This brochure contains a collection of statements regarding the property issue by people from Dublin. It resulted from the manifold reactions of people to our work ‹Property›. The statements are accompanied by 16 black and white photographs, which illustrate the making of ‹Property›.
Property (Letters to the Editor): brochure 11cm x 15cm, english, 34 pages, 16 black and white photographs by the Kuehne/Klein, 16 statements, 1 D.I.Y-multiple, 1998
Thursday, September 3, 1998 Sir, – I note with interest the mysterious disappearance of property of all types throughout the country this autumn. Initially this appeared to be a case of the bricks and mortar following the human drift towards the capital, but I now believe that there is another explanation. Rumour has it that the missing houses are being reconstructed on a site in Dublin itself in an attempt to prevent the sprawling developments which are swallowing up the countryside at an alarming rate. If this is the case, and it reflects a new direction in urban planning, then may I wish the project every success? Yours, etc., Judith Stewart
Thursday, September 10, 1998 Sir, – Congratulations for revealing the interdependent PROP structure of the contemporary PROPERTY market (PROP Art?) and the curious appeal of reproduced façadism to todays house-buyer. PROPERTY surely implies a broad approach to land-use. Could this (Celtic Tiger?) dichotomy between the isolated facial box and its neutral swathe of ground be a form of mass schizophrenia? All very PROPER of course. But where will it end? Yours, in suburbia, Raymund Ryan (UCD).
Thursday, October 8, 1998 Sir, – In the development of the urban cityscape from asymmetrical constructions of local character, to the modernist grid system, it is unfortunate that in most cases this has invariably led to monotony and the de-humanising of the urban space. The random nature of the urban development project by Beat Klein and Hendrikje Kuehne has, in many ways, exposed the polarised limitations of a rigid structural design to the cycle of chance and desire. In doing so they have articulated an ergonomic human character, sorely lacking in Dublin’s recent construction boom. Yours faithfully, Ciaran Bennett