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Wynn’s Hotel, or the Adolf Loos Bar in Trinity?
that lion over the entrance to Newman House is quite amusing. anyone know who was the sculptor?
Church in Cong by Noel Dowley is pretty good.
Waterford Catherdral too.
It is very difficult to separate the buildings of Sam Stephenson from the Fianna Fail culture in which they were built. So many of them caused huge political controversy – Wood Quay, and Fitzwilliam Square.
On the other hand the group 91 approach would reflect perhaps the shift to a politics of consensus in Ireland (and the decline of Socialism). The squatting and DIY culture that came with the resistance to the destruction of Dublin was supposed to have been kept in the Temple Bar work but in the cappucino cleanup it was quickly removed.
Free performances are important for civic pride. Handing over Smithfield to MCD to organize the concerts seemed pretty lazy on the part of the corporation. Only those who had the money got to see it. There is nothing like chancing upon a free concert in the city. It really adds to the richness of urban life. Even free tickets do not allow for that.
The renovation of public space is one of the best physical manifestations of the boom. The new squares should be the cityâ€™s living rooms not just the pubs.
There are some neglected spaces that still have alot of potential.Are there any plans to upgrade the Cornmarket in the Liberties? The car-park in front of the swimming pool in Rathmines could become a great meeting area. The main street is pretty lacking in outdoor amenities.
Would anyone be interested in posting suggestions for these spaces? Not only written but visual ideas. Your photoshop dreams for public space near you.
there are also supposed to be a series of underground tunnels linking the various buildings in UCD. the campus was designed around the time of mass student riots around europe so these tunnels probably made sense to the authorities then.
the crypts of Christchurch, St. Patrick’s cathedral and City Hall must also count as some of the most interesting underground spaces in Dublin.
do all the georgian basements count?
that carpark and gym used be a grain storehouse i think. The carpark beside it is a pretty incredible space. Some of the buildings are up for sale in that alleyway.If the floor above was removed from Tyrone productions car park it would make a really great public square. There is this lovely red-brick arch at the entrance to the car-park.
TnaG had a show recently called Cogar:Tacsai
It did give a fairly good sense of contemporary dublin at night, good and bad.
Frank Gehry – Jerry Garcia
Aldo Rossi – Jean-Michel Jarre
Zaha Hadid – Skunk Anansie
Winy Maas – Fatboy Slim (if OMA were the Chemical Bros.)
Charles Jencks – Larry Gogan definitely
isn’t minimalism all about abstension really?
does it in all honesty have a place in a drinking hole? personally most minimalist pubs give a licence for pretensiousness.
I noticed this also in Italy when everyone took their holidays together in August. At last in the city I am in, it was possible to cross the road without having to do a sort of improvised dance through the throng of cars and vespas. However at the end of the holidays here, there were 18 million cars on the road in Italy all trying to return home and most of the roads were at a standstill resembling something out of REM’s ‘everybody hurts’ video. However at the same time the city felt dead largely due to lack of people, but the cars too give life to a city.
Who can think of New York, Rome or London without cars? I’d have to say if there were no cars in the centre of Dublin I would miss the mental satisfaction of flying past the miles of gridlock from the canal to the liffey on my bicycle.
It would almost seem inevitable that Gehry will be asked to do a building in Dublin. Ben Van Berkel’s prediction of architects becoming the fashion designers of the future would seem very much to be true. Unfortunately Ireland in general seems to get/pick the diffusion range of the elite group of style architects – witness Calatrava’s bridges. We only want the white t-shirt with the big label on the front.
Does anyone remember Daniel Libeskind’s proposal for the National Gallery? Now that would have ruffled a few feather’s not only of the public but of the design community also.
yes, on the square. If you stand with your back to the main entrance to the basillica, it is half-way down along the arcade to your left. Can’t be more precise for a future visit. try getting the Carlo Scarpa guide if you want to see more of his buildings if in Italy in the future.
how about ‘domestic’ by dominic stevens.
you can get it in Waterstones on Dawson St.
lovely presentation, interesting ideas
One other building crying out for a painting is the entrance to the Department of Agriculture. It is a fine fitout inside but why do they have to leave the canopy outside in such a state?
the building does exist, although is now an art gallery. It used be a showrrom for Olivetti. It is located on St. Mark’s Square.
Try the skewarch site for more info on Scarpa.
I saw it in Glasgow last year and found it all a bit bland and dull. It really seemed like every parliament house around got a mention with a drawing or two of it. The only detailed exhibit I can remember was the Parliament in Westminster with a great model of the building. It was a pity that the sort of analysis that was to be found in the Westminster exhibit was not to be found elsewhere. The exhibition was otherwise too general.
It is being renovated by Scott Tallon Walker.
According to Building Material there will be an exhibition of research work done by students of the Architectural Association in the RIAI soon enough. There will be an AAI site visit to the house on Sat. June 3 @ 11am
Yes Venice is special but it must remain a liveable city for it to be so special, not just an image. There are a few lovely modern pieces in Venice by Carlo Scarpa – the Olivetti buillding (now an art gallery)on Piazza San Marco is one example.
The challenge facing Venice now is how to preserve its essence and yet allow communities to remain there and even to grow.
It cannot just rely on tourism as a source of income or it risks becoming a self-parody.