Re: Re: DDDA / Docklands Miscellany

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Peter, Spoil Sport and Ctesiphon have all responded with excellent points. Thankyou.

I am aware of the argument for happier workers, being more productive workers. The writer Amartya Sen in his book, Development As Freedom frames the whole issue in a wider sense. Global summits are held each year to discuss development of the third world. They inevitably reach the same basic conclusion. The need to bring about economic improvement first, and then worry about political or social freedoms. Amartya Sen contradicts this approach in his book. He explains clearly and vividly, why political and social freedoms, if unavailable will short circuit early attempts to foster economic prosperity. Thanks again to the above posters for making their very good point.

The reason the Dublin Docklands and office developments are so interlinked as issues, is because the docklands is a large inner city brownfield site, served by a lot of public transport. The parallels with Canary Wharf therefore, should be obvious. Especially when you listen to guys like Dave Wetzel. The organisation FEASTA does offer a route by which architects can cross-pollinate their ideas with those of economists, valuers and other folk from the liberal arts. (Cross pollination is the name of a very good chapter in Tom Kelley’s book, Ten Faces of Innovation) But the urban pheriphery is gaining in attractiveness for office development. The current North Wall Quay mess only underscores that fact.

Sennett does illustrate the problems inherent in the new economy. But if we understand those difficulties, why should Ireland lead the world in finding their solution? This is the opportunity public bodies such as DCC, DDDA, DLR should be looking for. I enjoy reading Sennett because has influenced one of my favrouite modern writers, Nicholas G. Carr. Nick wrote his 1999 Havard Business Review paper, on the Corrosion of Character as a response to a book of same name by Richard Sennett. (That article is available in the hard bound HBR section in Dublin’s Illac public library) Since then, Carr has developed his ideas in essays such as ‘Does IT Matter’. The essay is published in a compilation book of the name. Carr’s most recent book, the Big Switch develops his ideas about information and economics. (Carr’s excellent and entertaining blog site is at But I chose Don Topscott’s book as a primary reference. Because it assembles together a hoist of different issues to do with a modern economy.

On a side note, I searched the entire Dublin City Library system recently for one title by Nick Carr, Richard Sennett or Neil Postman. It appears the Dublin region is without a public copy of any books by these authors. That seems strange, for a region pretending to be a centre for the new information economy. Especially given all the library buildings and staff that DCC has on the payroll. Just as well, I can buy Peter Drucker in bargain basement for 3 euros. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist one last cut at DCC)

Brian O’ Hanlon

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