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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, performs to the highest environmental standards, addresses climate change and is culturally cosmopolitan.

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30.11.2017City Architects, Open House 2017 & Dublin City Public Libraries


City Architects were delighted to work with Dublin City Public Libraries last month as part of the Open House architecture festival.

An enthusiastic group of children were first given some tips on how to analyse buildings as part of learning to draw them. After that, the children dispersed in groups around Pearse Street Library to select and draw different parts of the building. Some picked architectural decorations, window patterns or the building frontage while some preferred to draw the arrangements of books and posters they were seeing. The workshop finished up with an exercise where the children invented ‘clients’ which they then drew houses for. Houses for clowns, superheroes, monkey families and witches jostled as the children finished up by putting them together to make up their own city. The event was open to children aged 8+ and there was a good range of ages with even one or two parents joining in the sketching exercises.

1. An initial talk gave some tips for looking at and drawing buildings
(above) An initial talk gave some tips for looking at and drawing buildings
2. The library's features gave plenty of material for sketching
(above) The library’s features gave plenty of material for sketching
3. Reduced
(above) And here is the city imagined by the participants 


For Dublin City Libraries great credit is due to Anne Marie Kelly and the staff at Pearse Street who expertly organised and set up the room and equipment and facilitated the wandering groups of sketchers in their midst. City Architects was represented by Cecilia Lopez Naughton, Gabriela Gajdova, Amalia Lopez Naughton and Owen O’Doherty.


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