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The Dublin Docklands Development Authority is preparing to amend its statutory planning scheme for the north docks area to incorporate a high-rise cluster that would stand on stilts in the River Liffey. Under the amended scheme, this Manhattan-style cluster would straddle North Wall Quay between the East Link Bridge and the proposed suspension bridge near Spencer Dock designed by Spanish architect-engineer Santiago Calatrava. A block model of the radical plan formed part of the docklands presentation in Ireland's much-praised exhibition at the Lisbon Architectural Triennale, which closes later this month. It has yet to be officially unveiled by the docklands authority. What is shown in the model is a series of notional towers, some with extraordinary shapes and colours, that would be built on stilts in the Liffey - if the amended planning scheme is approved by Minister for the Environment John Gormley.