Housing, Architecture and the Edge Condition: Dublin is Building, 1935-1975
This book presents an architectural overview of Dublin's mass-housing building boom from the 1930s to the 1970s. During this period, Dublin Corporation built tens of thousands of two-storey houses, developing whole communities from virgin sites and green fields at the city's edge, while tentatively building four-storey flat blocks in the city centre. Author Ellen Rowley examines how and why this endeavour occurred. Asking questions around architectural and urban obsolescence, she draws on national political and social histories, as well as looking at international architectural histories and the influence of post-war reconstruction programmes in Britain or the symbolisation of the modern dwelling within the formation of the modern nation.
Critically, the book tackles this housing history as an architectural and design narrative. It explores the role of the architectural community in this frenzied provision of housing for the populace. Richly illustrated with architectural drawings and photographs from contemporary journals and the private archives of Dublin-based architectural practices, this book will appeal to academics and researchers interested in the conditions surrounding Dublin's housing history.
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Anyone fortunate enough to attend one of Dr Rowley's lectures on this subject (and others) will know what an important asset to the city she has become. This nutritious, enlightening and thought-provoking book represents an important contribution to the history of modern Dublin.
if we want to make sure that our housing future does not rhyme with our housing past this is a must-read. the sense of optimistic idealism in the photos is particularly poignant.