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Dublin: Monumental Interventions

dublin_final.jpgIf you happen to be in Dublin this month, be sure to drop by the European Centre for Architecture and Urban Studies. They’ll be hosting an exhibition regarding massive design moves on an urban scale for the city of Dublin, a port town in the midst of a massive transformation. John was the project designer for this submission from Randall Stout Architects. Project description below:Essential to maintaining the health and well being of the city as a whole, Dublin’s revered green spaces are the key to refocusing development away from urban sprawl and congestion by investing public green spaces with a renewed purpose and vitality. Open spaces and public parks are vital life-forces within the city.

The “lungs” of the metropolis, Dublin parks such as Phoenix Park and St. Stephen’s Green are iconic destinations and indispensable natural landscapes that appeal to locals and tourists alike. They provide a place for repose and recreation within the ubiquitous array of buildings and infrastructure. Their importance as cultural commodities cannot be undervalued. Recognizing the historic and contemporary value of public open spaces as well as their potential to generate a new type of urban transformation for the city, Randall Stout Architects proposes two monumental urban gestures that claim, connect, and expand existing parks spaces. Building upon Phoenix Park in the west and Ringsend Park at the city’s eastern edge, these interventions will redefine Dublin’s urban and cultural landscape.

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