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  • in reply to: Removal of Street Furniture #726445
    fergus
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    “skateboarding is not a crime” says the t-shirt but if the population was filled with middle aged housewives it oviously would be! I used to skate a bit myself and I can see both sides of the argument I have to agree with others that the anti-skating measures look bad and that its better to take on board the fact that skaters will be using the built enviroment and think about it at a design stage like some of our european counterparts. I have to say I thought wolftone park seemed better before the wooden tops went on the seats. I understand that the sight of skaters may put faer into the feable but the city is a place for everyone. There was an interesting piece written by -( http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1859734936/202-5808808-3984649 )ian borden I only read an excerpt but it seemed good.
    When I was in the states a few years ago the town was a skate free zone and had a large skate park but to be honnest it only worked due to the heavy handedness of the cops! you never know it could be next on McDouall’s list!
    Have to note here when the skaters left wolftone park that was when the drunken bums moved in and felt more at home! I know which I think are more seem more exciting and less dangerous !

    in reply to: New Liffey pedestrian bridge #723405
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    I love this bridge It seems kind of constructivist I wish it was painted red as a kind of celebration of its presence it might also help to distract from the new bridge. I went down to see it on sunday it just seems so clumsy and over engineered Its like its tryin’ to be a minature if the fosters millenium bridge in london but ………..yea its crap. the matt talbot is quite elegant I think it was post-tensioned on site. and it can take big lorries compared with the most the new bridge might have to take which is a few people? :rolleyes:

    in reply to: unauthorised development #755787
    fergus
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    Guess they shouldn’t have signed the letters!!! There deffinitly seems to be more than a bit of a problem here with retrospective permission applications and the ammount of refusals for permissions for retention. I think a lot of developers know that 99% of the time ifthey get it built they will be let keep it. The comference centre being a prime example. and probably one of the largest scale examples but this kind of crime[/U is rampent at a smaller scale. The example cited above is an example of how ludicrous the system is and the perception of how incignificant the having of permission is to some that after doing wrong then taking legal action against the good citizen who reported the crime for what?reporting him!! -ridiculous.

    I personally think that even the submissions against permissions at local authority level shoud be anonomous as I know that especially in tighter knit communities objections can be taken too seriously and locals are less lightly to object in case of stepping on neighbours/employers/families toes. this doesn’t make for a healthy planning system. Recently looking at an application for a one off house in rural donegal I noted that 100% of the objections against it except for one by an taisce were by non-local people who either holiday there and/or own second homes there and saying this there was a sizable ammount of objections. I don’t believe the reason for this is apathy on the part of locals.

    in reply to: Leeson Street – Kiosque is closed #755878
    fergus
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    wasn’t this sold/bought only a few years ago and was the most expensive property purched/boufght in terms of price per metre sq. in dublin at the time?

    Is that true?

    If so has it been beaten?

    What is if this isn’t/wasn’t?

    in reply to: Government-by-numbers #752844
    fergus
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    heres another view 😉

    in reply to: Bungalow Dilemma #741538
    fergus
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    I guessed the reason why bundoran has been largly seen as this up to now is probably been more to do with the fact that it was probably the cheapest and closest resort to the north and hence why it is so popular with northern tourists. it also so happens that the less well off in the north seem to live on the interfaces of sectarian segregration where the most trouble used to and still does to a lesser extent happen. therefore especially around the 12th of july and also for all the summer (marching season) it became a refuge of sorts. all that said the main reason I see for all this “development” along vwith the tax insentives offered by the government it was probably slightly consumer driven as well since most of the tourists who stayed in bundoran up till now stayed in mobile homes or guest houses and I think our increased economic prosperity has also increased expectations in terms of accomadation and service.

    All that said bundoran centre has had a facelift in the last few years even if its ourskirts are threatening to take over the whole of leitrim. the other good thing about the by-bass being built around both ballyshannon and bundoran for bundoran is that it may now define a limit to where the development can spread (still too far all the same).

    in reply to: Small Monumental Buildings . . . #752570
    fergus
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    yes its untreated but as I said I think it was only ment to be temporary. I kind of like the idea that it shouldn’t be perminant and coud be a thing where there is a new pavillion compitition every year……..serpintine gallery esque! its quite normal for other schools of architecture to do stuff like that -I saw a nice little pavilllion outside the AA a few years ago (even shabbier construction) .Guess sw101 wouldn’t mind 😀

    in reply to: Small Monumental Buildings . . . #752565
    fergus
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    it was the result of a student project run last year and was originaly ment to be a temporay structure. It was built to replace a horrible little structure thrown up by the porters or someone equally immaginitive. the materials were kindly donated by centuary homes and formed part of the brief – i.e. heres the materials you can use design a shelter with them. it has been very sucessfull and nearly everyone seems to like it. Brian Norton the new head of D.I.T. apparently wants simular creations constructed at all the other colleges within the D.I.T.s. I think this kind of student experimentation and competition is only a positive thing and I guess “theres always one!” (begrudger).

    in reply to: Building regs for complete newb #752336
    fergus
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    may I just quote tyler dirdin from fight club- ” sticking feathers up your butt does not make you a chicken!” 😀

    in reply to: National Wax Monstrosity #745660
    fergus
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    if you go and take a close look its possible to see glimces of mouldings in the places where some of the concrete has been removed

    in reply to: Ireland’s Best Architectural Practice #751533
    fergus
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    heres a good place to start lookin if your trin’ to find them lexington.

    https://archiseek.com/content/showthread.php?t=3838

    in reply to: Aai Awards 2005 #751901
    fergus
    Participant

    as I said great work……….. 😉

    in reply to: Aai Awards 2005 #751899
    fergus
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    sw101
    boyd cody are doing very well at the moment. selected by alberto campo baeza for the new 10×10. good stuff

    Not to take away from their great work but its also good to have contacts…………….

    http://www.boydcodyarch.com/

    check out the profiles.

    in reply to: kerbstones on Pearse St. #751581
    fergus
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    speakin’ of cheap and nasty groung finishes the new favorite ground finish seems to be red tarmac embossed with a pattern to make it look like sets. they’ve just done the whole of upper liffey st in it (off henry st. opposite arnotts) 🙁

    in reply to: Group of Independent Architects of Ireland #750942
    fergus
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    the Irish Architects Society? I only ever heard of one person in this and he was a cowboy.

    in reply to: Letterkenny Town Centre #750976
    fergus
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    sorry but has this ment to heve any architectural merit? this looks ridicilous. I can’t see where this is ment to be -port road possibly or up oliver plunket st.? the building looks over scaled and banal to say the least. and -very much bad commercial architecture of about 10/15 years ago and the render is verry dated looking as well to say the least -not that I have anything against watercolour ,stephen holl does great ones ,But the only thing that tells me this has been done reciently is the mini convertable in the foreground!! I think whoever came up with this should reexamine this project for sure and maybe go look at some good contempory architecture in the mean time. Imagine presenting this at a crit in college !!!! I’m sorry if this all seems harsh but I think It had to be said . I feel embarased for you.

    in reply to: Macken St Bridge – Santiago Calatrava #744336
    fergus
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    so the proportions are changin’ eh!! is it just me or does anyone else think the james joyce bridge seems clumsy and not what we expect from a calatrava bridge if compared to most of his others .this one on the other hand does look more like calatrava’s signature style

    in reply to: Thing Mote #749234
    fergus
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    wonder whats hapenin further down the street to the building which had the nice miesien facade which something is happening to at the moment.

    in reply to: Players Square #748463
    fergus
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    if anyone saw the model in woodquay the tower element and 3 smaller blocks which step down from it on the south side look nice and well designed but the rest of it did look like someone else designed it and not near as thoughtfull. I think the planners made the right call on this one.I still hope the good bits get built though .the tower looks way better than the opw’s effort for at heuston (meets the ground disastourasly)

    in reply to: Environment minister removes cap on superstores like IKEA #749255
    fergus
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    [font=Century Gothic:1v4sdzcr]whatever about the fact that most people will use their cars to go shopping to Ikea thats kinda fine with me although there should be an alternative for people who don't have a car.lets be honnest its not people that are doing a once off shoping or even a weekly shopping that are the cause of 99% of the congestion on the road. I don't expect builders to get a bus to the building suppliers if pickin' up a few bags of cement nor do I begrudge someone bringing their car to fill it up at Ikea when furnishing their house! I say bring on IKEA as soon as possible at least the stuff is more designed than the shit the Irish market is flodded with. has anyone here tried to buy rerasonably priced contempoary lookin furniture in ireland- its pretty hard.[/font:1v4sdzcr]

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