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  1. Matt Wood
    December 12, 2010

    Liked this post, which I stumbled across through Twitter; thanks. Will be talking a bit about the Mayo Design Guide at some point on my blog: http://www.ruralise.co.uk. I know it’s not really what you’re driving at, but anyone else interested in the tricky territory where modernism meets vernacular should alos look at Dulchas, based on Skye; worth a look.

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    • markstephensarchitect
      December 12, 2010

      Thanks, it’s a topic I’m very interested in: how do you avoid the homogeneity of what is considered traditional but moving forward to something more contemporary. The Mayo design guide is heavily influenced by the one done by Cork (available on Amazon) & is worth getting.

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  2. Dermot
    November 27, 2012

    Thank you for your blog, I found it on a google search as the entire subject of rural design in Tyrone is a particular annoyance of mine. Why is it mandated to create such a boring low quality, “vernacular”? I suspect they would reject out of hand Frank Lloyd Wright’s contributions. Is there any hope for change?

    In truth architects are not consulted but the housing comes out of a pre approved catelogue of types that can be hilariously out of proportion and are just plane ugly. It put me off building there being a committed modernist currently residing in a gloriously brutalist construction in Highgate, north London.

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    • markstephensarchitect
      November 27, 2012

      You’re welcome & many thanks. Some councils (such the one I work in Mayo) are more forward thinking and encourage contemporary design. I don’t know about Tyrone. Don’t forget that most houses aren’t done by architects, clients have little appreciation on what the architect brings to the table and are often going for the lowest price with the results as you can see.

      Would love to see piccie of your house;cthere’s done great work there (plus a lovely cemetary (took kids to see Karl Marx)

      Thanks again

      Mark

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  3. Peter
    April 2, 2013

    Just as the Japanese economy is celebrated (or used to be) for Sony, Fujitsu, Honda etc. while the generality is mediocre, so Ando, Ito and people like Bow-wow put a nice gloss on the general hideousness of most architecture here. Take a look at some of the designs on this site selling used holiday home on the Izu peninsular http://www.mimoza-r.jp/index.html Of course there are some standout designs, but the generality is awful. Anyway – I’m here in Japan, looking for someone to design a house or an extension me on a perfect site in Kerry. Might you be interested?

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    • markstephensarchitect
      April 2, 2013

      Hi Peter

      Yes sounds interesting. Email me details at mdstephens@gmail.com and I’ll put a proposal together

      Mark

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