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A space for public opinion and debate, engaging with a broad range of contributors in architecture, landscape, urban design, planning, and beyond.

Sustainable housing in an imperfect reality

Are we delivering housing that is suitable for our current infrastructure, while still endeavouring for a better future? The built environment is estimated to account for more than 36% of the overall annual greenhouse gas emissions in Ireland with transport emissions accounting for a further 17%. In light of the UN’s recent report on our “woeful progress” on reducing carbon emissions, we need to interrogate how and where we are building.

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Future Reference

More than one street deep

Has our way of making a city changed in the last two decades? Comparing two city blocks — one on the south-side of Dublin, in the Docklands Strategic Development Zone (SDZ), the other on the north-side, developed as part of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) masterplan in 1997 — reveals how recent schemes offer more depth for a pedestrian explorer.

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Future Reference

Should Dubliners dream of Danish design?

“Think big but always remember to make the places where people are to be, small” – Jan Gehl makes a simple and direct guideline regarding the creation of new public space. However, in order to stimulate the successful design of our cities, we must first be able to identify and interrogate the strengths and flaws of existing public space.

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Working Hard / Hardly Working

Embedding craft in construction

We know that the greenest building is the one that already exists. Yet in a country with a huge vacancy rate, facing into a housing and climate crisis, Ireland is experiencing a shortage of skilled craftspeople to do conservation work. A dedicated state-funded craft skills training centre could be one solution to ensuring this knowledge is maintained, alongside our old buildings.

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One Good Idea

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Rural

Author: Dominic Stevens.
Book
€ 5.90 EUR

Rural is a collection of projects and essays on contemporary issues facing rural modes of inhabitations and ways to reimagine their potential future.

open to all; beginners welcome; Arts Council; Kevin Kieran Award; leisure; living; landscape; Ireland; mobile cinema; farming; husbandry; food; vernacular; architecture; mimetic house; Leitrim; hide-and-seek house; hedgerow house; fluidcity; building community; Walter Segal
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Domestic

Author: Dominic Stevens
Book
€ 5.90 EUR

Domestic is a reflection on the design of domestic spaces by architect Dominic Stevens.

process; colour; handmade; home; image; collective; acupuncture; ordinary; architecture; residential architecture; Berlin; Dublin; rooms; people; memories
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Architectural Survey 1959

Editor: Patrick M. Delany
Journal
€ 4.75 EUR

Architectural Survey was an annual review of contemporary architecture in Ireland, which ran from 1953-1972.

Office of Public Works, Reconstruction, domestic, Desmond R. O’Kelly, Gustamur-foto, Catholic Church, Curragh Camp, Kildare, Church of the Resurrection, Spangle Hill, Cork, St. Mary’s Church, Creggan Derry, Convent of the Good Shepherd, Convent, Church, chapel, cathedral, Commerce, Health, Industry, Education, Religion, Housing, Public Service, Recreation, New Liberty Hall Building, Earley Studios of Ecclesiastical Arts, The Walpamur Company, RW Hammond, P.J. Hegarty, Studio 39, Leinster Studios, Rev. Fr. Rynne CSSP, WD Fry, T.S. McCarter, Lensmen, Leslie Stuart Studios, Rex Roberts Studios, Brendan Wall, Arthur Winter, Newtownards Chronicle, Deegan Photo, Directory of Architects, Classified Buyers’ Guide, Index to advertisers
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Architectural Survey 1957

Editor: Luan P. Cuffe.
Journal
€ 4.75 EUR

Architectural Survey was an annual review of contemporary architecture in Ireland, which ran from 1953-1972.

Directory of Architects, Classified Buyers’ Guide, Index to advertisers, Commerce, Health, Industry, Education, Religion, Housing, Public Service
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Architectural Survey 1955

Editor: Luan P. Cuffe.
Journal
€ 4.75 EUR

Architectural Survey was an annual review of contemporary architecture in Ireland, which ran from 1953-1972.

Directory of Architects, Classified Buyers’ Guide, Index to advertisers, Commerce, Health, Industry, Education, Religion, Housing, Public Service, Sallynoggin, Recreation, Church, Ennistymon, Clare, Rosgill, Donegal, Mortuary, Naas, Chapel, Dining room, Russell Hotel, Dublin, The Punch Bowl, Bar, Pub, Booterstown, Offices, County Council, Cork, Private House, Midlands, residential, housing, Killiney, Children’s House, Social, Care, Institution, Stillorgan, Nursery, Maryland, County School, primary school, national school, Holywood, Vocational, Secondary School, school, Wicklow, The institute of clinical science, Belfast, Laboratory, Bostock House, Crumlin, Factory, mill, Blackwater, Cork, garage, Telephone Exchange, Foxrock, Filling station, petrol station, Ashford, Inchicore, Angus Buckley, H. Fitzgerald Smith, Hilary Heron
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Architectural Survey 1953

Editor: Luan P. Cuffe.
Journal
€ 4.75 EUR

Architectural Survey was an annual review of contemporary architecture in Ireland, which ran from 1953-1972.

T.P. Kennedy, The contribution of Waterford Ironfounders Ltd to the Irish Housing Drive, Liam McCormick, Dáithí Hanly, Busáras, Hospitals, Sanatorium, Healthcare, Ward, Chapel, Church, School, Primary School, Secondary School, Childcare, Sisters of Charity, Ballyfermot, Rathgar, Ardkeen, Dublin, Cork, Youghal Frankfort, Ballsbridge, Santry, Vocational, Limerick, Stillorgan, Bus depot, Donnybrook, Waterford, Bord na Mona, Dún Laoghaire, Busaras, Blackwood, Co Kildare, Mount Dillon, Roscommon, Lanesborough, Longford, Bracnagh, Offaly, Derraghan, Commerce, Hospitals, Industry, Education, Religion, Dwellings, Sallynoggin, Recreation, Buyers guide, Clogher Road
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Architectural Survey 1959

Editor: Patrick M. Delany
Journal
€ 4.75 EUR

Architectural Survey was an annual review of contemporary architecture in Ireland, which ran from 1953-1972.

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Architectural Survey 1957

Editor: Luan P. Cuffe
Journal
€ 4.75 EUR

Architectural Survey was an annual review of contemporary architecture in Ireland, which ran from 1953-1972.

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Architectural Survey 1955

Editor: Luan P. Cuffe.
Journal
€ 4.75 EUR

Architectural Survey was an annual review of contemporary architecture in Ireland, which ran from 1953-1972.

Read more

Architectural Survey 1953

Editor: Luan P. Cuffe.
Journal
€ 4.75 EUR

Architectural Survey was an annual review of contemporary architecture in Ireland, which ran from 1953-1972.

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Architecture Ireland 303

Editor: Michael K. Hayes.
Journal
€ 9.50 EUR

Architecture Ireland is the journal of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland. Issue #303 focuses on the theme of ‘health and wellbeing’.

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Architecture Ireland 304

Editor: Michael K. Hayes.
Journal
€ 9.50 EUR

Architecture Ireland is the journal of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland. Issue #304 focuses on the theme of ‘local authority’.

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Rural

Author: Dominic Stevens.
Book
€ 5.90 EUR

Rural is a collection of projects and essays on contemporary issues facing rural modes of inhabitations and ways to reimagine their potential future.

Read more

Domestic

Author: Dominic Stevens
Book
€ 5.90 EUR

Domestic is a reflection on the design of domestic spaces by architect Dominic Stevens.

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Celebrating Pugin

Editor: Colum O'Riordan. Author: Roderick O'Donnell.
Book
€ 10.00 EUR

Celebrating Pugin features a selection of drawings by 19th-century architect A. W. N. Pugin, displayed as part of an exhibition in the Irish Architectural Archive marking the bicentenary of his birth. The book also includes an essay by Roderick O'Donnell providing an overview on the role of Pugin in Ireland.

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House and Home

Editor: Colum O'Riordan.
Book
€ 10.00 EUR

House and Home features over forty original architectural drawings, as well as publications, models and photographs, for residential projects in Ireland. Reflecting the chronological spread of the Irish Architectural Archive’s holdings, the works range from the mid 18th century to the late 20th.

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Free Market News

Editors: Jeffrey Bolhuis, Jo Anne Butler, Miriam Delaney, Tara Kennedy, Laurence Lord, Orla Murphy.
Book
€ 0.00 EUR

Free Market News is a study of market towns in Ireland, featuring a collection of essays from a broad range of experts on the past, present, and future of these small-scale settlements. The book was published as part of Free Market, the Irish Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia 2018.

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