Appetite for Construction (Part 2 of 2)

In the first part of this blog conversation I tried to set out in general terms the differences between how humans make and how machines make. In this part I want to be a little more specific and look at how these differences have influenced architecture, and also to see if there is a broader …

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Appetite for Construction (Part 1 of 2)

The story of how architecture changed from a traditional craft to a modernist consumer product is complicated and it is still very much being written. As an advocate of classical and traditional architecture it is therefore natural to want to understand the process better and I think relatively recent industrialization and our reliance on machines …

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The Process and Practice of Perfection

"Perfection is shallow, unreal and fatally uninteresting. Perfection is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people” – Anne Lamott The word “perfection” is one of those overused words that we hear every day whether it’s in relation to a new product or maybe a sporting or artistic achievement. But do we ever …

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The Art of Craft (Part 4)

My earliest memories of craft come from seeing my grandfather in his workshop and from watching the wonderful TV documentary “Hands” on RTE made by David Shaw-Smith. Something about the assured fluid movement of craftspeople seemed magical somehow. On both sides of my family there is a tradition of woodworking and although my grandfather worked …

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The Art of Craft (Part 2)

How the contemporary architectural establishment has recently expressed its new-found admiration of craft has inadvertently exposed some interesting prejudices that it has about the subject. Most recently the Architectural Review published an entire issue on the topic. Another recent media outing was the 2015 RTE documentary Building Ireland which was hosted by former RIBA president …

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The Art of Craft (Part 1)

There seems to be a palpable resurgence in crafts across society at the moment. From websites like Pinterest to magazines like the Architectural Review, from artisan food and beverages to the establishment of maker-spaces and fab-labs. But it’s really nothing new. Ever since the advent of industrialisation there has been a push and pull relationship …

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