PS The new Law Society building is fantastic. Marvellous combination of stone and aluminium, (not sure whether its aluminium or not). Excellent. Really lifts the Street.
Most of the surrounding buildings are very grey and dark. Given that the Irish climate is also grey, that makes for a dull environment. These mew materials indroduce a new tone, and liven up an otherwise monochrome street.
Does anyone know what the plan is regarding the Marmion Court Flats. Are they to be renovated, or demolished? They are pretty grim looking, but I must admit to liking the
graffiti. What’s the plan for Blackhall Street?
Large civic spaces, can work!!!
Travelling throughout the South of France, I was fortunate enough to see beautiful, well planned towns. French planners have a vision, a grand design. Why not think bold in Dublin.
Smithfield square could extend to the Law society. I’m sure our French couterparts wouldn’t be afraid of such a challenge.
The trick is to engage the human element and to enable access. e.g. (Underground carparking beneth the square; Improved public transport; Walkways and lighting to the market areas; Tax incentives to open retail and entertainment outlets. Clustering of activities.