new builds in the city. You can definately see a step change from the ‘build anything’ styles prior to c. 2000 with a grwoing awareness of new styles, materials and forms etc since then. Its not all good news for sure (Capel Building – my pet hate) but some of the new stuff is promising enough.
I think expectations have a lot to do with it as well. The early 1990s dross along the western quays of Dublin just won’t wash anymore. Investors and private buyers are starting to become more decerning.
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