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Herbert Simms City‘.

Tribute to a modernist public servant.

By Paddy Cahill, who writes:

I though you might be interested in a short piece we have just made looking at some of the Dublin buildings of former Dublin Corporation Housing Architect, Herbert Simms, top, (who oversaw the building of 17,000 new homes in Dublin City).

Overworked and under-appreciated, Simms took his own life at the age of 50 on September 27th 1948 leaving a note: “I cannot stand it any longer, my brain is too tired to work any more. It has not had a rest for 20 years except when I am in heavy sleep. It is always on the go like a dynamo and still the work is being piled on to me.”

This short film observes some of Simms designs, while we hear Nell Regan’s poem inspired by him, and Irene Buckley’s original musical composition.

Top pic: Irish Times

Meanwhile

Architect Kevin Roche: Dublin born but raised in Mitchelstown, County Cork,

Kevin Roche, the Irish-American architect and Pritzker laureate known whose modernist sensibility transformed America’s post-war cultural and corporate institutions, has died of natural causes in his home in Guilford, Connecticut. News of Roche’s passing was first posted to the website of his office, Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates late on 02 March. He was 96 years old.

Kevin Roche, Celebrated Designer of Post-War America, Passes away at 96 (ArchitectDaily)

Kevin Roche, Architect Who Melded Bold With Elegant, Dies at 96 (New York Times)

Pic: Roche, Dinkloo & Associatesd

The intricate pencilings of JaeCheol Park (aka ‘PaperBlue’) – done in the style of architectural drawings but given fantastical free reign to merge and blur into dreamlike urban environments.

The artist, based in Seongnam, South Korea offers YouTube tutorials here.

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Dreaming Squares.

Paddy Cahill writes:

Back in 2013 myself and Shane O’Toole filmed an interview with Ronnie Tallon – the most prolific architect in 20-century Ireland, and one of its most discerning – about his masterwork, the former Carrolls Cigarette Factory in Dundalk (top) – now, half a century later, an Institute of Technology.

This (above) is our recently completed short documentary from this interview, filmed shortly before Dr Tallon’s death in 2014, where he talks about why he loved the square shape for the infinite freedom it offers within fixed constraints….

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A selection of especially gravity-defying examples of Brutalist architecture.

From top: Grand Central Water Tower, Midrand, South Africa, (1996); Armstrong Rubber Company Building, New Haven, Connecticut, (1968); São Paulo Museum of Art,  Brazil, (1968); Praxis Home, Mexico City (1970); Timmelsjoch Experience Pass Museum, Austria, (2010) and De Rotterdam, Rotterdam, ( 2013).

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Custom printed tiles by Lithuanian design studio Gyva Grafika.

The tiles feature images of actual windows (some curtained, others featuring the inhabitants peering out) taken in the neighbourhood where this public toilet is located.

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The bizarre and wonderful world of Soviet-era bus stops, captured (in the course of a 16,000 km round trip of Russia) by photographer Christopher Herwig in a follow up to a previously published homage. To wit:

A foreword by renowned architecture and culture critic Owen Hatherley, reveals new information on the origins of the Soviet bus stop. Examining the government policy that allowed these ‘small architectural forms’ to flourish, he explains how they reflected Soviet values, and how ultimately they remained – despite their incredible individuality – far-flung outposts of Soviet ideology.

Soviet Bus Stops Volume II (Christopher Herwig)

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