Dublin city’s twentieth-century buildings and their stories
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more than Concrete Blocks: Dublin city’s twentieth-century buildings and their stories is a three-volume series of architectural history books which are richly illustrated and written for the general reader. unpacking the history of Dublin’s architecture during the twentieth century, each book covers a period in chronological sequence: volume 1, 1900-39; volume 2, 1940-72; volume 3, 1973-99.
the series considers the city as a laired and complex place. it makes links between Dublin’s buildings and Dublin’s political, social, cultural and economic histories. by focusing on architecture as the central thread in the story of the city in formation, 1900-2000, More than Concrete Blocks is about the relationship between architecture and people in Dublin City.
covering the decades at the end of the twentieth century, as Ireland joined the European Commission and Dublin City grew confident enough to reimagine Temple Bar, the Volume captures this energy and subsequent architectural framing of social infrastructure during this period. Volume 3 contains introductory historical and building culture essays of each decade under discussion- 1970s, 1980s, 1990s followed by 31 case studies and an overview, in guidebook style, of over 130 sites.