Venice Biennale 2012: Shifting Grounds (Beyond National Architecture) / Ireland Pavilion

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The Irish Pavilion, designed by heneghan peng architects with the support of Arup, and curated by John McLaughlin, charts a position for Irish architecture in a global culture where the modes of production of architecture are radically altered. has developed a national culture of architecture derived from local place as a material construct. They now have to evolve our understanding in the light of the globalized nature of economic processes and architectural production which is largely dependent on internationally networked flows of products and data. They have just begun to represent this situation to themselves and others. How should a global architecture be grounded culturally and philosophically? How does it position itself outside of shared national reference points?

House at Bogwest / Steve Larkin Architects

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Architects: Steve Larkin Architects
Location: Co. Wexford,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Alice Clancy

Aras Chill Dara / Heneghan Peng architects

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Architects: Heneghan Peng architects + Arthur Gibney & Partners
Location: Naas, Co. ,
Client: Kildare County Council
Size: 11,400 sqm
Structural|Civil: Michael Punch & Partners
Building Services: Buro Happold
QS: Boyd & Creed
Facade Engineering: RFR
IT|Security|Fire|Acoustics: Buro Happold
Photographs: Courtesy of Heneghan Peng architects


Recasting / Donaghy & Dimond Architects

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Architects: Donaghy & Dimond Architects
Location: Dundrum, , Ireland
Project Team: Will Dimond, Marcus Donaghy, Conal Ryan, Elizabeth Burns, St. John Walsh
Engineer: David Maher
Area: 150 sqm
Completion: Completion 2011
Photographs: Ros Kavanagh, Donaghy & Dimond Architects


Laneway Wall Garden House / Donaghy & Dimond Architects

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Architects: Donaghy & Dimond Architects
Location: Portobello, Dublin,
Project Team: Will Dimond, Marcus Donaghy, Bruno Manuel Vidal, Elizabeth Burns, St. John Walsh
Area: 122 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Ros Kavanagh


Extension in the Liberties / Donaghy & Dimond Architects

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Architects: Donaghy & Dimond Architects
Location: , Ireland
Project Team: Will Dimond, Marcus Donaghy, Maire Kiely, Conal Ryan, St. John Walsh
Engineer: David Maher
Area: Existing accommodation 96 sqm; Additional accommodation 16sqm
Completion:  2011
Photographs: Ros Kavanagh,


Timberyard Social Housing / O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects

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Architects: O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects
Location: ,
Completion: April 2009
Project size: 3,800 sqm
Photographs: Dennis Gilbert, Alice Clancy


Knocktopher Friary / ODOS Architects

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


C House / Steven Connolly, Alan Connolly and Grainne Daly

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Architects: Steven Connolly MRIAI, BArch, Gráinne Daly BArch
Location: County, Ireland
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: Sligo,
Area: 2,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of MOB

Heads Up: 10 Fastest Growing and Declining Cities

Santiago, : 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 – China, and Saudi Arabia 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, ,
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: , Ireland
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: , Ireland
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