More than concrete blocks vol. II Launch
Wednesday 6 February | 6pm | Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square East, Dublin 2
More than concrete blocks vol. II: 1940–72, edited by Ellen Rowley, will be launched at the Irish Architectural Archive on Wednesday 6 February. Lord Mayor Niall Ring and poet Paula Meehan will speak on the evening.
This is the second volume in a three-volume series of architectural history books. The books ares abundantly illustrated and accessibly written for the general reader. Full of new research, photography and previously unseen archive images and drawings, these books unpack the history of Dublin’s architecture during the twentieth century by presenting both an overview and more detailed examinations of a rich array of buildings. Chronologically organized, they are simple and colourful surveys of Dublin’s built fabric during the period. This series was commissioned by Dublin City Council Heritage Office with University College Dublin.
Volume 2 explores Dublin’s architectural history from 1940 to 1972. There are 36 case studies, markedly mixed in terms of building type and public awareness, from city-centre schools to the nation’s bus station (Busáras); from a suburban Catholic church and flat schemes to radical office buildings. It covers the middle of the twentieth century, including the largely overlooked 1940s and 1950s. It presents a contentious built history that saw the not-always-welcome rise of architectural modernism, at the service of a modernizing Ireland.