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March 25, 2003 at 9:11 pm in reply to: Re-emerging Dublin #725432
i believe the site beside the carlton is being opened through to the new building going up at the corner of moore street and parnell street. this is to give people a reason to travel farther up o’connell street (past henry street, where the majority of people turn off now) and activate upper o’connell street to the point where its safer, better trafficked, and therefore more attractive to businesses. hopefully an effort will be made to refurbish or rebuild those awful curtain-walled buildings that characterise that area of the city at the moment. who owns and runs the abbey at the moment? i think real efforts need to be made to open it up to the street and give the junction of parnell and o’connell street a bit of life also.
it must also be said that the spike has opened up peoples eyes to the possibilities and latent grandeur of o’connell street, as has been noted on this forum already, and for this the authorities must be commended.March 19, 2003 at 12:10 pm in reply to: Rubbish – St Patricks Day #725328
“It is a shame people don’t think before they stuff their rubbish in the nearest tree protector, flowerbed, water feature, road works or national monument that it would be far easier to clean up if they just threw it on street”
its a shame people dont think before they wander home throught streets like moore street and piss and puke all over the place. its a shame but inevitable after their 10 paddys day pints before dinner. you’re irish. we live in ireland. we’re drunkards. its a shameMarch 14, 2003 at 11:42 pm in reply to: Help! Studying Architecture #725269
after a 3 year course in architectural technology its possible to apply to get into second year of the architecture dgree course. this means 7 years in college to get a degree but it also means a diploma after 3, making you employable and giving a good base to begin studying architecture.
good luckMarch 5, 2003 at 3:29 pm in reply to: What is "good architecture" #725082
it might just be a question of passing fashions. for example its cool at the moment to dress up a building with timber and aluminium louvres. look at me and fantastic modern well detailed brise-soleils (sp?). but in 50 years when the wood is rotting, the aluminium is tarnished and the new muslim government doesnt care enough to maintain them, what will people think?
havent seen much of ucd but its great that their are still green field sites in dublin and the money and initiative to create something intersting. it remains to be seen if the same bravery will appear with the development of grangegorman.
my two preferred buildings in dublin in recent times are the new trinity library and the gallery extension. how will they weather against changing fashions and new thoughts on design? in the end does it really matter? i think we should design for today and leave tomorrow to be sorted out by our successors. they’ll deride us but they will suffer derision in turnMarch 4, 2003 at 5:56 pm in reply to: U2 in ‘favourites’Ã‚â€™ row over studio #724930
they should just give it to gehryMarch 3, 2003 at 6:11 pm in reply to: Re-open Broadstone!!! #724964
it should be remembered that within 20 years the whole of grangegorman is intended to be developed into a campus to rival u.c.d. this would make the whole area a rejuvenated centre for education, and consequentially a residential centre, shopping and also business centre. someone in cie or bus eireann or whoever is in charge of the whole mess has to realise they are sitting on a prime centre for growth in the 21st century. it is possible they are simply holding out for better prospects, looking forward to the day when land values increase in the area. what of the proposal to make the front of the kings inn and the courtyard between the north and south wings a circulation route from parnell street directly to grangegorman. this would complete an almost straight path from the millenium bridge right through the ilac and onto the new campus which would be energised and activated to the point of ridding itself of the dead and lacklustre atmosphere that permeates the area at the moment.
the argument over the existing flats will of course rage on forever in the minds of delinquent architecty types but they must be adressed as part of our existing urban fabric. it might shock some people to know that by and large the occupants are content and rightly so. its not easy to find comfortable and affordable accommodation within walking distance of the city centre. has anyone tried to rent a two bed flat anywhere in dublin 1 recently?
as for broadstone, it does figure in the plans for the metro and future luas expansion. somewhere in cie is a little map and a timescale that we probably wont hear about in detail for a while.February 26, 2003 at 8:48 pm in reply to: City Council Flats #721348
i dont think its safe to dismiss these buildings out of hand. whether we like it or not they are a part of our urban landscape and the most productive thing we can do is strive to make the most of them. adjoing blocks of a complimentary and contemporary nature would solve the problems of gross scale problems and also their blocky mass intruding too much on what is recognised as “acceptable” dublin architecture.
The dressed up block past smithfield with the lego block scheme at the front (murray o’laoghaire?) goes some way to solving this.
if theres a thread going on and on which just points out and ridicules the mistakes of the past (it was haute couture at the time remember, and copied straight from successful schemes of the time in holland) i dont think it constitutes architectural discussion, more derision.
so any ideas how to fix it?
HERE WE GO AGAIN!!
after all, it IS the tallest sculpture in the world!!!
Given Ireland’s success at rigging internet votes, we could help our tourism trade by fixing it for us to get listed as a new 7th wonder of the world.
This website offers you the opportunity to participate in the first
internet vote to elect the New 7 Wonders of the World The candidates already
include Petra, Machu Picchu, and the Eiffel Tower. Sadly, Ireland doesn’t get a
look in. But visitors to the site can send in their suggestions. If we can get the BBC to name ‘A Nation Once Again’ as the worlds’ greatest song, Then surely we can get ‘the Spike’ listed as one of the 7 wonders of the world too! so go to the following link :
enter your details amd place the following text in the suggestion box
The Millennium Spire, Dublin, Ireland
and off we go again…………………………
i’m gonna use this forum because everybody reads it it seems. whats ones opinion of the work of glenn murcutt? i ask because he will be giving lectures and workshops at bolton street d.i.t over the next few days. exciting stuff, or is it?