Redrawing Dublin

Re: Redrawing Dublin

Postby GrahamH » Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:08 am

Yes, an enjoyable evening with surprisingly good free ale. It has become fashionable again. Fully agreed re the book - a great shame we didn't get any expansion on it, even how it has been received to date. It was what everyone was expecting.

I didn’t hear Ivana because I was queuing at the bar behind a concrete pier.

I didn’t hear Dylan because I was queuing at the bar, a little further behind a concrete pier.

Alan Mee could have been given the evening, but alas only had three minutes. One got the impression he was all the audience wanted to hear. A great performance as ever.

Aside from consolidating the evening’s theme of Dublin 8 - The New Soho?, Garret Pitcher of 'Indigo and Cloth' on South William Street made some pertinent points, if his support for Metro North somewhat inflated by his declared 30+ visits a year to the airport. His argument of bringing people into the city could arguably be turned directly on its head, and smacked of an international inferiority complex from all his travels. Personally, of any city I have visited, Dublin’s connection to the heart of the capital from the airport has been the quickest and most direct. But jaysus, let’s not dredge that argument over to this thread.

Kieran Rose made some good points on his quite specific issue of the Central Library – the greatest revelation, if not an unsurprising one, being that the Parnell Square Ambassador proposal seems dead in the water. A magnificent site, but probably too constrained for expansion as I believe has been highlighted by the scoping plans drafted.

Elaine Byrne was a breath of fresh air on her plea for College Green and Foster Place, if admitting that her view of her hero Henry Grattan, from what is officially the best office in Ireland behind the glowering West Front of Trinity College overlooking College Green, is obscured by a scrawny mixumgatherum of London planes. But an impassioned and much-needed plea nonetheless, with her comparison drawn with Ghana inducing many a guffaw down the back. At the risk of exposing a terrible beauty that is Dublin’s public realm by immediately cutting down the trees, I think a photomontage or three should be compiled to soften us up to the potential impact, and give indication of what intermediary measures could be taken to smarten the place up prior to an all-singing civic improvement scheme. Based on this, all trees in the centre could and should be chopped within a matter of months. Foster Place needs more time for a fulsome strategy to be formulated. Byrne even knowing of its existence, never mind its name, got her a thumbs up from me. Her pink attire certainly generated a raised eyebrow or two in contrast to her thoroughly Establishment persona on Vincent Browne every fortnight.

Jay Bourke never showed up, quelle surprise.

Michael McDermott of Le Cool was one of the best speakers of the night. Informed, grounded, measured and very entertaining. More of him please.

I thought Paul Keogh was thought-provoking (if agreed about the Hueston contradiction). He countered the prevailing winds of the Celtic Tiger articulately. One of the better speakers.

Sandra O’Connell on poetry was majestic.

I thought the absence of any conservation or architectural heritage voice was glaringly absent from the event – arguably depriving the entire debate of any meaningful context - but that’s no surprise given who appointed the speakers. Just not beautiful enough.

Dermot Lacey got the best reception of the night, unsurprisingly, with his tirade against the structures of Dublin City Council, Dublin local government and the national broadcaster. He certainly has a point, but then, some of these tensions will always exist regardless of what reforms are introduced. It’s part of the entertainment of life. His vocal opposition to the proposed incinerator was particularly and understandably well received, as with Constantin later in the evening.

Aaron Copeland of Upstart was brilliant.

The crowd was quite raucous down the back, so some speakers got drowned out by frankly more entertaining proceedings around me, so convieniently I cannot comment on all. Ali Grehan made a valiant plea for World Design Capital 2014 which for many was encouraging, but if you'd heard it before, or heard Dermot Lacey before, it didn't quite catch the mood.

A final word of note must go to the design of the event itself. The standing format was spritely, the projections onto various walls of Redrawing Dublin animating and stimulating, and the lighting elegantly composed and controlled. Those wonderful clear bulbs with glowing coil filaments generate such atmosphere – a real delight. Alas they rarely venture out beyond venue applications in this country.

I think everyone left with the lingering question: Tesco or Fresh, Tesco or Fresh... Though one suspects at least one speaker had their mind clearly made up.
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Re: Redrawing Dublin

Postby Paul Clerkin » Fri Mar 11, 2011 2:27 am

I know it was suggested before - last year - that the state takes back the Bank of Ireland on College Green, and it was mentioned last night. But it could be a magnificent City Library.
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Re: Redrawing Dublin

Postby missarchi » Tue Mar 15, 2011 8:24 am

Paul Clerkin wrote:I know it was suggested before - last year - that the state takes back the Bank of Ireland on College Green, and it was mentioned last night. But it could be a magnificent City Library.


What is stopping them? sounds like a great idea...
They also should give the central bank over the unemployed architects so they can plan the future : )
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Re: Redrawing Dublin

Postby gunter » Fri May 27, 2011 10:58 am

GrahamH wrote:Ali Grehan made a valiant plea for World Design Capital 2014 . . . .


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I thought I had misheard this on the night, but apparently not. The Irish Times gave it a three-quarter page spread yesterday.

The people behind this are not to be messed with, so you can keep any negativity to yourselves.

Frank McDonald is mightily impressed with it and that should be good enough for ye.

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This is going to be a cutthroat competition between 55 cities and judging from the standard of some of the promo images, offering prayers to the Virgin Mary might just be our best bet.

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These stencilled lassies appear to be trying to prize open a doorway to let a drooping phallus in.

If this is going to turn smutty, I might have to withdraw my endorsement.

Anyway, the bid is broken down into four themes:

Connecting Cities, which is to do with how technology can be used to network isolated communities; a sort of digital equivalent to sending someone round to knock of doors.

Making Cities Lighter which is mostly about sustainability and what not, but includes the radical idea of lighting a rocket under Liberty Hall and blasting it into space.

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Making Cities Flow builds on recent Japanese experience.

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Making [the other] Cities Smile is the final category.

Like I said, this is a Yes We Can moment, if we truly believe, I can see us comfortably seeing off the likes of Cleveland and Czestochowa.
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Re: Redrawing Dublin

Postby missarchi » Sat May 28, 2011 12:42 am

Is the book online?
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Re: Redrawing Dublin

Postby PVC King » Sat May 28, 2011 10:18 am

gunter wrote:

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That is quirky as hell, can we leave the occupants in when it goes up; they seem to have a quite spaced out sense of reality?

Btw, a very good time to plan the future layout of Dublin there is probably a 3-5 year window until funding re-emerges to get ground broken on new schemes unless Captain Jack misses Space Shuttle Liberty and the 3 - 5 year window continues to be a 3 - 5 year period getting no closer to fruition for a protracted period. A strong plan with quality of life and high design standards at its core is the very least that the City requires to compete. I note the OECD became the latest think tank to introduce a quality of life index.... Maybe that schemes like Liam O'Carroll plan to wreck the North docklands with poor quality 'Back Offices' was in the longer term a blessing in disguise...
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Re: Redrawing Dublin

Postby gunter » Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:24 am

Just when David Norris thought there was nobody left in the arty left who hadn't already stabbed him in the back, we have this from the IAF:

'Are you bored by the costumed buffoonery of the annual suburban “Bloomsday” celebrations? '

. . . the cold treachery of it.

Continuity-James-Joyce in association with Over-Rated Liberties will mount their own Bloomsday celebrations on June 16, beginning with cappuccinos in Swallow and Burn, followed by a professional psycho-analyses of IAF bloggers [not before time]. The party will then venture out in inconspicuous little middle class groups for an escorted urban trek through the grimy world of the inner city. The route follows the 'Arc of Degradation' [possible including Thomas Street] before veering off to the north to pass the Simon Hostel on Usher's Island [pause for photographs] and then swing back around via the gauntlet of the 'North-West Bank' to 'Quartier Bloom' and safety.

The event is open to anyone, but as it will be skimming along the surface, the shallow will probably get more out of it.
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Re: Redrawing Dublin

Postby gunter » Wed Jun 15, 2011 1:01 am

P.S. Buffoons are asked not to come in costume
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Re: Redrawing Dublin

Postby gunter » Wed Jun 22, 2011 9:53 am

gunter wrote:
Bid for World Design Capital 2014

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. . . . this is a Yes We Can moment, if we truly believe . . .


From the Metro this morning:

'Dublin makes the shortlist of three cities in World Design Capital 2014 contest'

. . . . just as well we gave this the full, wholehearted, Archiseek backing

. . . phew
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Re: Redrawing Dublin

Postby missarchi » Wed Jun 22, 2011 1:31 pm

3 people or a "stream"" in a landscape

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