GrahamH wrote:Ali Grehan made a valiant plea for World Design Capital 2014 . . . .
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.
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.
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.Making Cities Flow
builds on recent Japanese experience.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.