I think this situation is like this because we let nimby's completly rule the roost
Of courdse everyone wants their house with large gardens, huge parks, but its not sustainable(DUH!)
IFSC - prime example every single financial institution could be in a handful (cluster) of buildings, thus freeing up more space for more businesses or resedential units.
This is just so tiring
Yet another report, yet more talking and nothing actually gets done
Bungled' Dublin faces disease, rising pollution
Capital set to sprawl to the size of LA
GREATER Dublin will soon be as big as Los Angeles but have just a quarter of the US metropolis's population.
Planning experts issued a stark warning yesterday that the capital's massive sprawl could lead to health problems, more pollution and increased rates of social isolation.
And the Urban Forum group - made up of planners, architects, engineers and chartered surveyors - has warned that Dublin commuters use their cars 70pc more often than the French and 30pc more than Americans, because Dublin's population is spread out over such a wide area.
The average mileage racked up by a commuter in the capital is a staggering 24,400km per year, far more than our French and American counterparts.
The Urban Forum group said the next Government must review the National Spatial Strategy and develop an urban centre on the west coast to act as a counter-balance to Dublin. A series of high-speed rail links between Cork, Galway and Limerick would encourage people to move out of the capital and help curb the city's growth.
And Dublin's size could have long-term repercussions for its citizens' health. Reliance on the car will lead to an increase in obesity levels as longer commuting times means less time for exercise. Cardiovascular disease, asthma and stress will become more common, while studies have shown that car-dependent communities are less likely to know their neighbours, which can lead to social isolation.
"There is a lot of research to show that we in Ireland could be facing epidemics of chronic illnesses such as diabetes, obesity, depression, osteoporosis and cancer," the policy document starkly points out.
"Fundamental changes to our built environment are necessary to help combat these new epidemics."
It warns that the province of Leinster is dominated by the Greater Dublin Area, and 54pc of the country's population lives there. And in addition to the growth of new suburbs, one-off housing in rural Ireland is adding to the sprawl.
While town and city centres are seeing a fall in population, the suburbs are growing at a rapid rate.
There is a need to change the stamp-duty regime so people would be encouraged to move into city centre homes instead of being forced to move into the commuter belt.
Construction of one-off houses is adding to the problem, and people granted planning permission for just one house should be forced to pay a contribution to build social and affordable housing.
While schools in the cities were closing, there were too few of them in the suburbs. ater supply and sewerage systems were also under pressure. "We will get planning authorities across the country who are very good, and others who ignore the problem," said president of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, James Pike.
"We need to attract people back to towns and cities. Living in a town can be a very attractive proposition. The average couple with two children spend 2,200 hours a year driving. How can you enjoy your life if you're spending so much time in the car?"
A high-level cabinet committee or Government department should be established to ensure communities were properly proper development and that the mistakes of the past were not repeated.
"We cannot always react; developments must be pre-planned," Urban Forum Chairman Henk van der Kamp added. "We're not saying all these ideas are new, but we have to improve on what we have done. If we manage to get the right policies in place and grow the gateway towns, we will have a counter-balance (to Dublin).
"The very fact that the National Development Plan is increasing investment in infrastructure provision gives even greater urgency to some of our proposals," he said.
We need fast trains and huge west coast city
* A HIGH-SPEED rail network linking Cork, Limerick and Galway needs to be established so that a major urban centre can be created on the west coast.
* People building one-off homes should pay towards social housing.
* The tax regime should be changed to allow people to move into city centre homes.
* The National Spatial Strategy should be reviewed to ensure that new homes are built near road and rail links. A Greater Dublin Land Use and Transport Authority should also be established.
* More planning staff should be hired in local authorities, and councils should be allowed to buy rezoned land at the existing value plus a premium, instead of a price based on development value.
* More parks should be available in urban areas.
* Communities should be consulted before developments take place.
* A Government Department of Urbanism should be established to ensure proper planning.
TCD team to create virtual metropolis
A TEAM of Trinity College researchers has been awarded â‚¬2.5m by Science Foundation Ireland to create a virtual Dublin on a scale and level of realism never seen before.
'Metropolis' is a novel project combining computer graphics, engineering and neuroscience research, in which researchers will create a simulated 'living' city.
When completed, people will be able to move around and experience total immersion in a computer-generated Dublin.
The researchers aim to create a lifelike depiction of a virtual urban environment with street scenes, crowds and traffic noise. It is envisaged that the project will be of practical benefit to urban planning projects and to the development of assistive technology for people with disabilities. The researchers include Prof Carol Oâ€˜Sullivan and Dr Steven Collins from the Computer Science department and Dr Fiona Newell from the Institute of Neuroscience.