Archinect - News 2015-05-22T19:58:15-04:00 Irish students flock back to engineering and architecture Alexander Walter 2014-03-10T14:00:00-04:00 >2014-03-17T20:23:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="274" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Demand for courses in agriculture, engineering and architecture have risen sharply, latest figures in third-level education show, indicating renewed confidence in the building and construction sector. Student interest in science and business continues to grow but demand for subjects related to the built environment has rocketed, based on preliminary information on student first preferences put together by the Central Applications Office (CAO).</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Limerick's medical school: architecture with a scalpel Archinect 2013-08-20T13:18:00-04:00 >2013-08-20T14:08:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="689" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The project &ndash; also comprising student accommodation in the form of gently angled big brick structures that meander down the hillside &ndash; is the work of Dublin-based Grafton Architects. The firm have created a sublime ensemble that's now in the running for best building of the year, having been shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling prize. It would be my choice to win, given how radically it has reinvented two building types often consigned to dismal mediocrity.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to see other contenders for this year's RIBA Stirling Prize.</p> <p> Grafton Architects are also being featured in the upcoming exhibit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined</em></a> at London's Royal Academy of Arts.</p> In Ruined Apartments, Symbol of Ireland’s Fall mantaray 2012-09-03T16:22:00-04:00 >2012-09-05T11:31:25-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Those residents, unable to move back into houses they still have to pay for, have spent nearly a year in legal limbo... More than 2,000 developments begun during that period have turned into &ldquo;ghost estates,&rdquo; ...Others, built under a system that allowed developers to &ldquo;self-certify&rdquo; &mdash; meaning that they could unilaterally declare, with only minimal government oversight, that their properties complied with building codes &mdash; are now falling apart, even while residents live there.</p></em><br /><br /><p> A look at how self-certification helped developers cut corners during Ireland's construction boom, leaving home-owners homeless and trapped in a legal bind. &nbsp;</p>