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"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, performing to the highest environmental standards, concerned with climate change and culturally cosmopolitan.

* Declan McGonagle, Director, NCAD speaking here.

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20.03.2012Fire at buildings in Benburb Street

The Dangerous Buildings section has been dealing with the danger posed by two buildings, Nos. 5 and 6 Benburb Street, following a fire which broke out on St. Patrick’s Day. The fire started in No.6 and spread to the adjacent pub in No. 5, unfortunately gutting both buildings which are privately owned. While they appear relatively intact from the street, the two buildings have been completely gutted inside with the result that the remaining external walls have no bracing support and are seriously unstable.

The Council has examined every means of saving the buildings however, because of the level of danger involved, has been forced to issue Dangerous Buildings notices requiring their demolition down to first floor level.

 The Luas line which runs in front of the building has been closed since the incident because of the danger posed and contractors for the Council are working on a 24-hour basis to make the structures safe so that the line can be re-opened as quickly as possible.

 

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