I actually had a voice recording device on me today, but I hadn’t set it up.
I was in Linenhall for a quick, half hour coffee meeting. So, I didn’t think to ask to record until the conversation was too good to stop for something as odd and pragmatic as setting up the iPhone.
I was meeting Máirtin D’Alton (the architect who lead a tour I attended during Open House Dublin, I’ve included a photo to spark your memory).
Following the Tour, I suggested/recommended/fairly much insisted on him for a position at DIT. Sima took my advice, and he’s been working for an hour a week in the 4th year architectural technology studio ever since.
Of course, he’s giving more time than an hour a week to the cause.
He’s being very conscientious in the role–he showed me the prep work he’d done for today. (I always like to know it’s working out well after I recommend someone!) His prep work must have taken hours.
And, he was also part of a studio crit yesterday that lasted from 9am-7pm. Whew! How exhausting!
He still made time to meet me for coffee before studio today. And, our conversation today was fascinating! I made a few notes on my phone at the end. They’re below, in rough form but interesting nonetheless.
Bungalows have been the norm for single family detached housing in Ireland–past and present. You’ve been able to buy plan books. There are lots of versions of bungalows out there but they all have basic rectangle with simple hip or gabled roof. They’re getting more complex roofs now. They used to be situated with the gable end toward the SW to capture breeze and solar energy, but by now many town councils have regulated they should face street. Hedgerows have been removed to allow roads to be widened. This has changed the composition of Irish towns greatly. They don’t reflect nature or the social fabric the same way as in the past.
The Irish fascination with the TV show “Dallas” lead to over abundance if houses mimicking that style, especially in the north.
In our discussion, I posited that architectural pedagogy is becoming more relevant to society while the architecture profession is becoming less and less relevant (the irony is that education has a big role to play in instilling the types of values that are causing this demise, as well as instilling a sense of curiosity and engagement that makes architecture grads so valuable to other fields).