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PIVOT Dublin

PIVOT Dublin


"Well designed places, well designed homes, well designed public domains create value, respect, empathy between people."*

Dublin City Council is committed to using design to improve the attractiveness, liveability and sustainability of our built environment in its roles as planning authority, manager of public spaces and buildings and through its own construction projects.

Dublin City Architects is responsible for promoting design and providing architectural, urban and conservation design services to Dublin City Council. In doing this, we will:

  • Aim for Dublin’s citizens to enjoy the highest quality built environment; one that is clear, generous, appropriately scaled, positive to context, well made and which promotes access and inclusion.
  • Work to achieve excellence in the ordinary.
  • Consider places before buildings so that new developments contribute positively to public spaces.
  • Learn from the past in creating architecture that matches the quality and longevity of earlier periods.
  • Facilitate architecture that is contemporary, performs to the highest environmental standards, addresses climate change and is culturally cosmopolitan.

* Declan McGonagle, Director, NCAD speaking here.

Blog Posts

18.12.2014Open Call Deadline for HOME exhibition extended to 16th January


The deadline for the HOME exhibition in the Science Gallery has been extended to the 16th of January.  The gallery is accepting open call proposals until 12:00 on that date.  Running from May to July 2015, HOME will be curated by Dublin City Architect Ali Grehan and will explore all manner of themes relating to where, and how, we live.  Hence, the gallery is looking for proposals from anybody from artists, designers, and dwellers, to philosophers, planners and poets to be included in the exhibition.  Proposals can be text or video based and should succinctly describe the idea and how it will be experienced, give a brief budget breakdown, as well as saying a bit about yourself.  Information on the Science Gallery’s open call process can be found on their website.  For more see our previous post on the exhibition or check out the Science Gallery’s website


17.12.2014City Architect, Ali Grehan at Pc-house Awards, Shanghai and Defuse Dublin


Alongside Hidden Rooms, November also saw two presentations from City Architect Ali Grehan on design in the city.  The first took place in Shanghai at the Pc-House Modern Design Awards, where she presented an outline of house typologies in Dublin, from the earliest ‘Dutch Billies’ right through to contemporary schemes such as Thornton Heights and Dublin House.  The second presentation took place closer to home, as part of Defuse Dublin 2014, and dealt with the ‘Architectural Criteria’ outlined in the city’s development plan.


15.12.2014EYD 2015 – What’s your #NewYearNewWorld resolution?

2015 has been declared the European Year for Development (EYD).  The motto of the year will be “Our world, our dignity, and our future”.   The national co-ordinator of EYD, Dóchas, have established a multi sector network board to provide high level advice and inputs on a national level to Ireland’s work program.  Dublin City Council is delighted to be represented on this board, and contribute a design dimension  through Pivot Dublin.

To mark the beginning of EYD a New Year themed call to action is being launched.  People are being challenged to make a new year’s resolution to take some action in 2015 to help build a better world.  EYD are posing the question: ’What’s your #NewYearNewWorld resolution?’


11.12.2014Open Call for HOME Exhibition at Science Gallery



The Science Gallery is now accepting open call proposals for next year’s HOME exhibition.  Running from May to July 2015, HOME will be curated by Dublin City Architect Ali Grehan and will explore all manner of themes relating to where, and how, we live.  Note:  The deadline for submissions has been extended to the 16th of January


02.12.2014Hidden Rooms – Thank You!


Hidden Rooms on the 25th and 26th November 2014 was a terrific success and a big thanks to everyone who participated. It was clear from energy levels at Tuesday’s post workshop gathering in Powerscourt and the Wednesday public Plenary in City Hall that every group had enjoyed an intense and productive day. (more…)

26.11.2014Hidden Rooms 25/26 November


HIDDEN ROOMS on 25th-26th November 2014 is a PIVOT Dublin Future Thinking event to stimulate collaborative efforts that will deliver innovative solutions to city issues. The event is hosted by Dublin City Council and is a part of our ongoing design development programme. (more…)

24.11.2014Swimming Pool Refurbishment


Dublin City Council Culture, Recreation & Amenity Department and City Architects have recently completed successfully the refurbishment of three swimming pools in the city.


20.11.2014When designing infrastructure also means designing new social space

Rosie Hackett 630w

Congratulations to Dublin City Council’s Engineering Department on the Rosie Hackett Bridge being voted Best Engineering Project of the Year in the Engineers Ireland Awards by the Irish public. The Rosie Hackett Bridge by Dublin City Council, Roughan & O’Donovan, Sean Harrington Architects and Graham Projects Ltd is the newest bridge overlooking Dublin’s riverscape.