Urban Design

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Urban design deals with the design of the form of the city and the making of urban places. It covers a range of scales, from the design of an individual street or development, through neighbourhood and district scale, up to strategic issues such as the management of the skyline.
It is not only concerned with issues of visual design, but must deal with underlying issues of how places work such as their accessibility, inclusiveness, nature, heritage and character, crime prevention and sustainable movement. The aim of urban design is to create places with character where people choose to live, invest, work or visit.

As the principal adviser on urban design within Dublin City Council, City Architect’s Division carries out the
following activities:

  • Designing and commissioning public realm projects, such as the redesign of O’Connell Street,
    the Liffey Boardwalk and Portobello Square.
  • Regeneration masterplan design, including the regeneration of the St. Michael’s Estate,
    Dominick Street and O’Devaney Gardens.
  • Urban design input to strategic planning proposals such as the Development Plan Review
    and Local Area Plan proposals
  • Consultation on urban design for significant planning applications and for strategic projects
    as Metro-North, LUAS and other transport infrastructure.

Cork Hill Report publishing

An open invitation design workshop was held in the Wood Quay Venue on 15th March 2013 to discuss issues and proposals for the Cork Hill/Castle Street public realm adjacent to City Hall. It attracted forty-two attendees from within city council, from stakeholders and interested members of the public. The workshop proved successful in revealing both similar patterns of thought and areas of divergence. The results are compiled in the following report which will be of assistance in the development of design proposals that will then be presented through the due planning process.

For more information

Dublin City Council
City Architects Division
Block 4, Floor 2
Civic Offices
Wood Quay
Dublin 8

Tel: (01) 222 3322
Fax: (01) 222 2084
Email: cityarchitects@dublincity.ie