Re: Re: A New Knowledge Campus for the Customs House Area
The water features beside T2 and T3 trail stop signs on the walking map don’t contribute anything. They should be abandoned as a bad idea. A reflection that the Docklands masterplan was designed using scale models where you looked down at the time from above, like an airplane flying over in the sky. It was probably old Charles Haughey and Dermot Desmond who did most of the flying around aerial view decision making too. I think it was Edmund Bacon who made this criticism about the ‘masterplan’ design process in his book Design of Cities.
I suppose the big thing to watch in Dublin is trends with projects like the old Irish Times site on D’olier Street. The clever thing is that the Irish Times was housed in a new and larger building on Tara Street if I am not mistaken. From an Irish Times point of view, it is off the beaten track. But from a Tara Street point of view, it can welcome its new visitor with open arms. The move allowed for the Fleet Street/D’olier Street site to be opened up for re-development. Now the next stage, of projects such as this, is to make very clever use of the old site on the main thoroughfare. That demands us to develop a new model for how we effectively and creatively manage property.
We had some discussion on the matter here: