REIMAGINE DUBLIN ONE Vision Report
The American Institute of Architects together with their design assistance team have Reimagined Dublin One and presented their findings to the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr.
After an intense few days compiling a report with findings and recommendations that aim to futureproof the Dublin One area, Joel Mills, Senior Director at AIA was delighted to present the document to the Lord Mayor earlier this evening, March 13th 2017 in The Gresham Hotel, O’Connell St.
A public workshop with over 140 guests took place in The Gresham Hotel on Friday (March 10th) where the AIA received feedback from the general public including key stakeholders of the Dublin One area, residents and business members. This was a key part of their visit to help the team gain an insight into the area and crucial for the preparation of the final report. They have been working through the weekend alongside Dublin City Architects’ Framework Project and a group of volunteer architects from Ireland and across Europe to compile this extensive document.
During the closing workshop in the Gresham Hotel tonight, the AIA also outlined their findings and recommendations to guests. Highlights of the document include:
- The design team recommends that Dublin One start small, by considering some low cost parklets along Capel Street that will strengthen the public realm there.
- In similar fashion, the team recommends an initial focus on enlivening the alleys and laneways as well as N. Lotts Street with low cost design interventions.
- The team believes Wolfe Tone Park could – and should – become a great public space, and recommends investment to enliven that space and make it more welcoming.
- The Fruit and Vegetable Market has near term potential for incubating entrepreneurs and making Little Mary Street a destination, as well as serving as a bridge to Smithfield.#
- In the long-term, the team recommends a strategy to humanize Henry Street and create a civic “living room” through a series of placemaking strategies.
- The team believes that its long-term strategy for Dublin One requires creation of a special agency to lead regeneration efforts, as well as the establishment of a special district to help focus investments in Dublin One and synergize them.
The full document can be viewed here