The Irish Architectural Archive, in association with the Irish Planning Institute, presents a lunchtime lecture ‘Ambition and Achievement – The Civic Visions’ of Frank Gibney by Fergal MacCabe, Architect and Town Planner.
Frank Gibney (1905-1978) was Architect and Town Planner to the Balbriggan Town Commissioners in the early 1930s and prepared town plans for Waterford, Tralee, Drogheda, Meath, Navan, and Tullamore. He is regarded, along with Patrick Abercrombie, Ernest A. Aston and Manning Robertson, as one of the major figures of town planning in Ireland in the inter war years. In 1938 he made a submission to the inter-departmental committee on public works which proposed employment generating schemes, including the building of a Dublin Civil Airport, cleaning the Liffey bed, riverside promenades, cleaning public buildings, refuse removal, road widening, tree planting, creation of flower gardens and the construction of Clontarf Marine Boulevard. During the years of 1951 – 1958 he was working for upwards of 16 different Local Authorities and producing designs for almost 300 houses per year, mainly in the counties of Laois, Cavan, Offaly, Louth, Kildare, Waterford and Kerry. It is for his post-war housing schemes and for the villages and developments which he designed for Bord Na Móna workers in the 1950s that he is now best remembered.
Venue: Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
For booking and further information please contact the Irish Architectural Archive at 01 6633040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.