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  • in reply to: Archer’s Garage #715551
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    O’Callaghan seems to be blaming Tony Reddy (his architect) for not alerting him to the status of the building. Surely the architect is accountable, at least to his peers: i.e. are the RIAI going to do anything about calling him to book?

    I think maybe just characterising O’Callaghan as a typical ‘greedy developer’is letting the architect off the hook …

    in reply to: Archer’s Garage #715533
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    Dublin Corporation seem to be saying that the choice was either force them to re-build it OR fine/sentence, so its going to be the former.

    Is this the case (that it is one or the other?)

    Is everyone happy about this “re-instatement”?

    Has it happened before?

    in reply to: Archer’s Campaign #711849
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    I must compliment Paul Clerkin (and whoever else has put the campaign together) on the great work.

    in reply to: Archer’s Garage #715513
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    This is in relation to Jim Smyth’s comment about Archer’s Garage being little more than a curiosity…..

    Nothing wrong with being a curiosity aside, I don’t agree. I am fairly interested in the history of the more demotic element of building in Ireland, particularly 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s, and while garages and petrol ststions of the time tended to be completely standardised (in a way that they are now more akin to product design than architecture), Archer’s seemed to actually communicate a total optimism in modernity, something you don’t see too much in Irish architecture ever.

    It must have been slightly inspiring to architects of the time, when much official Irish architecture was semi-classical, to see an unashamedly modern building, maybe partly because it wasn’t by Michael Scott etcetera, just a garage, not a monument. I think that might be why current Irish architects liked it so much and are in uproar over it being demolished like this….with the developers, planners etc reaching for historicism again, and after the really truly awful ‘modern’ buildings put up in Dublin in the 1960’s and ’70’s, Archers was good clean fun modernism. Seeing as architects working now seem to feel under a stranglehold to produce more pastiche schlock, they must have enjoyed seeing Archer’s.

    Anyway, as posted in the argument about taste: to what degree do architects determine the look of buildings? They are always complaining, but still never design anything anyone likes (apart from group 91 mafia)

    in reply to: central bank dame street development #712758
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    Its terrible if it is closed off, but it is also terrible that it became such a meeting place at all, given its grimness….the two Temple Bar squares just aren’t big enough, and while meeting house square looks okay, it isn’t really accessible…..there really are very few pleasant places to sit outside in the city centre..the Millenium fountain….Central Bank must be among the most popular but they are both a bit gross.

    in reply to: Archer’s Garage #715500
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    Seems the developer is hotelier Noel O’Callaghan, of previously vandalising fame…..Davenport Hotel etc. Architect Tony Reddy, also something of a vandal, but in terms of erecting crass buildings rather than demolishing beautiful ones.

    To what degree is the architect reponsible in cases like this…..could they possibly ‘not know’what the developer was going to do?

    in reply to: Archer’s Garage #715495
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    Well, everyone who has posted a message here seems disgusted, so as John said, what can we do? Was there anything on the radio about it?

    Does anyone know about the history of the buiding?

    There are so few ordinary decent modernist buidings in Dublin that this really is a huge loss……

    Apparently it was definitely grade 1, it had been grade 2 (see today’s Irish Times).

    Anyway, what can/will be done?

    in reply to: Archer’s Garage #715487
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    Archer’s Garage on Fenian Street has been demolished, although it was listed as Grade 1. This is really atrocious.

    in reply to: What style is that? #711876
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    In architectural history terms, I suppose all those buildings would be called stripped classical or maybe classical moderne, but another useful term might be conservative modernity: I have come across it in relation to 1930’s literature, but it is also sometimes used in design history. While not exactly descriptive in stylistic terms, I think it probably describes the sensibility/ social context fairly well. Another example could be the Imperial War Graves Commission’s work, particularly that carried out by Reginald Blomfield (who redesigned Regent’s street).

    in reply to: What style is that? #711875
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    In architectural history terms, I suppose all those buildings would be called stripped classical or maybe classical moderne, but another useful term might be conservative modernity: I have come across it in relation to 1930’s literature, but it is also sometimes used in design history. While not exactly descriptive in stylistic terms, I think it probably describes the sensibility/ social context fairly well. Another example could be the Imperial War Graves Commission’s work, particularly that carried out by Reginald Blomfield (who redesigned Regent’s street).

    in reply to: Architectural Education #711851
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    I think it should pass…..depends on how important the marks are. Is Bolton street still as woeful as it was a few years ago?
    When you graduate and go for a job, it is bound to be largely on your portfolio rather than whether you got a 2.2 or 2.1.

    Bolton Street used teach organic Chemistry and other irrelevant subjects, some strange vestiges of trying to validate the instotution as offering a 1920’s concept of ‘education.’ Do they still do this?

    I feel the standard of architectural education in Ireland is fairly abysmal.

    Anyone else?

    in reply to: GAS Building #718561
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    Yes it looks woeful…….Like Busaras, Dublin Airport’s situation, most of those Robinson Keefe houses in Clontarf, the Carlton, and Scott’s House in Sandycove.. and the inside of Connolly station, which is sure to get trashed, even though the 30’s? (looking) signs and nice terazzo bits are great.

    And would they ever clean up the DART stations………….those revolting brown tiles and bridges…….. and the RIAI yearbook…..what happened DESIGN?

    Does anyone know about conservation of 20C buildings in Ireland? Like what is the youngest listed building?

    in reply to: Raymond McGrath – BBC #711863
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    The department of PDP (Prints Drawings and Photographs) in the V&A in London have a good colection of Raymond McGrath perespectives (mainly watercolour) etcetera. Their print room is open to the public at certain times: just go in and order up whatever you want to see.

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