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The forces that shaped the Irish Regional Technical College buildings

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dc.contributor.author Ó Riain, Marc (Cork Centre for Architectural Education, University College Cork & Cork Institute of Technology)
dc.contributor.author McCarthney, Kevin
dc.contributor.author Harrison, Jim (Cork Centre for Architectural Education)
dc.contributor.author Gomes Correia, Larissa (Cork Institute of Technology)
dc.date.accessioned 2017-08-15T14:51:48Z
dc.date.available 2017-08-15T14:51:48Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/5974
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract The paper charts the early development of environmental thinking in Architecture up to the radical paradigm shift of modernism and brutalism. The resulting emphasis on proportional grammar over the technical performance of the interior environment would be common threads in Educational architecture leading up to the design of the Regional Technical Colleges (RTCs) in 1967. Changes in technology, materials and skills shortages led to the development of post war steel frame Hertfordshire Schools which greatly influenced the future direction of Technological School and College design. Financial rationalisation saw a movement away from the steel frame CLASP models to concrete frame Intergrid systems, which would directly influence a key precedent of the RTC design, the M&M building at the University of Birmingham. The intelligence of the building design by ARUP would be compromised by the Modernist emphasis on plastic over glazed facades, which lacked shading suffered from great heat loss. The movement away from quality materiality and exposed grid structure, resulted in a loss of delight and a greater level of brutalism. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher ITERATIONS en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries ITERATIONS; 02, pp. 30-35
dc.subject environmental thinking en_US
dc.subject architecture en_US
dc.subject modernism en_US
dc.title The forces that shaped the Irish Regional Technical College buildings en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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