Thursday October 22, 2020

We’re bulldozing our past as we neglect the unique built heritage that’s around us

Comment: Dublin is being rebuilt at speed, but the sole imperative appears to be economic margins, and the quality of the architecture and of the impact on the public realm often seems an afterthought

18th October, 2020
There has also been an explosion of development since the economic recovery. As with the Celtic Tiger era that brought us the redeveloped docklands, much of this is notable only for its mediocrity. Picture: Getty Images/EyeEm

On the wall of the Bridge pub on Summerhill Parade in Dublin’s north inner city, there is an aerial photo of that part of Dublin, taken in the mid-1970s. It is unrecognisable – unbroken Georgian terraces stretch all the way down to Summerhill itself.

The city council started to knock those terraces soon after, primarily in order to run a motorway into the city centre. The bid to prevent that brought a...

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