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24 September 2007

It’s rock and awe as Bono praises architect

Bono turned from superstar to fan yesterday as he lavished praise on a visiting Japanese architect. The U2 frontman also revealed his optimism about the future of Irish architecture and praised developments taking...

23 September 2007

Top architectural firm shows leap in salaries, pensions

Five directors of Horan Keoghan Ryan (HKR), one of Ireland’s largest architectural practices, shared salaries and pension contributions of more than €4.3 million in the last financial year. The directors who held offices...

23 September 2007

Irish Homes Up To 200% More Environmentally Damaging Than UK Homes

A leading energy expert has shed light on the alarmingly poor energy performance of typical Irish new homes, which in some cases produce up to 200% more environment-damaging carbon dioxide emissions that their...

23 September 2007

Why U2 still haven’t got what they’re looking for

Seven years after it was first mooted, the proposed U2 tower for Dublin’s docklands remains strangled in red tape, design-related disagreements and planning squabbles. The U2 tower was intended to define the docklands...

20 September 2007

An Irish House Hides in Plain Sight

One afternoon in August, in this rural village in County Leitrim in Western Ireland, Grace Weir and Joe Walker climbed the nearest hill visible from their living room. It was only a mile...

20 September 2007

Bord rejects development near Heuston Station

An Bord Pleanála has refused planning permission for a landmark development at the headquarters of Hickey’s Fabrics on Parkgate Street, Dublin 8, criticising its scale, massing and design as “bland and repetitive”. Scott...

20 September 2007

Plan for €750m Arnotts scheme appealed

Arnotts proposal for a €750 million redevelopment of its landholding between Henry Street and Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1, has been appealed to An Bord Pleanála. Eight parties have appealed planning permission for...

20 September 2007

White Star wins Commercial Architecture Award

White Star House, Queens Island, Belfast by architects Scott Wilson, incorporating Ferguson McIlveen, has won an award in the inaugural Commercial Architecture Awards. The Commercial Architecture Awards celebrate the very best recent work...

19 September 2007

Dockland scheme to express ‘vitality of Dublin’

The revised master plan for Grand Canal Square in Docklands, with a diamond-like 2,000-seat theatre as its centrepiece, will provide “an architectural expression of the vitality of Dublin”, according to its designer, perky...