Author Archives: Mike Morris

About Mike Morris

A British / Irish architect who practiced in Ireland and Ontario, now working in the U.K.

The National Children’s Hospital, and Why Costs Go Up

This is a post about the cost overruns at the National Children’s Hospital. This is big news lately, with some cost overruns that appear truly staggering – from an initial approved costing of €570m, to a point where the government … Continue reading

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Urban economy, stupid

“There is a supply problem, we are not building enough, not building in the right location, and not building the right type of home. And also a demand problem. We Dubliners simply don’t like apartments, and what we are supplying … Continue reading

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The Children’s Hospital, and Shouting “Fire” In A Crowded Building

A couple of days ago, a story appeared in the national news about the National Children’s Hospital and fire safety. The substance of the story is that the hospital have been granted a Fire Safety Certificate – this is the … Continue reading

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Whoever Has The Gold Makes The Rules

The cladding is coming down. Local authorities are already removing cladding from tower blocks; other areas of cladding have been sent away to be tested, and have come back failing. Residents are being rehoused for their safety. There is one … Continue reading

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When Banned Cladding Is Not Banned

Grenfell is beginning to feel like more than a horrific incident that has claimed the lives of as yet unknown numbers of people. It’s becoming a symbol of government neglect, of how little care and intention is given to ordinary … Continue reading

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Grenfell: Not One Failure, Many

Trying to navigate the appalling fire at Grenfell Tower is a horrible task. It’s difficult to be forensic about this, and this isn’t intended to be a forensic piece. We don’t know or sure what happened, and pre-empting it is … Continue reading

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