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The poetic in the work of Tim Robinson

the map. It is some equivalent practice in relation to language, his painstaking care in the harnessing of words and syntax to faithfully follow reality, which provides so much of the tension and energy of his work. I first encountered Tim Robinson’s work in his map of the Aran Islands. I was already well acquainted with Inis Oírr, the smallest of the Aran Islands, having taught there over several summers, and having come to know the sea-bitten limestone pavement, the remains of Bronze Age settlement, the tiny medieval churches, the wells, the labyrinth of stone

in Unfolding Irish landscapes
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The geographical imagination of Tim Robinson

in singular fashion: ‘anomalies of bedrock and boulders … with a patchy cloak of humanity thrown over … roads, villages (dozens of them), old churches, trades (kelp, boats, poitín), ill-remembered history, well-remembered song’.6 Reading Robinson’s maps and books is to vicariously experience the senses of place of Connemara and the Aran Islands and the texture of their landscapes. Exploring Robinson’s maps Surveying and map-making today are the collective works of teams of people. Robinson is unique in harking back to an earlier practice of the pioneering

in Unfolding Irish landscapes
100 years of Ireland in National Geographic magazine

the earlier Irelands of the National Geographic (Conniff, September 1994: 9). He rings the changes in social and cultural life – the ‘X case’,3 abortion controversies, the Bishop Eamonn Casey scandal,4 Northern Ireland fatigue, and the election of Mary Robinson as the first woman President: ‘there is a sense that the Irish have come adrift from their old social anchors in the land, the Church, and the family’ with De Valera’s dreamy rural myth of Catholic Ireland living in frugal comfort well faded by the 1990s (Conniff, September 1994: 12). In tone, his report

in Spacing Ireland
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Creating places of vernacular democracy

going to be joined by a gigantic state housing scheme, ‘Mieszkanie Plus’, which means that both the capital city and other big cities in Poland await another wave of investments. As a result, the majority of today’s wastelands will be developed and new residential quarters will entail building new infrastructure and services, such as roads, schools, shops and churches, as well as parks and other green areas. In the future they will become green islands in the density of newly developed residential quarters and housing estates (see Figure 3.2).Today, they can be only

in Urban gardening and the struggle for social and spatial justice
The visual art of Tim Robinson/Timothy Drever

that ‘it is extraordinary how quickly an untenanted thatched cottage falls to pieces … The thatch falls quickly down and the rafters follow, and in a few months there is nothing left except the empty shell.’17 The emphasis in his paintings, however, is always on snugness, on a primitive and simple comfort that eschews signs of desperation just as it avoids images of churches and shebeens (places where alcohol is sold without a licence). An advertisement for the London Midland and Scottish Railway Company’s steamers offers one explanation for this. Below a

in Unfolding Irish landscapes
The case for practice theory

husband for a non-governmental organisation (NGO). She notes on trying to use Google Maps and Google Street View via a laptop, as an aid to memory, that: I couldn’t get the … level of detail that I wanted, to go and see where we lived, because I did want to go and see where we lived. I wanted to be able to zoom in and see the church where we got married, and I wanted to be able to zoom in on the houses we lived in each of those three places … you can’t see the level of detail you can here … there are some significant buildings where you think, ‘Oh, I should be able to

in Time for mapping
The restructuring of work in Germany

embedded in daily working and religious life provided the ethical orientation which organised West German reconstruction. These were carried within the labour movement, Church and locality. No-one ‘designed’ post-war Germany, it was hewn out of more durable and sophisticated moral and ethical materials than those provided by economic theory or any other social science methodology. (Glasman, 1996: 55) The durability of the social market economy conception lies in its capacity to be reinvented and reinscribed with new meanings in particular historical periods. In

in Globalisation contested