As a starting point for my ideas i have begun reading into the history of my home town, Armagh. Just as introduction i am uploading some images to begin with. It is technically classified as a city but is actually quite small (with a population of approx 15,000). Its significance therefore has been the focus of my research as i wished to understand the reasons behind the quality of architecture it exhibits. In particular it demonstrates an exemplary compilation of georgian stone buildings, although they appear more disjointed in fashion than that of major cities of the era (e.g. Bath).
Posted by: wezzers84 | August 2, 2008
The relationships between some of the buildings fascinate me due to the mix of landscaping strategies imposed with classic precision juxtaposed against a strategy of medeival anarchy. Without going into too much detail at this stage i will highlight the areas which have most interested me.
1) The dialogue between the two cathedrals, defining the skyline and competing for dominance.
2) The community within the town/city and the degree of secularisation which impacts upon the way they experience it.
3) The perception of spaces and places such as; the old Gaol, the police station, the barracks and whether negative or positive architecture exists in the city.
To compliment this research i have been looking for space/places and beginning with photographing them to come back and study later, my favourite of which has been a quarry, interesting due to the aggresion at day and solace at night, a kind of schizophrenia it possesses.
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