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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.

Blog Posts

13.03.2018Dublin City Council Estate Renewal

2018-03 Renewal of Dublin City Estates
Photo credit Greg Dunn

City Architects recently prepared a report giving an update on the upgrading and renewal of existing Dublin City Council flat complexes. The report, Estate Renewal Technical Report 1, was submitted as part of a proposal for large scale renewal made by the Housing Department to Dublin City Council’s Housing Strategic Policy Committee on Wednesday 8th March.

The report provides an update on City Architects’ work in relation to upgrading and renewal of existing flat complexes, with a proposed programme of renewal for nine complexes to be carried out over the next ten years, involving the provision of about 700 upgraded or new homes. A range of alternative approaches are set out in the report  which are intended to create improved homes and neighbourhoods, address social inclusion and anti-social behaviour, provide additional housing where appropriate and help meet climate change mitigation targets. The approach taken to individual locations would vary based on the particular characteristics of each estate. The report follows a City Wide Audit which was carried out in 2010/2011 to prioritise the complexes that were in most need of refurbishment.

Where it is proposed to retrofit housing, all retrofitted homes would be designed to be used for sixty years, meeting all standards that new housing would meet in relation to floor areas, accessibility, fire safety, energy performance, indoor air quality and so on.

The discussion of the report and the renewal proposal can be seen here 

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