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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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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