Knocktopher Friary / ODOS Architects

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Architects: ODOS Architects
Location: Dublin,
Photographs: Courtesy of ODOS Architects


C House / Steven Connolly, Alan Connolly and Grainne Daly

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Architects: Steven Connolly MRIAI, Alan Connolly BArch, Gráinne Daly BArch
Location: County,
Completion Date: June 2010
Floor Area: 260 sqm
Photographer: Paul Tierney

School Of Nursing For St Angelas College / MOB

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Architects: MOB (MoloneyO’Beirne Architects)
Location: , Ireland
Area: 2,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of MOB

Heads Up: 10 Fastest Growing and Declining Cities

Santiago, Chile: Photo by Flickr user Gord McKenna, licensed through Creative Commons.

According to Derek Thompson’s article for The Atlantic, the Brookings Institute recently published a ranking of the world’s 200 largest metropolitan economies. The Global MetroMonitor division of the Brookings Institute, published the report on January 2012. In this brief synopsis, he reveals the “10 Fastest-Growing (and Fastest-Declining) Cities in the World”. Among the fastest growing is Santiago, Chile, the only Latin American country in the top 10. The top 10 is primarily populated by Asian countries – , Turkey and all have multiple cities in on the list. Conversly, the tail end of the list is dominated by Western European countries most affected by the economic downturn, with just two cities from the US – Sacramento, California and Richmond, Virginia.

The survey primarily focuses on their economic development comparing income and job growth, to say nothing of the cultural, societal, and political circumstances which may or may not be contributing the dynamism of each city’s economy. Thompson points out, two of the fastest growing cities in the world, Izmir, Turkey and Santiago, Chile are also among the poorest. Developing countries have the most to gain as they join the global economy but it may still be sometime before the economic growth balances a comfortable standard of living.  Watch the interview with Alan Berube from MetroMonitor.

With all of that in mind, follow us after the break for a look at the list.

Roebuck Castle Student Residence, UCD / Kavanagh Tuite Architects

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Architects: Kavanagh Tuite Architects
Location: UCD Belfield Campus, Dublin,
Project Managers: KSN Project Managers, Dublin
Client: UCD Property Services
Engineers: Hanley Pepper Consulting Civil & Structural Engineers, Dublin.M&E
Consultants: Delap& Waller Consulting Engineers, Dublin.
Quantity Surveyors: Kane Crowe Kavanagh, Dublin
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Paul Tierney, Kavanagh Tuite


Houses In Castlewood Avenue / ODOS Architects

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Architects: ODOS Architects
Location: ,
Photographs: Courtesy of ODOS Architects

3 Mews Houses / ODOS architects

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Architects: ODOS architects
Location: , Ireland
Engineers: Cora
Internal Floor Area: 190 sqm (per dwelling unit)
Project Design: 2006
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of ODOS architects

Seaside House / A2 Architects

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Architect: A2 Architects 
Location: East Coast of
Project Area: 150 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of A2 Architetcs

Europan 11 Proposal: ‘Counterspace’ / CODA

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In typography, the ‘Counter’ is the space contained by letters (this is where monkish Irish Illuminators famously had space to play). For the monks, the space between the letters was as meaningful as the letters themselves. In ‘Counterspace’, the winning proposal by CODA for the Europan 2011 competition in , the linear forms of the traditional rows are transformed and interwoven to create a range of counterspaces: from enclosed collective space for safe children’s play, to urban plaza for adults’ lattés. Just like on the 19th century street of industrial terraced , the life of the community happens in the space between the rows of housing, in the counterspace. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Windhover 3 / Ailtireacht

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Architect: Ailtireacht
Location: ,
Project Architect: Fiona Hughes, Allister Coyne
Building Contractor: Oaklawn
Structural Engineer: Casey O Rourke Associates (CORA)
Project Area: 125 sqm
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Paul Tierney

The End Line / Ailtireacht

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Architect: Ailtireacht
Location: Beaumont, Dublin,
Project Architect: Allister Coyne
Building Contractor: Buto Developments
Structural Engineer: Casey O Rourke Associates (CORA)
Project Area: 140 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Corsico Images

Matilde / Ailtireacht

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Architect: Ailtireacht
Location: , Ireland
Building Contractor: CRC Developments
Structural Engineer: Casey O Rourke Associates (CORA)
Project Architects: Andrew Brady, Allister Coyne
Project Year: 2006
Project Area: 90 sqm
Photographs: Paul Tierney, Paul Quinn, Kevin Kelly

Kilmeena Village / Cox Power Architects

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Architect: Cox Power Architects
Location: Moyna, Kilmeena, Westport, , Ireland
Project Team: John Cox, Sal Gallagher, Paul Janas, David Power, Finola Reilly, Martin Rybar
Client: Mayo County Council
Project Area: 1,180 sqm
Photographs: Michael McLaughlin, McLaughlin Studios

Solid Sanctuary / 4 Architecture

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Architect: 4 Architecture (Gordon Chrystal)
Location: , Ireland
Project Area: 226 sqm
Project Cost / sqm: €1,300 + VAT
Photographs: Steve Rogers & Gordon Chrystal


Brick Thickness / A2 Architects

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Architect: A2 Architects
Location: ,
Project Team: Peter Carroll, Caomhán Murphy, Miriam Dunn, Julia Gonzales, Tom O’Brien, David Maher (Engineer)
Project Area: 35 sqm
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Courtesy of A2 Architects


Peripheries 2011 – 9th International Conference of the Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA)

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The School of Planning, Architecture & Civil Engineering (SPACE) at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), Northern Ireland recently announced the event, Peripheries 2011 – the ninth International Conference of the Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) which occurs on the 27th to 29th of October. More information on the event after the break.

Formwork / Architecture Republic

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Architect: Architecture Republic
Location: Drumcondra, Dublin 9,
Client: John Graham, artist
Project Area: 25 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Paul Tierney

Wexford County Council Headquarters / Robin Lee Architecture

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Architects: Robin Lee Architecture
Location: , Ireland
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 11,500 sqm
Photographs: Andrew Lee