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September 6, 2005 at 8:05 pm in reply to: Architecture in the West #761176
Architects have been known to travel.August 31, 2005 at 11:00 am in reply to: Microsoft Campus Redevelopment in Sandyford #760564
Is 32 storeys related to anything. A Magic Number?July 21, 2005 at 1:44 pm in reply to: The next best critics #759903
Writers or critics Irish or International, presumably Irish since you indicate 2, which 2, Shane O’Toole (not necessarily a critic), Frank McDonald (environmental journalist).July 12, 2005 at 9:36 am in reply to: Architect v Technician #759722
Like so many other threads this has deconstructed into smart alex like behaviour of people who should know better. Twenty8 asked some pertinent questions which have been lost in the foray into slagging. The difficulty that many clients have in choosing the correct advice for a project they will probably only undertake once in their lives is not something to be belittled. Especially in an aesthetic environment that is so undifferentiated as Ireland. Especially where there is no registration and no enforcement of basic Building regulations.June 29, 2005 at 4:54 pm in reply to: Kildare Civic Offices #757373
Photographs taken by camera phone on Tuesday 28 June 2005June 17, 2005 at 5:13 pm in reply to: What’s up docks? #751283
Surely they realise the high level of services required of a theatre for back of house operations. Maybe it is to be an outdoor theatre in the round. That way it can be cheap and cheerful as long as everyone brings umbrellas, perhaps turn the Quay into a coliseum. Bread and circuses anyone????? Maybe this announcement has a bit of bloomsday about it.June 15, 2005 at 10:10 pm in reply to: Architural journalism. #756941
This is not helpful. To return to the original question how about Vincent Borwne for unfettered critiqueJune 9, 2005 at 3:43 pm in reply to: Architural journalism. #756934
Frank Mc Donald has over the years put his neck on the chopping block and has been supported by the Irish Times especially where there is real evidence.May 31, 2005 at 1:52 pm in reply to: High Specification Shroud Advertising #756608
There was a wonderful opportunity for an integrated art advertisement for the scaffolding around the statues in O’Connell Street. Instead we have drab boxes of torn scaffolding mesh. When the restoration of the Washington Monument (Obelisk) ion the Mall was being undertaken Michael Graves designed a temporary scaffolding which was illuminated at night, a surrogate monument.May 4, 2005 at 11:26 am in reply to: Dublinspirations #748560
No people eitherMay 4, 2005 at 11:12 am in reply to: Dublinspirations #748559
Dublin as part of a DOOM scenarioApril 29, 2005 at 5:22 pm in reply to: National Stadium #752954
Regarding Gay Mitchell and the Olympics. The reason why a number of people got involved was that if you planned in for the possibility of an Olympic bid it would mean that later on when you might actually be tempted the facilities could have been brought to bear. Though an initial investment might be a bit bigger, it is certainly cheaper than having to start form scratch. If we keep building to minimal standards then we will have minimal facilities.April 28, 2005 at 9:09 am in reply to: Architects level of service #753057
If the “architect” is a member of a professional contact their ethics/professional conduct committee. Most of the organisations RIAI, IEI etc. have one. They will map out the proper course of action.
Document everything, including the truculent behaviour.
If is a communication issue, get another representative from his/her office to manage the project.
If he/she is a junior in an office (i.e. not director or principal) speak to the director or principal).
Engage in crisis management techniques, talk the problem out, put all the cards on the table, re-confirm the objective, i.e. completion of project, performance criteria (properly specified by either party), talk about what is tangible not what is aspiration or hope.
Seek timelines and written targets for simple things like production of drawings, images, specifications, etc.
Avoid adversarial processes if possible such as law courts. They tend not to solve the problem, merely make it more expensive (last resort).
Most of the institutes (RIAI and IEI) have arbitration procedures, which are a simpler form of last resort conflict resolution.
Regardless of the above in this day and age there is no excuse for any architect (assuming the information is correct) of treating anybody, especially a client in this manner. Mind you that goes for Doctors, Police, Politicians etc. I’ll stop before I get too depressed.April 26, 2005 at 10:23 am in reply to: National Stadium #752944
No Scott Tallon Walker & HOK SportApril 19, 2005 at 9:59 am in reply to: Government-by-numbers #752837
If cost is the issue when providing housing for rural settlers, why is it that many of these sites have state of the art vehicles, SUVs and the like outside the front door, often two or three deep?April 18, 2005 at 1:22 pm in reply to: Government-by-numbers #752826
Closer to Boston than Berlin. Coming soon the great suburban expansion west with a new stadium surrounded by car parking (abbotstown), strip malls and outer suburban networks. The spatial strategy is completely in tatters. Living next to your family is one ting but if you are not in a position to contribute to the local economy and cultural life of that environment (because you are absent) then there is not much point. After the Gold rush hundreds of towns were abandoned. The reason why the US has such a responsive economy is due to the mobility of the workforce that follow the opportunities rather than stay regardless in the place they were born and raised. The desire for this mobility and responsiveness runs counter to the crossroads model that we think will emerge as a consequence of the pollination of the countryside with bungalows.April 15, 2005 at 9:49 am in reply to: Government-by-numbers #752795
Actually we have enough houses. Firstly a high proportion of the housing stock is second homes (holiday etc.) Secondly they are in the wrong place. The issue here is not the production of houses but why they are separated from work. The problem arises when you place considerable distances between the two. If you want the “garden city” ideal of suburbia (for bringing up children in a better environment although the research indicates the truth is somewhat different) then you need a sophisticated suburban rail network, (eg SE England).April 13, 2005 at 4:55 pm in reply to: Government-by-numbers #752763
Minister for or against the Environment, Dick Roche,April 7, 2005 at 12:07 am in reply to: mount jerome #742009
It should be remembered that there are still graves under Wolfe Tone “Square”.April 1, 2005 at 10:12 am in reply to: Restoring sash windows #752356
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