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Archis 2002 #2

Electronic Doublin’

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And these threads are continually being interwoven – revealing relationships and disclosing an intricately intersecting structure of motives and desires – as the protagonists encounter and re-encounter one another. This fabric of simultaneous, cross-connected subjectivities is constructed mostly through walking, taking the tramcars, and finding face-to-face encounters in the varied public spaces and private chambers […]

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Archis 2002 #2

Fingal County Hall

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Touted in glossy journals and international architectural biennales, these designs and proposals are indeed seductive, offering to a jaded public a tangible image of a future that is possible today. Such images fit perfectly with the current fetish for computer designed personal projects from running shoes to toilet bowl brushes. While few of these architectural […]

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Archis 2002 #2

Trip on the M50

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As in the famous opening line of that émigré author’s Finnegans Wake, the Liffey still flows through the Hibernian metropolis to decant in the environs of Howth Castle on [its promontory defining] the northern curve of Dublin Bay. Like the city it serves, Dublin Airport is spreading outwards. NEVERTHELESS your Arrival Lounge remains in essence […]

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Archis 2002 #2

Dubbing Dublin

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Only the sharpest pen could penetrate its depths. Some of the greatest aphorisms of the English language are credited to Dubliners: George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, Jonathan Swift – all writers whose work is leavened with a sense of topology. Likewise James Joyce, whose predilection for composing a narrative from the place names […]

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