This publication emerged during the production of The Sprawling Octopus of an Elevated Highway, a documentary film which features individuals who attended the pioneering architecture course in the Crawford School of Art in 1956. The film centres around the architects’ campaign against the B.K.S. traffic plan for Cork in 1968.
The newspaper contains research collected during the making of the film, such as original student testimonies and interview passages. Intended as an experimental public engagement feature or ‘sister-project’ to the film, an open-call invited works from the public in response to the themes of architecture, activism, and the city. This resulted in a broad range of featured content, including short story, poetry, prose, visual art, sound recordings, etc.
A collaborative team of staff and students at the Cork Centre for Architectural Education (CCAE) produced this document with funding from the Arts Council’s Engaging With Architecture Scheme, the RIAI Southern Region, MTU’s Teaching and Learning Unit, and AnSEO. The documentary and newspaper launched on Culture Night 2022. Two-hundred free copies of the newspaper were disseminated across the city on the night, while fixed panels of each spread were exhibited in CCAE.
BKS Traffic Plan, City Seventy Planning Group, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork city, Architecture, Activism, Public Engagement, Documentary, Culture Night, English Market, Peace Park, Barrack Street, Good Shepherd Campus, St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Bantry Library, Mary Leland, Harry Wallace, John Heffernan, Des Heffernan, John Santry, Neil Hegarty, Gerard O’Callaghan, Gerard McCarthy