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March 21, 2009 at 12:57 pm #710445jimgParticipant
maps.live.com is a great resource for indulging in urban design fantasies.
Here I will post a few whimsical images I created with grabs from the above.
Dublin as a city lacks “urban nodes”; most of the obvious candidates (College Green, Christchurch Place, etc.) have been defiled by the traffic engineers. It is a city of “corridors” rather than “rooms” unlike many classic European cities.
First up, is “Amiens Square”, a central public transport “square” – linking city and long distance buses, intercity and suburban trains, the tram system and taxis,
Not a classically beautiful urban square by any means but it would provide some focus and life in an area of city which has been fragmented and made hostile to pedestrians by traffic corridors. It might also help to stitch the docklands quarter into the older north city centre urban fabric. Unfortunately there isn’t an obvious solution to the problem that it would sever one of the main routes for traffic into the city from the north.
Next up is “Pearse Circus” – an area defined by 6 curved buildings:
An attempt to fix what I consider one of the big WSC mistakes – D’Olier Street – a pointlessly wide street which goes nowhere. If the circus were suitably enclosed by busy retail/recreational outlets it could provide a much needed boost to D’Olier and Pearse streets encouraging them to develop into something other than dead urban spaces choked by traffic.
March 21, 2009 at 2:12 pm #806590AnonymousInactive
wow, great find :):)
I’m really liking this, i wonder how often they update it tho cos this seems about a year or two old
March 24, 2009 at 8:50 pm #806591AnonymousInactive
It’s never been updated, rob mc, nor is it likely to be for while. It was shot as you say about two years ago. I was thinking recently what an invaluable historical tool this could be in the future – just imagine being able to float over Rocque’s city of 1756!
Interesting concept jimg of actually building over streets. By the law of averages alone, given we already accept that buildings can be replaced in favour of streets, surely some streets can be replaced by buildings? Especially those thoroughfares that currently act as little other than conduits for vehicular traffic, and where the resulting arrangement would result in civic improvement.
Inevitably one must incur the wrath of the traffic engineer, but assuming they can be packaged to one side, the idea does have merit. Sadly, I doubt Amiens Square would ever be viable given it affects one of the greatest concentrations of competing transport modes in the city (though as a civic introduction to the capital it is highly desirable). Pearse Circus has greater potential as a civic space, though I’d argue largely as it currently stands, aside from an obviously welcome Hawkins enclosing intervention. It would be a shame to have the austere elevation of the Trinity accommodation block concealed though, as this in itself would provide a robust boundary. The leafy expanses along College Street lend charm to the area and would also be a shame to build upon. I’m trying to think of other examples now!
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