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  • in reply to: New Advertising in Dublin #776861

    john white
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    Those billboards around Stephen’s Green displaying wildlife photography… that’s not a softly softly, stealthy introduction of these things is it?

    John

  • in reply to: Renaissance Style Facade, 40 Kevin St. Lr. #742949

    john white
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    Yes that’s right it is Palladio. The Bell tower is the best bit – albeit heavily inspired by the campanile in Piazza San Marco.

    It often confuses people!

    Anyway – for God’s sake don’t get me started on that blooming Palladio…

    Have you ever seen the Barbari Church? Classical style, covered in statues and reliefs glorifying the Barbari family – scenes of naval victories and relief maps displaying their territories etc… on the FACADE no less. As Ruskin said, there is not one SINGLE religious item on it anywhere. Not one crucifix, nothing. Self-deification almost!

    Not by Palladio but of that ilk, only more interesting. Less sort of… anally retentive and stifled but still revolting. Quite amazing really to see that type ego gone mad!

    John

  • in reply to: Renaissance Style Facade, 40 Kevin St. Lr. #742946

    john white
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    Actually Graham, there is some beautiful architecture around that area but I agree it’s interspersed with much ugly rubbish.

    I just got back from Liverpool – can’t believe the computer-generated amorphous blob that they’re planning to put on the Pier Head alongside the Liver Building and the other 2 ‘Graces’. It’s like Liebeskind gone mad.

    I admire Liebeskind but frankly, I’m worried about the further ruination of Dun Laoghaire – then I go to my birthplace of Liverpool and see the visualisations of what’s about to dominate the skyline there. It’s so utterly out of place/sync/sympathy/scale!

    Anyone else seen it?

  • in reply to: Renaissance Style Facade, 40 Kevin St. Lr. #742945

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    Hi Roskav!
    Very witty. My middle name is actually Ivan [but no Russian ancestry] – perhaps that’s why I was so curious.

    Those photos are beautiful. Venice is my favourite place in the world [so far]. Funny, I’ve never been to the Biennale or that Scuola. Is the Scuola near the public Gardens and La Chiesa di San Francesco Della Vigna [a dull Rennaissance church] in a really lovely quitet area; always there is the sweet sound of birdsong.

    I believe they were always religious in nature – places of worship as well as conference and ceremony etc.

    John

  • in reply to: Renaissance Style Facade, 40 Kevin St. Lr. #742938

    john white
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    Thanks Paul,
    I’ll definitely have a look on the way in to work tommorrow,
    john

  • in reply to: Renaissance Style Facade, 40 Kevin St. Lr. #742936

    john white
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    Ah yes!

    I looked at their site but missed that. It actually looks a bit like a Venetian Guild Hall [Una Scuola]. So perhaps the meeting house bit means just that. The Venetian Scuole where set up as charitable societies and always had a chapel. My favourite one being the Scuola di San Giorgio della Riva Schiavoni in Venice with its Carpaccio painting cycles. They were Dalmatians. Anyway, the Red Dog site says:

    “The red dog studio is a listed building that was designed originally as a meeting house for the Moravians, a religious order originally from Bohemia, now part of the Czech Republic. It maintains all original features and provides an inspirational environment.”

    Thanks Roskav!
    John
    PS: Where does your interesting name originate?

  • in reply to: Your favourite looking architecture/Interiors sites? #723084

    john white
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    Hi there
    Yes, but I’m trying to find good ‘Architecture/Interior Design/Style’ type sites.

    Many personal sites are either too fussy and faddish or too simplistic because of the small amount and uniformity of content contained within. I’d like to see how this particular subject is well presented and get more inside the head of what appeals to the architect and interior designer.

    Ta
    John

  • in reply to: Advice for a 3d modeller friend jobwise? #719162

    john white
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    Thanks very much for the advice LOB,

    I passed that on to him
    John

  • in reply to: Advice for a 3d modeller friend jobwise? #719160

    john white
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    No ideas chappies?
    John

  • in reply to: Libeskind in Dun Laoghaire #716921

    john white
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    Oh MY GOD!

    I think Dunlaoghaire is finally to be finished off.

    A century of destruction has un-systematically ruined what must surely have once been a jewel. I particularly point to:

    The Shopping centre – horrendous.

    That old Terminal – once hailed as a masterpiece I believe? Weren’t architects desperate for modern buildings to champion in those days! Anything un-old or un-pretty would do, it seems.

    The list would go on…

    And now the fiurther ruination of the harbour?

    Liebskind – oh Christ. Have you seen what he’s doing with the V&A in London? It looks like a giant pile of old cardboard-boxes and rubbish have been tipped inbetween it. Clever? Oh yes – probably. Worth doing? I don’t think so. Okay, so it will add to the eclecticsm of that already slightly vulgar building but in this case disastrously.

  • in reply to: former cinemas of ireland #716282

    john white
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    Has a bit of history attached to it then. That’s sad really. Was the inside any good?

    The outside just looks like cheap mock-palladian. Although, like the presbyterian church on Adelaide St., it’s still more picturesque than most of the cold, naked looking shells they build nowadays.

    Think I passed by you yesterday Paul – wasn’t sure if it was you Were you on Pearse street with a Hodges Figgis bag?

    John

  • in reply to: former cinemas of ireland #716280

    john white
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    Did something strange happen to the Academy on Pearse st. a couple of weeks ago?

    It caught fire, the Fire Brigade were there. Couple of days later i saw a TV3 news van outside it.

    I realise it’s probably a crap building really but was just curious.

  • in reply to: Registration #715063

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    ta

  • in reply to: Just back from London: What a Beautiful Mish-Mash! #715052

    john white
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    Presumably these squares such as Merrion etc.. were conceived originally as a stylistically coherent unit [not sure if this was a concious artistic statement or purely practical – posh georgian version of a council estate?]

    If so and because they’re loved by the public in this original unadulterated format, it would merit a ‘special case’ categorisation wouldn’t it?

    I presume however [who knows everything?] that the majority of our cities have been an evolving mish-mash for centuries anyway – the illusory coherence being mainly due to the discoloured varnish of time and dirt!

    Certain areas would seem to me to be worth preservation, others not – but, it’s all subjective isn’t it?

  • in reply to: riai website #715100

    john white
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    I just think think it would be a further disincentive to people who are posting crap on this forum in order to take the piss

  • in reply to: Registration #715061

    john white
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    Do you need the ICQ for the IP address to show? [God I should know about this stuff…]

  • in reply to: riai website #715098

    john white
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    Oh God, can we please limit this forum to registered users? Using their real names if possible?

  • in reply to: Just back from London: What a Beautiful Mish-Mash! #715045

    john white
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    I would tend to agree with you – particularly as regards ‘special cases’, ie: the Goergian mile etc. I’d like appropriate signage of some sort to the effect of “Re-Built 2000” or something.

  • in reply to: riai website #715092

    john white
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    Let me just say right now Emily,

    I think you’re just a wonnerful human being

  • in reply to: riai website #715090

    john white
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    Well now, that’d be IDEAL! You’re lucky if you can keep getting those [obviously, it’s not just luck].

    YOU LUCKY SOD YOU

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