Mapping Bullock

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Image one and two are maps that I created to communicate the defining aspects of the territory that I’m designing in. Figure 34 shows the topographical make-up of the surrounding area. The historical locations of the original Dalkey quarries are etched on the map. The location on the railline is shown as evidence of it’s importance in the historical development of Dun Laoighaire, Bullock and Dalkey in the eighteenth and nineteeth centuries. This a coastal region with a strong history of carving and terracing of a landscape for the creation of it’s dominant infrastructure. This idea of manipulation of exsisting topography was fndamental in my approach to my site and navigating the slope in a way that accomodates elderly living.

The second map shows the residential linear grain of the sites around bullock. This is a result of the widespread georgian and victorian development of sets of terrace houses. This speculative development as seen by my earlier survey of Brffni terrace on page nine and ten, created the temporal fabric that residents identify with today. The location of the forty foot martello tower and the bullock castle is also highlighted on this map. The radiating circles represent the position of surveillance and protection that these historical monuments took in the community.

The creation of these maps clarified the territory that I was inhabiting for the process of my design. I was set to design within the juxtaposition of the linear terrace and the coummnal need for surrveilance in a community of care. This historical fabric that I discovered set the strong parameters for creating elderly housing while puching and questioning the domestic and communal needs for boundaries in the habitation of a community.




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