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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The Lighting of a Fire (Part 2 of 2)

In the Irish language we have a proverb, “Tús maith, leath na hoibre”. It roughly translates as “a good start is half the work”. With such a positive start to the classical architecture course at St. John’s, it feels important to look forward and to build on the momentum and experience I’ve built up. But …

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The Lighting of a Fire (Part 1 of 2)

The following quote from W.B. Yeats summarizes the course for me: “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire” Feedback from student of Classical Architecture at St. John's College, Cork, December 2017 My response was a quote from Gustav Mahler, "Tradition is tending the flame, it's not worshiping the …

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