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Update: Bord Fáilte oral hearing at ABP

The hearing will start at 10am on Wednesday, November 1st – it is open to the public and can normally accommodate around 40 people.

As DoCoMoMo Ireland is a voluntary organisation and can’t afford to hire senior counsel to conduct the hearing, we need as much support in numbers are we can muster to demonstrate to the Inspector the level of public support that we have for this appeal.

We would greatly appreciate it if you could attend and see the process in action.

10am, Wednesday November 1st

at

An Bord Pleanála

64 Marlborough St,

Dublin 1,

D01 V902

If you have any questions, or would like further information, e-mail us at docomomoireland@gmail.com

Bord Fáilte – Oral Hearing at ABP

Bord Fáilte – Oral Hearing at ABP

An Bord Pleanála has granted DoCoMoMo Ireland an oral hearing into our appeal against the demolition of the Bord Fáilte headquarters building, designed by Robin Walker of Michael Scott and Partners and completed in 1961.

The hearing will take place on November 1st  2017 at the ABP offices. We are prepared to mount an impassioned defence of the building, as well as a technical refutation of the grant of permission awarded by Dublin City Council, which we view as a disgracefully negligent decision.

Demolition of An Bord Fáilte HQ Building

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The Bord Fáilte Headquarters Building at Baggot Street Bridge in Dublin, designed by Robin Walker of Michael Scott & Partners and completed in 1962, is now under threat of demolition. The building is a seminal work of Irish modernist architecture of the 1960’s, despite its small scale and understated expression – an exemplar of concrete frame structure, but equally interesting for its response to the Georgian city. Now 55 years old, its beautifully detailed concrete remains in perfect condition.

Robin Walker was one of the most celebrated Irish architects of the mid-C20th period, whose work has been widely acclaimed. He won scholarships to work with le Corbusier and to study under Mies van der Rohe – Bord Fáilte was his first major commission on his return from Chicago in 1958. Robin Walker was an intellectual leader of the practice that went on to bear his name, along with that of Michael Scott and Ronald Tallon – Scott Tallon Walker. Having come to prominence with Busáras in the 1950’s, the practice became the leading exponent of modernist architecture in Ireland. That period from 1960 to 1975 is symbolically book-ended on Baggot Street by the Bord Fáilte building at its start and the Bank of Ireland Headquarters by Ronnie Tallon at its end.

Now Bord Fáilte is threatened with demolition and replacement by a perimeter office block – mostly because its small scale and the openness of the site do not meet the commercial requirements for maximum floor space. But we must not simply allow our architectural heritage to be erased in the name of commercial development. If you want to see this beautiful building preserved and the site restored, please click on the Letter of Observation below and return before Monday January 2nd 2017 to either docomomoireland@gmail.com or info@walkerarchitects.ie – thank you!

 

DoCoMoMo letter of observation for Bord Fáilte

Dissertation Prize 2015

SPECIAL AWARD for DISSERTATION 2015

 This annual DoCoMoMo Ireland prize is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students registered on the island of Ireland in the field of architecture, art history and design and aims to encourage research into the legacy of the Modern Movement in Ireland. The award is for an essay or dissertation completed during the academic year 2013-2015 that offers the best documentation of modernist architectural or urban thinking in Ireland or which proposes a better way to protect or conserve this heritage. The call for submissions is deliberately broad in its scope and can include research about buildings, designers, technical design, monuments, public space or structures. 

Prize fund of €500.
www.docomomo.ie

Submissions are individual and via this weblink.
Deadline for submission of entries noon Tuesday 30th June 2015

The winning essay will demonstrate excellence in all or any one of the following:

1. A critical analysis of some aspect of the Modern Movement in Ireland.
– The essay should be an in-depth examination of a topic while also expanding on the contribution to a broader cultural context.

2. The essay should have a clear narrative and be engaging to the reader.
– Clarity of writing will be a priority.
3. Demonstrate insights into the broader cultural context of modernism.
– Reference to international practice is encouraged.

4. Originality of research

The method of research and sources should be credited.
5. Demonstrate an innovation in building techniques or technology of conservation.
– Technical examinations of Conservation techniques are welcomed. 

Submission details:

All entries to be submitted via the website www.docomomo.ie. Submission must be visually attractive and include high-quality illustrations and must comply with the competition regulations, see www.docomomo.ie.

SPECIAL AWARD for DISSERTATION 2015

This prize is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students registered on the island of Ireland in the field of architecture, art history and design and aims to encourage research into the legacy of the Modern Movement in Ireland.The award is for the essay or dissertation completed during the academic year 2013-2015 that offers the best documentation of modernist architectural or urban thinking in Ireland or which proposes a better way to protect or conserve this heritage. The call for submissions is deliberately broad in its scope and can include research about buildings, designers, monuments, public space or structures.

The winning essay will demonstrate excellence in all or any one of the following: 

 1. A critical analysis of some aspect of the Modern Movement in Ireland.

– The essay should be an in-depth examination of a topic while also expanding on the contribution to a broader cultural context.

2. The essay should have a clear narrative and be engaging to the reader.

– Clarity of writing will be a priority.

3 . Demonstrate insights into the broader cultural context of modernism.

– Reference to international practice is encouraged.

4. Originality of research
– The method of research and sources should be credited.

5. Demonstrate an innovation in building techniques or technology of conservation.
– Technical examinations of Conservation techniques are welcomed. 

Prize:

The winning entry will receive €300, there will be two runner-up prizes of €100 and it is intended to publish winning entries. All short-listed entries will be submitted to the Irish Architectural Archive. The winners and short-list will be announced at a DoCoMoMo event during Autumn 2015. 

Judges:

Miriam Fitzpatrick, Gul Kacmaz Erk and Shane O’Toole.

Regulations:

Essays to be presented in  digital format and submitted on the www.docomomo.ie website in PDF format.
Abstract of 250 words to be included inside cover sheet.
Word-count limit 8,000 (excluding footnotes).
Cover sheet to include student’s name, contact details, academic institution, title, and word-count.
All sources must be documented.
Table of Contents and a Bibliography to be included.
The Assessor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 

Further details on the prize, including eligible schools, and the work of DoCoMoMo Ireland are available at http://docomomo.ie/ 

Special DoCoMoMo session at the RIAI Annual Conference

Special DoCoMoMo session at the RIAI Annual Conference to be held in the Clyde Room at the RDS at 12.00pm noon on Monday 13th of October with Guest Speaker; Gillian Darley

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Image from http://www.gilliandarley.com, accessed 10 October 2014 & cover of ‘Words in Place’

In her spare time, between life as an architectural critic at the Observer, in the early 1990s, and regular contributor to the Architecture Review, the Financial Times and radio presenter, Gillian Darley is actively involved with The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) and the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (SAHGB). But it is in role as President of The 20th Century Society and as author of numerous books on architecture and architectural lives that we have invited her to address this special session for DoCoMoMo Ireland at the RIAI Annual Conference.

Gillian’s recent research has been into the life and work of the rambunctious, editor and journalist of the Architecture Review, Ian Nairn.  His establishment of an Outrage Bureau at the Architectural Press in the post-war period was the envy of many so it is fitting tribute that the edited book, ‘Word in Place’ edited with David McKie, should itself be regarded as ‘unruly brilliance’. It includes contributions by a contrarian cast of architectural characters such as Andrew Saint, Jonathan Glancey, Owen Hatherley, Gavin Stamp and Jonathan Mead.

Her three previous biographies were on the architect, John Soane, the landscape architect, John Evelyn and the multifaceted life of Octavia Hill, housing reformer, open space activist and founder of The Landmark Trust.

Before and between these she has written about Utopian settlements in ‘Villages of Vision’ and extended this work into the architecture of industry by her publication ‘Factory’ in 2010 and in between such marvels as ‘Chronicles of London’ and ‘Vesuvius: the most famous volcano in the world!’

Gillian’s great-grandparents were from Dublin and were stonemasons, builders and eventually architects for almost two hundred years, so it is a special homecoming for her to visit Dublin for her talk entitled; ‘Words in Architecture, A mid 20th Century Angel.’

DoCoMoMo Digital Case-work Committee

At Monday’s special DoCoMoMo session, we are inviting practicing architects and colleagues to sign-up to being part of a digital casework committee. This is a request to DoCoMoMo supporters to identify their expertise as it relates to 20th century heritage so that we, the Committee, might draw upon their local or specialist knowledge to inform the public or support our case when our 20th century legacy is under threat.

 

DoCoMoMo Special Award for Dissertation, 2014

In January 2014, DoCoMoMo Ireland set up a prize for a dissertation or essay to encourage research into the legacy of the Modern Movement in Ireland.

Because DoCoMoMo’s Ireland’s work is voluntary, the Committee wondered how to expand scholarship and material on our 20th Century legacy, not least to support our work when a buildings or structures were under threat of demolition. Committee Member, Miriam Fitzpatrick, suggested that we tap into the resource of educational institutions, where great research work was being generated every semester and that there might be a mutual benefit to catalogue this work by encouraging students to study 20th Century heritage.

We therefore agreed as a Committee to set up an annual dissertation prize, open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students registered on the island of Ireland in the field of architecture, art history and design.

Judges 2014

This years judges were Shane O’Toole, Gul Kacmaz and Miriam Fitzpatrick.

 

Citations for Shortlisted Dissertations

Submissions were received for a broad range of school and the shortlisted essays for prizes include:

Modernism in Dublin 1960-1979; The Infill Building. A comparative case study of the ESB Headquarters, Fitzwilliam Street and Stephen Court, St Stephen’s Green by Cormac Murray of DIT.

Fourth year architecture student, Cormac Murray’s essay was a mature, well informed and lyrical account of two great mid-century Irish architectural icons; the Stephenson Gibney’ Fitzwilliam Street ESB Building and Andy Devane’s Stephen Court. The narrative was distinctive and made great use of the broader 20th century cultural context. The essay, which was thoroughly researched, paid special attention to the specifics of the urban setting and façade details which, through comparative analysis, reached insightful, relevant conclusions for today.

His supervisor was Stephen Best, DIT.

R & H Hall’s Flour Mills and the Hennebique System in Waterford by Matthew Keating, Anthony Hogan and Keith Cleere of WIT.

This essay was, unusually, a joint technical and material study of a multi-story granary warehouse, the R & H Hall’s Flour Mills and the Hennebique System in Waterford by three fourth year students at WIT, Matthew Keating, Anthony Hogan and Keith Cleere.  It makes a valuable summary of the technical contribution of the Hennebique system of construction to Ireland. The building, currently under threat of demolition, is the first reinforced concrete building in this system in the Republic of Ireland, and the first to be constructed completely of concrete in all of Ireland and this short study traces the technical lineage of ferro-concrete development and the historical evolution of its setting on Waterford North Quays.

Remembering Dr. Ronnie Tallon (1927-2014)

Docomomo Ireland would like to extend their sympathies to the family and friends of Dr. Ronnie Tallon.

Dr. Tallon is recognized as one of the leading architects in Ireland. He passed away at his home Foxrock, Dublin on 22 June 2014.

Below is a link to the R.I.A.I website with address presented by Shane O’Toole at the presentation of the James Gandon Medal to Dr. Ronnie Tallon in the RIAI.

http://www.riai.ie/index.php/news/article/remembering_dr._ronald_tallon

Vacant to Vibrant: Exchange

New event 2 day Conference 19th & 20th March
Location: Strand Arts centre, Belfast
People Speaking: http://www.placeni.org/vacant-to-vibrant-exchange.html
Fees( for a participant): Free. Booking essential
Description: See link above

DoCoMoMo Ireland presents ‘Rank’s Silo in the 21st Century’

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DoCoMoMo Ireland is delighted to present the ‘Rank’s Silo in the 21st Century’ DoCoMoMo Ireland presents ‘Rank’s Silo in the 21st Century’ an open design competition to develop ideas for what this building might become. The architectural ideas competition seeks to generate discussion among designers and decision-makers about the future of the Rank’s Silo Building. The competition is open to all and offers a prize fund of €6,000. The competition will be launched in February 2014 and registration will be via http://docomomo.ie/?p=624. The closing date for the submission of entries will be 25th April 2014. The assessors will be drawn from strategic planning, architecture, culture, architectural history and current affairs backgrounds.

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Recalling Modernist Architecture: destruction, retention, restoration presented by Catherine Croft , Director of the 20th Century Society

DOCOMOMO IRELAND and the ROYAL HIBERNIAN ACADEMY invite you to an evening of talks and discussion on the disappearance of modern buildings in Ireland such as the IMCO factory (1932-39, dem. 1975, Merrion Road, Dublin). The evening, which coincides with the exhibition of the film Something New Under the Sun by Gavin Murphy, is entitled:

Recalling Modernist Architecture: destruction, retention, restoration
Keynote speaker: Catherine Croft, Director of Twentieth Century Society, UK

Thursday 18 October 2012 from 17h00 at the RHA until 18h45, Ely Place, Dublin 2.

Book Launch i.e. Patterns of Thought

i.e Patterns of Thought : Book Launch
Text compiled and edited by Ellen Rowley
with Maxim Laroussi

Tuesday 12th June, from 6pm – 8pm, in City Assembly Rooms (on corner
of South William Street/Coppinger Row).

Ruairi Quinn is launching the book and the event will be great: with a
sound piece in an intriguing Dublin interior, to be enjoyed with
refreshments.

The book is a miscellany of architectural writings – from forgotten
lectures (by Seamus Heaney and Robin Walker for example) to
journalistic polemics and quiet contemplations. There are 28 pieces to
enjoy… and the book is a lovely object in itself.

Please come along….