In my opinion, a culture of objection is evolving in Dublin. Objection to anything and everything planned, that is bold or architecturally innovative. Anything that doesn't blend in exactly with its surroundings is deemed unacceptable by certain crazed residents' groups and government quangoes.
I believe that many of the recently rejected planned schemes in Dublin should have been built. The Spike is one such plan [see other topic posts]. I am also in favour of the Smithfield plan [including its slender 23 storey tower] as I think its an opportunity that is too good to be missed, a plan that will further rejuvenate that depressed quarter of town. But no doubt, An Taisce and numerous local residents will petition An Bord Pleanala [spelling?] to scupper it on the grounds of height blah blah......
Please dont get me wrong....Im not in favour of large-scale building in sensitive, historical locations of the city, but I strongly object to the way that certain groups in society are getting away with architectural murder, in stopping worthwhile, interesting schemes, on the basis of height alone. Meanwhile these same groups ignore the pox of banal, poorly designed schemes of legoland flat blocks [with those awful uPVC windows that look grubby after a year] that are springing up everywhere.
Dublin Corp shot itself in the foot by not getting proper planning permission for the Spike but I still resent those small-minded fools who have successfully [so far] objected to it being built - those fools who are akin to the thousands of objectors to some of the world's great landmarks [Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera House, Tower Bridge to name but a few]. Aren't we all glad that those same buildings were built in spite of such huge opposition at the time of their construction?
The city of Dublin is changing. Yes, nobody wants Manhattan recreated on the banks of the Liffey, but certain areas will take prominent buildings with strong vertical emphases - with the possible exception of the overly dense Spencer Dock Proposal.
Alas, as long as Ireland remains a nation of begrudgers, positive development in Dublin will undoubtedly be stunted, and the urban sprawl of cheaply-built, outrageously expensive 'houselet' estates will continue to mushroom exponentially.