Re: Re: college green/ o’connell street plaza and pedestrians
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Admitting that not all of Dublinâ€™s newest public spaces are successful yet, she says good public spaces often need to evolve â€“ they â€œjust donâ€™t spring into lifeâ€.
Public spaces The good, the bad and the undetermined
Good public spaces in Dublin, according to architect SeÃ¡n Harrington, include Grafton Street, Temple Bar Square, Bloomâ€™s Lane, Trinity Collegeâ€™s front quadrangle and Meeting House Square when itâ€™s not raining. Patrick Street in Cork and the town bridge in Athlone are fine examples of functional public spaces, according to architect Alan Mee. Despite controversy, Eyre Square in Galway continues to be central to public life, he says. For Dublin City Architect Ali Grehan, the piers in DÃºn Laoghaire and the Bull Wall are â€œfunctional but fantasticâ€.
For Harrington, examples of bad public space in the capital include the car-choked quays and College Green, the space beside City Hall on Dame Street, the space on Kildare Street by the Department of Agriculture Building and Wolfe Tone Park.
I dream that college green will be sorted by 2016;) but what goes below it is going to be the hard part.