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Honorable Mention, 2012

Kilmainham Gaol, East Wing

Patrick Callahan, Urban Planning

This image was taken at the East Wing of Kilmainham Gaol (Jail) in Dublin, Ireland. My research and class work surrounding Urban Planning and Design has always held an emphasis on historic misconceptions of grandiose architecture and design controlling human actions and desires. This image represents the same principle, emphasizing the architectural styles of the Victorian Era, except for one important difference: this space does control human action. An argument against historic planning methods, therefore, subliminally presents itself in the photograph, expressing the fact that impressive design is only capably of controlling human action when the sole intention of the space is to forcefully perform such a task.