#03 Suburbia + Public Space
The Contemporary Commons
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.
Pieces of Suburbia
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.