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Architecture July 2018

Dolphin’s Barn Urban Space

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NJBA A+U plan of intervention 

On the cusp of the new millennium NJBA A+U were part of a new urban space initiative championed by Jim Barrett City Architect at Dublin City Council.  Several under-utilised and under-valued spaces across the city were identified as part of the strategy.  Taking advice, suggestions and direction from the city architects and transport departments the task was to find a suitable model for urban renewal.  Concerns regarding the use of these spaces were paramount.

NJBA A+U Model Study 

Where social activities were positive they should be enhanced and where those activities were anti-social, proposals had to alleviate or deter.  Supporting mechanisms such as active public frontage and housing were important components of any solution.  In addition, where suitable, existing traffic use, including parking, could be maintained if it supported activity.

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NJBA A+U – Section through main junction

In this proposal, shared spaces were a key strategy to ensure valuable public activity, especially in font of the church.  Commercial uses along the edge of the spaces are re-enlivened with robust hard landscaped space augmented with trees and public lighting.  Where viable, residential uses above shops support passive surveillance.  A new mixed use building on the edge of the main public space provides financial subvention for the public realm works.

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NJBA A+U – Main space in front of church with mixed use supporting building

The existing condition also suffers from access problems.  The crossing is difficult due to its unique geometry, topographical variation and traffic levels.  Safety was a priority from a traffic management perspective.  This scheme proposed both shared spaces for the low density areas alongside public functions in front of the shops and the church. For the main crossings more direct connections were proposed and the usual pedestrian barriers removed to facilitate easier movement of pedestrians.  This would necessitate a pedestrian prioritised lighting sequence.

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NJBA A+U – Study of new urban space and supporting mixed use building

Regretfully this scheme was not progressed.  It remains only in sketch form a potential solution.

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Music March 2014

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Work has been suspended on “Gardens of Kyoto” in favour of what would have been our third outing.   Bringing forward “Cycles” has facilitated new developments.  Oblique Projection is effectively a solo project with dreams of collaborations in the future.  In the meantime work is concentrated on “Cycles” and “Gardens of Kyoto”.

For “Cycles” the current tracks laid down are;

City Lights 5:39 – single release 22 April 2014

Storm Clouds over Mestre 3:59

Lost in the Rain 03:27

November Walk 02:59

Paris to Lyon 02:58

Another track “Newsday” is under consideration.  The total number of tracks has not been finalised yet.  There is a hope to release late in 2014.    Catch up with OP on Soundcloud, YouTube, iTunes and other media….

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Music February 2014

City Lights

City Lights will have its official digital release on 22 April 2014. A video is to follow. City Lights will be one of the tracks on the forthcoming “Cycles” album. The cycles album is likely to contain the track Storm Clouds over Mestre as well. More news for Oblique Projection in March.

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