Does anyone know, by the way, whether the appeals to the SOM George's Quay revised plan are likely to be upheld or quashed by An Bord PleanÃ¡la?
Quashed I hope. Granted the height is a bit dodgey given its proximity to the main cultural centre, but I don't think a project of this quality should be rejected. After all, they have reduced the tower by 20m to 80m, which brings its scale down significantly.
Anything would be better than the vacant lot that is there currently.
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Very unusual indeed. I must say there's a lot of fascinating development going on at present.
A friend of mine thinks the spike project is a disgrace - because of the waste of money. Especially considering the terrible poverty just a street away from it. Trouble is - there was vitriolic opposition to Eiffel's tower too; and from prominent artistic / literary figures!
Creative projects can problematic sometimes.
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Stop planning high-risers in Dublin center. Yes, be modern. But start learning from blunders elsewhere in Europe. Take a look at the 'riverscape' of the Maas in Rotterdam to see where Dublin is heading. Dublin is one of my favorite cities in Europe, and one of the reasons is the human scale of the city. Like Amsterdam, there are no high buildings in town. (Consider Liberty hall a mistake). Keep it like that. And if you feel you really have to build 'modern' shoeboxes, keep them a minimum of ten miles away from the river......
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I'm quite partial to the vacant lots around the Customs House and North Wall quay actually. I like the ghost town feel of the grand canal docks too. I think the whole area should be left the way it is but...
The old warehouses and anything else of note have been listed. I've gone over the DDDA's plans for the rejuvination of the area and I suppose it can only be a good thing. I'm not so sure about all these brick apartment blocks with clock towers springing up on the canal side though.
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