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July 26, 2006 at 1:42 pm in reply to: Nuclear Power as Part of Sustainable Ireland? #777318
That is because plutonium (fast breeder reactors) and Fusion (deuterium) would extend the range infinitelyJuly 24, 2006 at 11:35 pm in reply to: What’s up docks? #751404
The world is a messJuly 20, 2006 at 5:37 pm in reply to: Kildare Civic Offices #757384
Your’re right but then it is neither in the top 5 since Bus Aras. It woulod be better to form a crtique of the work itself than place it in a ranking scheme. Marmite is an interesting description, but if you were to follow the analogy christmas pudding would be more appropriate. Lots of different ingredients boiled to form a glutinous mass without any single unifying theme.July 20, 2006 at 1:52 pm in reply to: Kildare Civic Offices #757382
there is no way this is “up there with Busaras”July 19, 2006 at 7:44 pm in reply to: Kildare Civic Offices #757378
“Ãras Chill Dara was awarded in the RIBA European Awards 2006, and was described as a project “developed with singular confidence and brio.”” Didn’t visit the building then?
Shaffrey’s were the architectsFebruary 24, 2006 at 12:01 pm in reply to: ESB Headquarters Fitzwilliam Street #775391
As this is a material change of the facade it would require planning permission. If it does not have planning permission it is an illegal development. You can join the rest of the dots…….February 17, 2006 at 4:11 pm in reply to: O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects win RIAI Gold #763106
1. Awards are not only a consequence of quality but of political influence. One might discount early AAI awards because of the narrowness of the constituency.
2. Architects must take some responsibility for performance, at least designing so that a building might hope to perform in the real world.
3. The Biennale project suffered from a lack of technical and architectural coherence with a mixture of constructional methodologies, which either illustrates a naivetÃ© about such things, a desire to subvert them or an essay on the total disconnect between architecture and the methods of building.
4. In an world lacking differentiation in professions, art and other realms, architects have attempted to regain a rarefied platform by the use of the new, the original act, the difference. unfortunately this usually means that in order to be different extremes of expression are rife, leading usually to 2. or 3. hoping to get 1.
5. The ranelagh school suffers from many of the same difficulties in 3. Disconnected elements, the brick blockhouses on the corner, the steel framed stoa to the rear, the playground (roof) facing the wrong way, the timber extensions to the rear and the stone/concrete fire escape (after-thought it seems) to the front.
6. 1. is possible especially if you desire to be considered part of a particular milieu and thus Ranelagh owes a lot to Bonell & Gill and other Spanish, proto rationalist modernist work. However these are quotations rather than a piece of writing in its own right.
7. Ranelagh pushes the modernist objectification of function (via Stirling & others) into the realm of post classical thinking, with its two bays, large formal room at the middle which places it well within the post modern body of work, while not admitting it. Certainly better than the woeful Children’s Court and IFC but still short on the coherent thread.
8. Where is disappoints however is in the lack of embrace in the user, the child and while the children offer much praise, it is relative, since what can they compare it against and certainly it is better than a tin shed which it replaced.
9. Being critical is not useful. It is better to illuminate so that people can make their own mind up. Generally I am not a fan, the work tends towards the shallow projection of image over content and the disappointment continues. A good graphic in a magazine does not architecture make.February 15, 2006 at 2:46 am in reply to: O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects win RIAI Gold #763091
Ok so we have gone from being critical about everything to being critical about nothing. Raising up various candidates on pedestals is not a progressive way forward, especially when you see the quality of work that appears daily in Europe and in the new accession countries. For the most part most of the work here is by and large pedestrian intellectually and suffers seriously from an inability to bring the complete composition to a meaningful relevant conclusion. The Ranelagh School, while being one of the better works by ODT it certainly has major questions over its relationship to it s subject. So too does the Glucksman. Just because it is different does not grant it absolution to be merely wilful. Regardless of stylistic preferences we should be working toward a critical position that can discuss these matters without relying on accusations of snobbery or axe grinding. The work has to present itself without the cloak of favouritism or influence and be seen in its true state as is. A case in point is Henngean.Peng’s Kildare Offices that will likely receive awards but is a seriously flawed work conceptually and materially. Yet we will get threads extolling the adventurousness, the “dynamic” facade, the “social” ramps and the crisp brutal detailing. There will be little time for the mundane-ness of the curtain wall, the uncomfortable ramps or the unresolved joints and corners.February 2, 2006 at 10:45 am in reply to: How well do you know Dublin? #765806
A Jervis Street
D – Corner D’Olier St
E – PortobellaJanuary 16, 2006 at 11:55 am in reply to: New Public Space for Docklands #765217
The “lighting” poles have a distinctly Chinese feel (like those small garden candles you can get at the Asia Store). The image is still cheesy.January 6, 2006 at 12:59 pm in reply to: New Opera House Wexford #765036
The Athlone project was advertised in the EU journal under Design Management and not as a comeptition or tender, maybe this occured here also. Since there is obviously Public Money (OPW) involved there should be more accountability.January 6, 2006 at 12:58 pm in reply to: New Opera House Wexford #765035December 12, 2005 at 11:29 pm in reply to: The Abbey for the Docks #763982
This is like watching a car accident in slow motion as the abbey creeps its way down river only to collide first with the Roche”parmesan shaker” national conference centre (new hybrid there, guaranteed a full house most nights) on its way to meet the Liebeskind “swiss wedge” art centre to rest finally in the middle of the Liffey. The question is, does cheese float?November 14, 2005 at 9:34 am in reply to: O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects win RIAI Gold #763085
Somebody once told me that the selection of any winner in any competition is a reflection on the assessors who make the selection. This result is a surprise, not necessarily by what was included but by what was left out. As for the school this is a building designed by and for adults. The details, scale and organisation are less about the direct experience of the young and more about the rarefied air of the adult.October 24, 2005 at 3:50 pm in reply to: Liam Lawlor #762581
Both mercedesOctober 16, 2005 at 9:55 pm in reply to: Lutyens @ Islandbridge, Mitchell + Assoc #762518
This was an invited competition but I don’t know how the invites were organised.October 16, 2005 at 9:34 pm in reply to: Causeway Competition Winner #762463
The silence on this is deafening.September 15, 2005 at 10:53 am in reply to: Copper Building #761566
this link does not seem to workSeptember 7, 2005 at 1:04 pm in reply to: Architecture in the West #761178
Seek quotes, always