StephenC wrote:Now that the new Dublin City Development Plan has been adopted (it comes into force in a couple of weeks), the City Council can hopefully start making progress on the promised Public Realm Strategy for the city. Some of the ideas in the Strategy have already been shared and the draft is expected early in the new year.
So I thought it might be a good time to ask what posters would like to see in the Strategy? What themes should the Strategy follow and what ideas would you like to see incorporated? Perhaps comments could go towards making an Archiseek submission.
I hate jargon, but I do like the term Public Realm
, it has a nice connotation of ownership about it - . . . . . this is what belongs to us, it’s about the part of the city that we own. Londis might own the lease, but their cheap aluminium windows and double size sign are in our ‘public realm’.
I think even the Corpo realize we’re on a learning curve with ‘Public Realm’, we need to educate ourselves, we need to look at just how far we’ve slipped behind accepted international standards. All that urban decay and dereliction in the 70s and 80s probably damaged our psyche, left us thinking that any aul streetscape that doesn’t have half a dozen gaps filled with corrugated iron hoardings and tarmac patched pavement is a good streetscape.
If we are on a learning curve about quality in the public realm, the best way to learn, as always, is by example, and the best way to bring people from point A [where we’re at now] to point B [where we’d like to be] is by showing leadership.
Improving the public realm is probably one of those aspirations that everyone instinctively wants to get behind, so surely the solution is to knock the heads together, City Council, City Centre Business Association, Civic Trust etc. etc., pick a grotty piece of city centre streetscape and use it as a pilot study to show people just how the public realm can be transformed relatively quickly just with the application of a bit of good advice and a few careful interventions.
I might have been a bit harsh on the ‘Academy of Urbanism Awards’
thing on another thread, because I think it’s too easy to give urban awards to cities like Freiburg, with all their natural attributes and sublime architectural heritage, but focussing the discussion on the public realm of places like Freiburg would go along way to illustrating what standards we need to be aiming for.