Activating Temple Bar’s lanes for people to use and enjoy #lovedublanes

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‘Love the Lanes’ is looking for new ideas and creative possibilities to help us rethink how we use the back lanes of Temple Bar.  Over the years these lanes have fallen into disuse and have become magnets for anti-social behaviour.  Our goal is to reactivate these lanes for people to use and enjoy.

We are launching an open call out for new ideas from all kinds of people; designers, crafters, environmentalists, horticulturists, artists, entrepreneurs, local residents and businesses…anyone who wants space to develop their idea.

Speaking about the initiative Charlie Lowe, Area Manager with Dublin City Council said “The Love the Lanes project is a joint initiative between Dublin City Council and the Temple Bar Company to try to engage the public’s imagination in helping us to reclaim the laneways in Temple Bar for public use. We are calling on anyone with a creative idea to apply to come on board in trialling possible innovative solutions to four laneways in the area initially. Together we hope to bring life back to the laneways in this historic part of the city.”

“We already have some remarkable submissions following our call out on Twitter and Facebook from a broad range of people and organisations,” said Martin Harte, CEO, The Temple Bar Company. “If you think you can come up with an idea that will help us turn up the love for the lanes in Temple Bar, you have until April 22nd to get them to us.”
We are looking for new uses to prototype on-street; from events, installations, design, recreation, play, markets, creative lighting to greening. Everything is possible but the city cannot do it alone. Ideas can be submitted between March 21st – April 22nd and selected ideas will be announced on May 19th, 2014.

Selected ideas will be trialled this summer on Adair and Bedford Lanes, Copper Alley and Crampton Court in Temple Bar and may become permanent.  We think these lanes have the potential to become great pedestrian spaces, to boost activity and feed into Temple Bar’s vibrant arts and culture scene.

Why Temple Bar Lanes?

Build on success.  Temple Bar, Dublin’s Cultural Quarter is a mixed use area of 28 acres in the centre of Dublin City, home to thousands of residents and hundreds of thousands of visitors annually.  Over the years Temple Bar has transformed from a derelict area into a thriving, living, dynamic space.  We can build on what is already there to co-create new kinds of public spaces as a legacy to the city for its citizens and unique attractions for tourists.

Local momentum. Neighbouring businesses recognise the need to do something to reclaim these lanes to make them safer and more vibrant and to draw people to their businesses.  They are looking for new initiatives to increase footfall and bring about behaviour change in relation to current illegal activities and anti-social behaviour on the laneways, which are impacting their business. We also want to build on the momentum to reactivate some of these lanes by local artists, for example the Icon Walk, which invites people to walk through Adair and Bedford Lanes.

Partnership approach This project is a joint initiative between Temple Bar Company, who brings their networks and experience of promoting business and entertainment in this historic quarter and Dublin City Council, who have the technical expertise and local knowledge as service providers to enable new ideas for the public realm.  By working together with citizens, local communities and businesses, we want to co-create more vibrant and safe laneways for everyone.
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Martin Harte, Managing Director, Temple Bar Company
Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170, M. 087 740 0277