Desmund wrote: Did the Georgians lose any sleep at night while they laid waste to vast areas of the medievil city to make way for the wonderfully designed wide streets? Hardly!
You've got a point there Desmund, but the 'Georgians' were pursuing a comprehensive vision of a classical city, I don't see much evidence of a comprehensive vision today and whatever vision the Clarence proposal entails, it is seriously compromised by the facadism that they've adopted to deal with the 'Protected Structure' status of the existing buildings.
johnglas wrote:are you in Dublin not rapidly approaching a Wood Quay or a Hume St moment?
I think there are some parallels with both Wood Quay and Hume Street here, but perhaps the planning controversy with the most similarities is the Municipal Gallery of Modern Art
saga of almost exactly a hundred years ago.
On that occassion, a prominant Irishman on the fringes of the global artistic world engaged the services of a star architect from England to make a big statement on the Liffey Quays. I presume that Hugh Lane engaged Edwin Lutyens for the same reasons that the U2 boys engaged Norman Foster, he had the biggest reputation going and they had access to him.
Although it had none of the crass commercial overtones of the proposed Clarence make-over, the proposed Hugh Lane Gallery was certainly 'conceptually brilliant' and would have have classical elegance by the bucket full. As far as I understand it, the proposed new gallery was undone by little more than a negative public reaction which expressed itself unimpressed by the concept of a building intruding into the Liffey vistas.
Another factor in the negative public reaction was the fact that the new, conceptually brilliant, gallery would have replacing the ha'penny bridge (less than a hundred years old at that stage) and this modest struture had, by then, become a much admired feature of the quay-scape.
But that was all in more primitive times, before we had the concept of 'Protected Structures' and before we had the benefit of a belt & braces planning system to ensure that 'protected Structures' remained protected.