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From pickaxes to steam saws: The construction of the row house in Dublin (1730-1888)

Medium: conference paper
Language(s): en 
Conference: 6th International Congress on Construction History (6ICCH 2018), July 9-13, 2018, Brussels, Belgium
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Page(s): 643-650
Year: 2018
Abstract: This paper will examine the construction of the row house in Ireland, from the eighteenth to the nineteenth century. Focusing on the Dublin house, it will provide a broad overview of the changing nature of domestic construction practices, from the digging of foundations to the building of walls and the acquisition of building materials. The nineteenth century was a key turning point in housing design, as new forms of technology transformed the building site. Why did some traditional methods continue, while others were transformed by new means of industrial production? Moreover, how did innovation impact the architectural form and detailing of these terraces? Although the Dublin house was based on its British counterpart, this paper will show how the city gave birth to a unique architectural landscape in the Irish capital. By tracing the evolution of these building techniques in Dublin, this paper will show the impact of industrialization on these ubiquitous streetscapes.

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