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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

2ha Magazine - Exploring the notion of the suburb

2ha - A recently launched independent journal plans to explore the notion of the suburb and its relationship to fields such as mapping, photography, language and typology. 

There is a value in suburbia the remains overlooked.  
It is a landscape of faded aristocratic homes surrounded by encroaching housing estates.
It is a field where farmyards sit beside shopping centres.
Quotes from: 2ha.ie


2ha - Exploring the suburb.


Issue five / suburbia + language - considers the relationship between language and suburban space. Three essays respond to the fractured process of translation that has come to define the territory of suburbia. 

  • Liam Mac Mathúna (Professor UCD) outlines a history of linguistic change in the Dublin area, describing how preceding eras of colonisations and cultures have renamed, subverted and built upon a place and its people. 
  • Emma Geoghegan (architect/lecturer DIT) documents the absence of a vocabulary in both the imagination and critique of space on the urban-rural fringe, suggesting that a consideration of this landscape as an independent territory might begin a means of understanding its unique conditions. 
  • Isobel NÍ Riain (lecturer UCC) reveals how a reading of place-names, in the now suburbanised area of Little Island on the edge of Cork city, can tell of a long history of occupation; one whose built form is often subsumed by the office parks and semi-ds of the immediate present.

To view Issue 05 and all previous issues, or to make a purchase, please visit www.2ha.ie/issues.

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