Suburbia + Mapping
This issue explores the potential of mapping in understanding the suburban condition.
In a landscape built on movement, how we move effects what we know.
A map is provided of a suggested walking route around the Goatstown/Dundrum area, with points of interest marked out along the way. Some are a little bit hidden, others in plain sight, but each have been included as places of rare forms and functions in the suburban fabric.
The map is an idea for an alternative reading of suburbia.
Suburbia + Photography
Issue 02 explores the relationship between photography and suburban space. Three essays respond to the intimate link between the medium of photography and the spaces we occupy.
Michael Hayes (editor) begins with the message of the medium, developing an argument that a uniquely photographic vision – defined by frame, limitations of the lens and a decentralised point-of-view – has shaped both the perception and making of suburban space.
Hugh Campbell (Dean of Architecture, UCD) presents an insight into the changing environment of urban America 1964-79 and how this shift from centre to suburb is reflected in the work of Garry Winogrand and Stephen Shore.
Martin McGagh (photographer) produces a visual essay of photographic work which contemplates young adults, as they move through the twilight of their childhood, in the context of the generic housing estates where they live.
Suburbia + Public Space
Issue 03 explores the relationship between suburban morphology and public spaces. Three essays observe existing conditions and propose an architectural response. A fourth and final essay describes a real intervention which deals with conceptions of public and private in suburbia.
Michael Hayes (editor) begins with 'The Contemporary Commons'. Here suburbia is perceived as a space that is either maligned or overlooked. In the left-over and oddly-shaped green spaces of the housing estate may lie the greatest opportunity for the civic in suburban life.
Andrew Clancy (architect, lecturer QUB) presents 'Marginalia'. Among the landscape of Dublin's suburban coastline is an artificial topography made of commuter railways, by-passing roads and the ambiguous space left between.
Colin McDonnell (architect) produces a spatial analysis of the suburbs entitled 'Pieces of Suburbia'. In reading the existing fabric as elements of field, point and line and alternative approach to a suburban architecture might develop.
Ciara McMahon (GP/artist) reflects on her practice 'deAppendix', a doctor's surgery and public gallery located in a Dublin housing estate. The project reassesses ideas of publicness/privacy and programmatic preconceptions within a suburban community.
Suburbia + History
Issue 04 explores the relationship between history and suburban development. Three essays respond to the changing processes by which suburbia has been bought, built and sold.
Laura Johnstone (PhD candidate, UCD) discusses her on-going research into the role of 19th Century ground landlords on the emerging morphology of suburban Dublin, with a particular focus on the locally known 'Lords of the Soil'.
Ray Dinh (architect) documents the changing face of Darndale housing estate, from its inception in the 1970s to its decline in the 80s, and subsequent redesign during the regeneration projects of the 90s.
Emma Gilleece (architectural historian) captures a brief period in Irish history where the combination of new technologies, trans-atlantic aviation and speculative building saw the development of Irish Estates at Corbally, Limerick.
Suburbia + Language
Issue 05 considers the relationship between language and suburban space. Three essays respond to the fractured process of translation that has come to define the territory of suburbia.
Liam Mac Mathúna (Professor UCD) outlines a history of linguistic change in the Dublin area, describing how preceding eras of colonisations and cultures have renamed, subverted and built upon a place and its people.
Emma Geoghegan (architect/lecturer DIT) documents the absence of a vocabulary in both the imagination and critique of space on the urban-rural fringe, suggesting that a consideration of this landscape as an independent territory might begin a means of understanding its unique conditions.
Isobel NÍ Riain (lecturer UCC) reveals how a reading of place-names, in the now suburbanised area of Little Island on the edge of Cork city, can tell of a long history of occupation; one whose built form is often subsumed by the office parks and semi-ds of the immediate present.
Suburbia + Typology
Issue 06 considers the relationship between typology and the architecture of suburbia. Three essays respond to the evolving spatial types that define the suburbs as a coherent condition.
Nikos Magouliotis (Architect) describes the architecture of the Greek Maison Dom-ino; an ad-hoc and pragmatic form of development that has slowly reshaped the landscape of Greece since its emergence in the post-war period.
Jim Murphy (Emeritus Dean of Architecture UCD) surveys the history of the semi-detached house, uncovering its possible origins, eventual crystalisation and subsequent variations; as well as its role in the suburbanisation of Ireland.
Susan Dawson (Architect/Tutor CCAE) sets out the realities of designing a 21st Century housing project in Adamstown, Co. Dublin and imagines an alternative typology for building a suburb.