Adrian Duncan
Little Republics

The history of housing in Ireland is a long and complex one. Writer and artist Adrian Duncan has made a long-term investigation into the cultural impact of Bungalow Bliss, a collection of affordable house designs that resulted in thousands of new dwellings appearing in Irish towns and countryside since the 1970s. He grew up in one such house in Longford, and has published Little Republics: The Story of Bungalow Bliss, examining the influence and effect the Irish bungalow had on the housing market, the surrounding landscape, and families who lived in them. Duncan’s publication accompanies a 2023 exhibition developed jointly by Askeaton Contemporary Arts and the Irish Architectural Archive in Dublin. Here he digresses on the ideas behind his work with artist Michael Holly.