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2ha: the journal of suburban design #05

€ 4.00 EUR

2ha #05 considers the relationship between language and suburban space. Three essays respond to the fractured process of translation that has come to define the territory of suburbia. Liam Mac Mathúna outlines a history of linguistic change in the Dublin area, describing how preceding eras of colonisations and cultures have renamed, subverted, and built upon a place and its people. Emma Geoghegan documents the absence of a vocabulary in both the imagination and critique of space on the urban-rural fringe, suggesting that a consideration of this landscape as an independent territory might begin a means of understanding its unique conditions. Isobel Ní Riain reveals how a reading of place-names, in the now suburbanised area of Little Island on the edge of Cork city, can tell of a long history of occupation; one whose built form is often subsumed by the office parks and semi-ds of the immediate present.

Editor: Michael K. Hayes.

Authors: Emma Geoghegan, Liam Mac Mathúna, Isobel Ní Riain.

language, suburbia, placenames, etymology, Gaeilge, Gaelic, Irish, logainmeacha, Báile Átha Cliath, Corcaigh, Molesworth Street, Fairview, Bailte Fearainn an Oileáin Bhig, landscape, territory, an tír gan ainm

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