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January 31, 2003 at 11:43 am in reply to: The Abbey Theatre – should it stay or should it go #717740
“Let’s hope they get a big international name in to do the job; Norman Foster, Frank Ghery, Daniel Leibeskind or whoever….but I hope they just don’t settle for Scott Tallon Walker & Co. “
This thread should read “Save the City”, and perhaps we might avoid the disasterous move to elect to chose an architect via reputation rather than the response. This is why architectural competition is so important. Instead of inflated egotistic creations we might actually recieve quality architecture and perhaps surprising architecture. How will be engender an architectural culture here if we automaticaly believe that only an international signature architect will do.
Similarily limited competitions are equally problematic since it tends towards the same problem indicated above, slightly wider pool.
Obviously this does not mitigate against the problems of a poor or uninformed jury.
The reason i raise the probelm of the thread title relates to the possibility of retainign the existing site.
Both the choice of an architectural response as well as site should be thought of in relation to the city as a whole. Where should the abbey be and how it relates to the matrix of urban spaces around it is vitally important. The axis along the liffey where a series of cultural artifacts are linked is perhaps the best solution for the whole city, but to decide upon the issue soley from a property perspective will be damaging ot the potential of the national theatre.
Having remained outside of the fray, as a competitor in the original competition and not having concluded my impressions of the spike as either incredibly banal or incredibly elegant finally I would like to add this to the onslaught of names and nomenclature for “The Spike”.
Talk of these threads got me thinking about the nature of this new “Axis Mundi” in the centre of the city. This new centrifugal condition which might even draw the elements of the city together should be renamed “The Needle”. Perhaps as a symbol of stitching, weaving, pulling the “threads” of the city and thought together it could be less violent in meaning than “Spike”.
I realise that as soon as a new name arises the punners will start with “easier to enter through the eye of the needle……” and “needle and the damage done” etc. etc.
Dublin City Council’s desire to use “Spire” is wholly unsuitable due to its origins.December 6, 2002 at 6:18 pm in reply to: AAI awards #723260
I understand that at the poorly subscribed Deyan Sudjic Lecture the results were quickly read out. Even though, (hearsay only) 15 people heard these results they could theoretically tell 15 people each and eventually exponentially everyone would know. Say one of those people posted the results on this web site, it could not be considered “in the media” or published in the traditional sense.November 26, 2002 at 11:43 am in reply to: humour? caption wanted #722972
“Left a bit, right a bit. Gunner Milligan, put that down. We’ll never win the war if you don’t hurry up”November 18, 2002 at 4:38 pm in reply to: Carlow Competition #722754
The RIAI have been inundated with complaints regarding this competition. We have also found the material problematic. As well as the lack of baseline information the time scale is short by international standards and the brief very directed to a type of solution.November 4, 2002 at 4:55 pm in reply to: Ryanair terminal #722455
I would like to echo the concerns about the number of cars, surely 10,000 additional vehicle journeys is not very well considered. This process where individual companies identify the paramaters for development by their own values is a major concern. Instead of carefully considering the best strategic options for the country, such as an alternative hub, Baldonnell etc…, with heavy and light rail potentials, as well as other road linkages (don’t assume that everyone that arrives at Dublin Airport wants to visit Dublin), see Copenhagen Airport for full multimodal integration, or even the airport city of Schipol.
Only a full and comprehensive redesign of the whole airport, including the full integration of the regional rail and road system will get the best result. Then once this strategic framework is agreed with all parties can the sub division of spoils be effected.
It is great that the creative minds of business and design can be released by inventive goverence in this and in the Sports Stadium. It indicates a willingness to get involved. Properly motivated and directed energy can be a major advantage to the country, only if sectoral interests are sidelined in favour of regional and national strategic interests, which even includes environmental quality.April 29, 2002 at 9:44 am in reply to: Building a house – how much ? #718820
This is perhaps the most difficult question that an architect is requested to answer. How long is a piece of string? Each site, programme, builder, architect and other combination will conspire to provide a building that is more expensive than expected. Broad outline costs of between â‚¬900 and â‚¬1200 per sq metre for a “typical” 2 storey residence are only accurate when the actual project is completed. Extras such as kitchens, bathrooms and other accessories often distort this reality. The only way to achieve real savings and real architectural invention is to encourage alternative means of expression and construction. Most clients are however not brave when investigating this option since it means departing from the known and the representative values of the society at large. If re-sale is the end view this is perhaps one of risk, even though “architect designed” is often used as a byline in the sales brochure. Perhaps “architect designed” does incur an added value component. As for commissioning such work, perhaps clients of the above persusaion, interested in commissioning new work (even budget work) could ask the RIAI or AAI to run a small design competition (open) to investigate this activity and to provide innovative solutions.April 16, 2002 at 9:52 am in reply to: QUB Site Visits #718759
Regarding NI commissions, as an active architect, I have no problems working in NI or the “border Regions”. Being based in Dublin, is certainly less of a problem than being based in the England. There appears to be few opportunities to partipate in commissions, since there is a lack of competitions and even these are subject to the same vagaries as Irish competitions.February 14, 2002 at 11:15 am in reply to: Loop Line Bridge – Why can’t they just do this??? #718216
Architecture has visual attributes but does not appeal to one sense. The loss of a haptic understanding of our world is a key concern. By reducing the concerns of a building, or city to that percieved by the sense of sight (in turn translated and rationalised by the brain) is both misleading and removes the potential richness of experience. In reply to the question of a text, book or other area worth exploring one possible source is Bloomer Moore’s “Body Memory Architecture”. 20th century modernism took inspritation from the painting and sculpture movements that emerged in Paris, Milan, Utrecht and Moscow. What architecture would have been possible if the model was the 20th century novel instead? What possibilities? Would the architecture of Hadid, Eisenmann & Tschumi be different, or would they have emerged earlier???? Would our cities have retained the richness of previous generations with the radical and critical interventions of contemporary life? Instead we have had one narrow “perspective” after another, promulgated as a higher ideal….February 12, 2002 at 11:51 am in reply to: Loop Line Bridge – Why can’t they just do this??? #718212
The impression from this forum is one determined by sight or vision. This is an outmoded model for sensing the image of the city. Surely architects can think beyond the box of opthalmic centered behaviour.September 6, 2001 at 9:11 am in reply to: DDDA Paranoia #716890
The rules for photographing objects, buildings, installations and other areas of non-public activity are clear. If, positioned on a public highway, footpath or other public realm you may freely undertake to record that which may be seen. If you require a certain vantage point which is only available form private land, the IFSC may be considered as such, you may require permission. These are often clearly identified on DOD and MOD sites on posters at the periphery of the site. In recent years the paparazzi have trampled over this simple rule by the use of ultra high powered lenses, invading the privacy of individuals. Where “public” spaces are concerned, nothing is as it seems. In the situation of being able to cross an urban square or laneway does not confer upon it public rights. A commercial company may decide it is in its interests to promote a public activity (for profit or other means) but also have the right to control the activities within that space.March 7, 2001 at 3:58 pm in reply to: Bertie’s Bowl….Sports Campus Ireland #717600
The list for panel 2 (the usual suspects) Sport what sport?
1 Benson & Forsyth
2 Bucholz McEvoy
3 Caruso St. John
4 De Blacam & Meagher
5 De Paor Architects
6 Derek Tynan
7 Fagan Kelly Lysaght
8 Future Systems
9 Grafton Architects
10 Gordon Murray & Alan Dunlop
11 Hassett Ducatez
12 Henchion Und Reuter
13 McCullough Mulvin
14 McGarry Ni Eanaigh
15 MV Cullinan
16 O’Donnell & Tuomey
17 Paul Keogh
18 Sauerbach Hutton
19 Shay Cleary