Reclaiming Classicism Part 4 – Nature

Picking up from the earlier post where I was trying to get at a better definition of what classical architecture is, there seems to be three main themes that best explain it, namely Nature, Tradition and Language. If we start with nature, we need to look as far back as we can to when we …

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Small Steps and Giant Leaps (Part 2)

Staying motivated about anything over time is always difficult; we get distracted and bored and we all tend to assume that everyone else must be having a better time of it than ourselves. Staying motivated as a classical architect is much harder still, as the usual benefits such as income and recognition are not as …

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Small Steps and Giant Leaps (Part 1)

Before returning to the “Reclaiming Classicism” blogs I want to take stock of where we are at; to look at the big picture of where traditional and classical architecture now sits in the overall architectural world. Challenges From what I can see, a traditional architectural renaissance is definitely happening but it is slow and only …

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Reclaiming Classicism (Part 3)

At this stage of our exploration we are left with a number of reasonably accurate but incomplete definitions of what classical architecture is; definitions that unfortunately consign classical architecture well-and-truly to the past. On top of that there is a broad swathe of prejudices and misunderstandings that muddy the waters and render classical architecture as …

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Reclaiming Classicism (Part 1)

An architecture lecturer at University College Cork told me recently that there is no classical architecture in Ireland, and that I was wasting my time by studying it. This statement completely floored me at the time and I found it almost impossible to counter his statement with any coherent argument. What exactly did he mean? …

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Still Standing Still (Part 3 of 3)

We shouldn’t underestimate how much good has been done by all the various building conservation advocates and professionals over the past fifty years or so. Countless buildings have been saved, traditional building skills have been resurrected and society as a whole is more aware of building heritage than at any other stage in the past …

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Projects no. 1 & 2 – Carrigtwohill Main-Street, County Cork, Ireland

Town and Village Health Checks and Strategic Plans - Carrigtwohill , Co. Cork Submission regarding threats to Architectural Heritage and Community Identity By Hugh Kavanagh, BSc Building Conservation, Board Member of INTBAU Ireland, Carrigtwohill Resident and member of Carrigtwohill Community Council. 20 November 2017   To Whom It May Concern, This submission relates to the …

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Still Standing Still (Part 2 of 3)

The professional relationship between archaeologists and developers/builders/engineers is not perfect but it’s probably as good as it’s going to get. The developers get good advice that they can use to minimize cost and disruption. And archaeologists get a chance to excavate and research sites that might not see the light otherwise. The relationship between architects …

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Still Standing Still (Part 1 of 3)

  Anyone working in the construction industry knows how tough a world it is to work in. I’ve worked in a wide range of areas, from building and fitting furniture, to being involved in environmental impact assessments for the largest infrastructural projects ever built in this country. But even in this often hostile environment, the …

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