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  • in reply to: Veterinary College #714328
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    Here, Cian

    I can’t find the history at all on the site. Whereabouts is it?
    Ta
    John

    in reply to: Astonished, Dublin #714194
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    Well spotted! Everybody take notice.
    John

    in reply to: Veterinary College #714327
    john white
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    What?!?!

    Are those REALLY turn of the century? They don’t look it at all. Or perhaps my inexperience is just showing. Yep, they should be kept. The road facing aspect is pretty dull but the rest is worth saving. I wish I owned it. Lovely curved corner ala Busarus, half-cylindrical staircase outer wall.

    Certainly worth keeping especially in such an architecturally impoverished place as Ireland.

    Turn of the century – I still don’t believe it. Design of THAT quality in Ireland THEN?

    John

    in reply to: Nation Building #714464
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    The couple of modern looking buildings that ARE in Venice – as far as I’m concerned – have NO right to be there. It disgusts me. Venice is special, it’s not just a city, a collection of functional buildings.

    No,
    Venice is a complete work of art. If a Renaissance painting is damaged do you fill the hole with a cow’s head in formaldehyde? A video installation?

    in reply to: hawkins house #731801
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    TEAR IT DOWN !
    TEAR IT DOWN !
    TEAR IT DOWN !
    TEAR IT DOWN !
    TEAR IT DOWN !
    TEAR IT DOWN !

    in reply to: Temple Bar Properties sin? #714074
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    I believe what often happens even if the structure isn’t ‘accidentally’ hit by a JCB or something is that the site is left untouched BUT the buildings on either side are demolished – the resulting lack of support and heavy vibration can undermine and often results in the building being condemned for safety sake.

    Achieving the same convenient end result as illegal demolition.

    This is just what I’ve been told can happen. This was also related to me about 9 years ago during a discussion re: Temple Bar – strangely enough.

    in reply to: hawkins house #731797
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    Oh come on… they’re not really going to bother are they? Jesus, Ballymun flats are to be destroyed what makes Hawkin’s House more worthy of salvation?

    How much would a totally new building cost?

    Are they attempting to save some post modern classic or something?

    John

    in reply to: Nation Building #714459
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    Bus Arse

    God, I never even thought of that before. I bet that nickname didn’t escape most Dubs…

    John

    in reply to: Nation Building #714457
    john white
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    No problem DRC76,

    I wouldn’t like to put accross the wrong impression that they were including images of the back ends of Buses in a program devoted to Architecture. No no, not at all… they were most definitely COW’S arses.

    Hope this helps,
    John

    in reply to: History of Site #714049
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    Ha – sorry, I just thought that was very funny. Must be because I’ve got Bronchial Flu and my mind is shot.

    Have a great weekend all….
    John

    in reply to: Archer’s Garage #715568
    john white
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    Nope. I think we expected this really.

    in reply to: Nation Building #714453
    john white
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    HA HA HA HAAAAAAAA

    I saw it again last night. God it’s hopeless.
    Is it just me or is the entire thing done in extreme close-up? Perhaps the series was shot [badly] in regular format and then they went “oh crap, it looks really boring – let’s cut off the top and bottom so it’ll be in cinescope!” And then we went “Oh crap, they’ve cut off the tops of people’s heads.”

    There are [very occasional] potentially nice shots of lone corrugated steel sheds but the cameras too close and not even centered!??!? Eh? Was the crew blind?
    They must have been – everytime they shoot one of the Nation’s Buildings… a bleeding great tractor rolls past it! Oh look another tractor… the grand finale was a shot of a totally dull structure with about 4 tractors obscuring it. Bravo.

    Oh yes, and containers of shite trundling along the streets. I said “hey look – it’s another big load of shite” everybody laughed at the irony. The cows arses were also quite tremendous. The edit suite: “Hey, get this! Why don’t we… now stick with me on this… why don’t we put a shot of a building just here I think we’ll get a nice juxtaposition? No, to hell with it – put in another COW’S ARSE.” Genius, Mr. DeMille, sheer genius.

    What on earth is that opening title supposed to be?!?!?!?

    Can you imagine for one minute what the BBC could do with this subject?

    I must say, RTE has a dreadful TV comedy record but no more! Let’s hope next weeks is an improvement.

    in reply to: Worse again? #713521
    john white
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    Didn’t Dermot object to the Tilted Bucket downriver because it was totally out of character with it’s surroundings? Or was that the aborted skyscraper behind Ulster Bank…

    Hmmm, well I must say; this is MUCH more sensitive a design, isn’t it everybody?

    Mine’s bigger than yours
    Mine’s bigger than yours

    in reply to: Worse again? #713520
    john white
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    Does Desmond call that a ‘Sphere’?

    John

    in reply to: Worse again? #713519
    john white
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    What a vulgar pile.

    This is really just ‘my ****’s bigger than yours’ type architecture. It’s like the leather sofa, the red braces, the BMW boxter, the palm pilot, the chunky watch of architecture. It’s the ‘I’ve got millions of dosh and a blonde 16 year old girlfriend in the passenger seat; but no sense of culture or respect for those around me.

    Actually if Hitler or Mussolini were alive today they’d just love it.

    The corporate world makes me sick. It’s got as much taste as someone who lives on ‘Graphic novels’- which is what probably inspired this mis-shapen, heavy, brutalistic, textureless, colourless, emotionless, inhuman monstrosity.

    It’s a 4th class schoolbook doodle.

    John

    in reply to: Nation Building #714446
    john white
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    AAAARRGGHH !

    I missed it – working too late.

    But, a couple of my friends [at least as cultured and as interested as myself] said it was very disapointing.

    • Lots of style – not very good style
    • Lots of drum & bass music – irritating and unnecessary
    • Badly shot – especially the interviews, zooming in on people’s coffee cups or shoulder’s whilst they spoke
    • Unimaginative choices of and repetition of images

    I shouldn’t be writing this probably as I haven’t actually seen it; but these were the sorts of comments I heard. Is there any truth to them?

    When I say ‘disapointing’ I’m being restrained. I hope I enjoy it next week myself as a series like this is overdue. I suppose the first episode had most of the interesting stuff though. Ireland pavillion etc..

    John

    in reply to: golden ratio in irish architecture #715152
    john white
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    What, you mean the Golden Section?

    .667 or whatever it is? It’s a very interesting subject indeed. Basically
    it’s ratio/composition/ordering system
    that comes completely naturally to
    everybody – very hard to consciously
    resist.

    Anna Karenina
    All chapters numbered until 2 thirds through
    the chapter is called ‘Death’.

    Most Symponies have some climactic moment around .6.

    Virtually all visual art uses the proportion.

    Even the presenters on TV always have their eyes placed 2 thirds the way up on screen no matter how wide the shot.
    BBC Radio 4 did a fascinating programme about it 2 years ago.
    John

    in reply to: Sandymount Presbyterian Church #713475
    john white
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    This has to stop
    John

    in reply to: Dublin’s Ugliest Building #713136
    john white
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    But surely, datumdesign; The Customs House benefits greatly from the Railway Bridge in the same way that the Basilica Di San Marco in Venice and The Duomo in Milan benefit from one’s emergence on foot from the the Venice Correr Museum Loggia and the Milan Arcade, respectively?

    An unexpectedly breathtaking vista opens before your eyes as break through into the open.

    Paris on the other hand with it’s infinitely superior buildings suffers from it’s Imperialist ‘2 mile long straight streets’ arrangement. My the time you reach the building you’re shagged out and familiar with it. You’re made to feel small gradually, Speer approved of this idea.

    I prefer the shock to the nervous system on first suddenly taking a structure in at once in all it’s staggering magnificence from close-up!

    Ever visited the Pantheon?

    John

    in reply to: Dublin’s Most Beautiful Building #714123
    john white
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    Oh yes,

    I definitely agree with the Gas B, Post Office, Dept. Trade.., Sunlight.

    Have you seen the Byzantine style Amusement Arcade on Westmoreland st a couple of doors down from B.O.I? Fabulously decorative facade.

    John

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