Dublin's Historic Core
Dublin has a rich and varied historical built heritage with fine examples dating from the medieval period onwards. This walking tour focuses on a selection of some of the key historic buildings situated in the context of a busy city centre. Among other points, the workshop includes the medieval settlement site at Christchurch, Dublin Castle (the base of British power until Ireland gained independence in 1922), and Trinity College Dublin.
Metropolitan Sprawl and the Urban-Rural fringe
The property boom in Ireland, which lasted from 1997 to 2007, witnessed major metropolitan sprawl at the edge of Dublin. Many housing estates were built adjacent to rural villages or often in the middle of rural areas and landscapes. Similar to other international examples, this sprawl has, to some extent, been facilitated by the extended network of motorways, and Dublin’s M50 ring road. This workshop visits some of these sprawl-like developments at Dublin’s fringe.
New town development -- Tallaght
In the 1960s plans were made for the development of three new towns to the west of Dublin, and Tallaght is the largest of those towns with a population of about 100,000. This workshop traces the history of this new town and examines some of the socio-economic, housing and town centre viability issues which it encounters.
Dublin Docklands and Waterfront Redevelopment
Since the mid 1980s the docklands area of Dublin has been radically transformed into a mixed use area of residential, leisure and commercial activity. Consisting mostly of dilapidated port lands, derelict land and buildings, as well as social housing estates, this substantial part of Dublin city has been redeveloped with major investments in private housing (with some mixed tenure and affordable units), modernised transport access, and public buildings and spaces, such as the Dublin Convention Centre and Grand Canal Theatre and square. This walking tour will expose the complexities of waterfront and brownfield redevelopment.
Unfinished Housing Estates and the Legacy of the Celtic Tiger
The economic boom in Ireland led to major speculative development in urban, peri-urban and pristine rural areas alike. The lax planning system and local politics facilitated this process. When the property boom came to a halt in 2007 many residential estates were left unfinished, a phenomenon which became known as 'Ghost Estates'. This trip will explore some of these unfinished estates at the edge of Dublin and highlight the issues of planning and development control before and during the crisis.
Inner City Gentrification -- The Liberties Area
The Liberties area is one of the oldest residential areas in Dublin, located just at the edge of the city centre. Traditionally a working class district, it has been subject to gentrification processes in the last decade. The area incorporates the site of the Guinness facility and recently established Digital Hub. This workshop will take a walk through the area and see how it has changed over the course of the economic boom.
Culture-Led Regeneration -- Temple Bar
Temple Bar, in the heart of Dublin, is a well-known example of culture-led redevelopment, driven in large part by tax incentives. It is also a renewed hub for both tourists and the locals. In the mid 1980s it was proposed to build a central transportation node here, but this plan was dropped and the major re-development scheme was implemented instead. Temple Bar today is a thriving mixed-use area with a wide range of cultural buildings. This workshop will take a walk though Temple Bar to examine its evolution over the past 20 years.
Architectural Heritage and Conservation -- Georgian Dublin
Dublin has a fine heritage of Georgian architecture, seen especially in Fitzwilliam and Merrion squares. This workshop examines the history of these squares and the contemporary planning and conservation issues. In March 2013 Dublin City Council has released its study on “The Future of the South Georgian Core”.
Social Housing Redevelopment -- Ballymunn
Ballymun was the first (and last) large scale high rise social housing development in Ireland, built in the 1960s. However, since the late 1990s most of it has been demolished and replaced with medium density social housing. This major scale redevelopment is managed by the Ballymun Regeneration Agency, established by the Irish Parliament and supported by Dublin City Council. This workshop examines the redevelopment of Ballymun to date.
Regeneration and Mixed Tenure Development -- Fatima Mansions and Dolphin House
Fatima Mansions is located in Dublin's inner city and was one of a number of social housing apartment complexes built in the 1950s. However, as it suffered from a series of social and economic problems it was regenerated as a mixed tenure development using a Public Private Partnership model. This workshop explores the development of Fatima Mansions and also includes a visit to nearby Dolphin House, an estate where redevelopment has been put on hold because of the economic recession in Ireland.
Heritage -- Boyne Valley
The Boyne Valley, located in the North-East of Ireland and encompassing counties Louth and Meath, is a World Heritage Site and is the largest and one of the most important prehistoric megalithic sites in Europe. Today, the Neolithic passage tombs of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth, which are older than the pyramids in Egypt and pre-date Stonehenge by 1000 years, continue to attract huge numbers of visitors from all around the world. The workshop provides a tour to this significant heritage area, allowing for reflection to its connection to the contemporary environment and activities.
Planning New Urban Extensions -- Adamstown
Adamstown is a planned urban development of 10,000 residential units with associated transport and community infrastructure. It is also a Strategic Development Zone (SDZ), for which a Planning Scheme or Masterplan was prepared. Adamstown is conceptualised around the idea of walkable neighbourhoods located in close proximity to high quality public transport linkages. To date approximately 1300 dwellings have been completed and occupied. This workshop examines the evolution of Adamstown planning and implementation to date.
Transport Planning in Dublin
From the mid 1990s, the implementation of a series of national development plans, partially supported by the European funds, saw the extension of the national motorway system, and in Dublin, the development of the LUAS light rail and M50 ring road. To complement these developments and to facilitate an increase in biking as a mode of transport, the Dublin City Council has successfully implemented a biking scheme throughout the central city. This workshop revisits these various developments and identifies the gaps to be filled in future.
Capital projects -- AVIVA Stadium and the Surrounds
This new sports stadium, used mainly for rugby and soccer, replaced an old rugby stadium known as Lansdowne Road. It is a major piece of new sporting infrastructure and concert venue in Ireland as well as a landmark building in architectural terms. The stadium is located in the heart of a mature residential district, which has attracted controversial planning proposals during the boom times. This workshop examines the planning issues related to the location and impact of capital projects on the surrounding communities.
Green Infrastructure and Ecology – Bull Island / Howth
North Bull Island is a unique site in Ireland and also in an International context not only in terms of its amenity value to the people of Dublin but also in terms of its wealth of habitats that exist side by side with public recreation. It is located just about 5km from the centre of Dublin and created as a by-product of an infrastructural intervention (harbour wall. The tour also passes through the former fishing village and peninsula of Howth and the surrounds which afford the most spectacular views of Dublin and the Irish Sea.
Sustainable Green Infrastructure -- Father Collins Park
Father Collins Park, also known as ‘Ireland’s first wholly sustainable park’ opened in 2009 and won several awards for its design. The park includes extensive recreational infrastructure and ecological areas (wetlands) and is powered by wind. The residents of local communities of Clongriffin and Belmayne are the main users and beneficiaries of this public space. However, its location at Dublin’s fringe has positioned the park adjacent to abandoned estates and also next to Priory Hall, an apartment complex which was so poorly constructed that residents were forced to move out in the past 2 years...
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Eco Village – Cloughjordan, Tipperary
Cloughjordan Ecovillage is built on 67-acre site of fertile land and includes about 50 low energy homes. The Village gathers an innovative community of residents committed to local democracy, healthy and socially enriching life style, biodiversity and minimal ecological impacts. The village incorporates a community farm and a community heating system that is solar- and wood-powered; a green enterprise centre and broadband access; and an eco-hostel for visitors. The workshop explores this unique community model and its management.
Dun Laoghaire -- Harbour Development
Dun Laoghaire is Dublin’s secondary harbour, a point of departure of ferry services to neighbouring regions of Great Britain, several marinas, attractive multi-storey housing and extensive public space along the sea front in form of promenades, parks, and beaches. In the background is a commercial town centre with indoor and outdoor shopping, local services and established neighbourhoods. The vibrant town is located south of Dublin city centre and well-connected by a commuter rail line and bus service. This workshop provides the insights into the issues and approaches to the development of this complex and ever adapting urban system.
Inner City Multifunctional Redevelopment – Grangegorman and the Surrounds
Grangegorman Development Agency (GDA) is a statutory agency established in 2006 by the Irish Government to redevelop a former hospital grounds in Dublin city centre. The Grangegorman redevelopment plan has won multiple international awards and includes a robust scope for a high quality inner city area linked to its surrounding communities and the city centre; new health facilities; new urban campus for Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) which is currently spread over several locations; and new arts, cultural and public spaces. The complex and multi-phased implementation has just begun following the approval by the Irish national planning board. This workshop examines the site and its planning, and also includes a visit to a nearby Smithfield area, a recent inner-city redevelopment project on the site of traditionally held horse fairs.