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College Green

What if we …

Reinvent this space …’to become world renowned … and of the highest quality’ and develop ‘creative solutions for the complex urban challenges of movement, conservation and sustainable use’I

Plans to remove traffic to accommodate the construction of the Luas line link provide a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to do justice to the integrity of this location. The proposed ‘Luas Broombridge’, will run from the terminus of the green line at St Stephen’s Green through the city centre, along Dawson Street, College Green, Westmoreland Street and O’Connell Street, where it will connect to the red line. Quite apart from transforming how people will move about in the city, the removal of traffic from this location should be seized upon as an opportunity for College Green to re-establish its credentials as the capital city’s pre-eminent gathering place – in effect, the traffic as we know it today should never be allowed to return. College Green was once cobbled, its street surface running right to the edge of the buildings. The Wide Streets Commissioners transformed it into an irregular junction which, flanked by the Parliament House and Trinity College, gives it its particular sense of enclosure.

Some ideasII for how this space might be transformed

  • Pedestrianise the space
  • Remove the trees and municipal furniture
  • Create a civic piazza paved to the highest quality
  • Design a bespoke suite of street furniture
  • Pedestrianise Foster Place, to celebrate what a unique street it is instead of presenting it as the busiest taxi rank in town
  • Think creatively about what might be done with the proposed rapid transit overhead power lines
  • Initiate an international design competition

Bring the stories to life …

  • Viking Thingmot (Assembly Site) … graphic panel
  • Site of former statue to William of Orange, College Green… panel, miniature version of original
  • From Armoury to Central Bank to Wax Museum…apps inside the building
  • Nunnery of St Mary’s De Hogges, St Andrew’s Church, Tourist Office … Graphic panel outside tourist office
  • Dublin now … NAMA etc., how Dublin has adapted; ‘Occupy Dame Street’ etc,. Interpretive panel/mechanism at Central Bank but tell post-Celtic Tiger story in positive terms; usefulness, up-cycling, markets, clever use of abandoned space
  • Trinity – Book of Kells
  • Meeting House Square, Temple Bar
  • Olympia Theatre …interpret significance
  • Smock Alley Theatre…Europe’s longest standing purpose built theatre – 1662 original site / building restoration & presentation
  1. Dublin City Council, Your City, Your Space Draft Dublin City Public Realm Strategy
  2. Dublin Civic Trust, DCBA. Defining Dublin’s Historic Core

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