Symposium on Dublin City’s Public Realm

Dublin City Council Hosts Symposium on Dublin City’s Public Realm.
Owen Keegan, Chief Executive Dublin City Council will host a Symposium on Dublin City’s Public Realm on Friday, 23rd September from 9.30 am – 4pm in the Gresham Hotel, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1.

Dublin City Council brought forward its first Public Realm Strategy in 2012 on foot of national and international research. This Strategy acknowledged the importance of multi-disciplinary projects teams working together in order to make the greatest gains for the streetscape. This Symposium on Public Realm will showcase some of those exemplars and provide detail on what the City Council intends to do in key areas of Dublin City over the next two decades.

Speaking ahead of the Symposium Owen Keegan, Chief Executive said “Public space plays a vital role in how Dublin City functions, its liveability and connectivity, and above all the quality of life it offers to those who live, work and visit the city.”

A number of guest speakers from the United Kingdom, Barcelona, Zurich and closer to home Waterford and Dublin City will outline best practice and current thinking at the event.  

Dublin City Council will launch its Heart of Dublin; City Centre Public Realm Masterplan and the Public Realm Masterplan for the North Lotts and Grand Canal Dock SDZ Planning Scheme 2014 documents as part of the day’s programme:

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For further information contact:
Siobhan Maher, Project Manager, Public Realm Strategy, Dublin City Council T. (01) 222 5235

Notes to the Editor:

The Heart of Dublin; City Centre Public Realm Masterplan

The Heart of Dublin; City Centre Public Realm Masterplan sets out the plan for the city core over the coming years and outlines a number of projects which will deliver quality public realm.  This programme is ambitious and can only be delivered through collaboration with other agencies working in the public realm.

Masterplan for the North Lotts and Grand Canal Dock SDZ Planning Scheme 2014

Consultation on the Draft Public Realm Masterplan for The North Lotts and Grand Canal Dock SZD Planning Scheme 2014 opened yesterday for a six week period.

The vision of the Masterplan is to create a world class maritime urban quarter with a distinctive Dublin character.  The plan covers a 60 hectare area in the Docklands and provides guidance on the design and layout of streets, parks, squares, laneways and internal courtyards within the area. It includes strategies to animate the Liffey, Docks and Campshires, and guidelines for the palette of materials and street furniture. As part of the public consultation process, citizens, communities, organisations are invited to make submissions on the Draft Masterplan on or before Wednesday 2nd November 2016.

List of guest speakers:

Cathy Parker

Cathy Parker is Professor of Marketing and Retail Enterprise at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, where she leads and contributes to a number of commercial and research projects, in the areas of retailing, marketing and place management.

She is also Director for the Institute of Place Management (IPM), the professional institute for all those involved in making places better. Cathy is also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Place Management and Development, published by Emerald Group Publishing Ltd and is Visiting Professor of Retailing and Place Management at the University of the Arts, London and Visiting Professor of Marketing at University of Glamorgan.

Cathy was the Principal Researcher and Director for two £3.5m+ EU part-funded projects. AGORA, which aimed to bring the principles of social enterprise to town and other place management partnerships and REN, which aimed to promote and protect diversity in the independent retail sector.

Carles Casamor Maldonado

Carles Casamor Maldonado has been working as Barcelona City Council Architect since 1987. Carles has been Urban Projects Department Head, Urban Ecology since 2012. Prior to that he was Main Roads Director from 2008 – 2012, Urban Projects Department Architect, Planning Sector from 1989-2007 and Parks and Gardens Infrastructure Department Head from 1987-1989.

Carles has participated in several projects of urban transformation including: Marítime Seafront, España Square, Olga Sacharoff and Joan Vinyoli gardens, Guineueta and Trinidad public space and also some International cooperation projects: Maputo (Mozambique), Gaza (Palestine), Saida (Lebanon), Chengdu and Wuhan Regional (China), San Salvador (El Salvador).

Rupert Maddock

Rupert Maddock is Senior Architect with Waterford City & County Council and is a graduate of University College Dublin (BArch 1981) and University of Pennsylvania (MLA 1983). He leads a team within Economic Development & Planning charged with providing in-house architectural services to the Municipal authority.

They have been involved in many aspects of the Council activities in the area of housing, public realm projects, civic buildings and forward planning. Their aim is to make design quality a key driver in all aspects of the cultural and economic development of the city and for Waterford to become known as a high quality micro-city. Their recent work has included the award winning Medieval Museum and the Viking Triangle Urban Regeneration project.

John Dales

John Dales is a traffic engineer, transport planner and urban designer with over 30 years’ professional experience spanning strategic transport planning to concept design. Well known as a champion of better town and city streets, he was Director at Urban Initiatives before founding Urban Movement in 2011.

John is an urban realm design advisor to several UK local authorities. For many years, he was the City of Edinburgh’s Streets Design Advisor, and is a Design Review Panellist for Transport for London and Urban Design London. He is Chair of the Transport Planning Society, a Trustee of Living Streets, and was a contributor to Manual for Streets 2.

He’s an experienced trainer of other transport practitioners, a regular conference speaker and chair, and has been author of the monthly ‘Street Talk’ article in Local Transport Today since 2005.

Tiago Oliveira

Tiago Oliveira is a senior transport planner in Arup’s Dublin Office since 2006, having worked in Ireland and the UK since 1999. Having graduated as a geographer/urban planner in Lisbon in 1997, he has always been passionate about issues relating to the urban environment, the quality of urban life, and the way design impacts on people’s lives.

His career as a transport planner, and especially his role within an engineering set-up wasn’t planned, but has provided him with the opportunities to do exactly what he dreamt of: To contribute to projects that have a positive impact on the way cities function and people live. He has developed a particular interest in the manner in which movement, especially pedestrian mobility, can be a determining factor in the quality of urban life, and especially how quality design for all modes can be reflected in successful schemes, no matter how small. In this context, Tiago has a keen interest in the role of public space in the quality of urban life.

Ute Schneider

After working with interior design and furniture making, she studied architecture at Technical University in Konstanz, and the University in Stuttgart, Karlsruhe and Delft. She graduated in Stuttgart beginning 1998 (Germany).

During her studies she worked for various German and Dutch architectural offices inter alia for Neutelings Riedijk Architecten in Rotterdam where she continued her professional career after graduation. In 1998 she founded the multidisciplinary office zipherspaceworks in Stuttgart working within the disciplines architecture urbanism & design.

Ute Schneider joined KCAP in 2003 and heads the Swiss branch office in Zurich since 2006. In 2009 she became member of the management team and was appointed Director KCAP Zurich and since 2016 as partner. In this position she is responsible for the management of the office and in charge of the coordination of KCAP Zurich’s projects and transformation strategies such as the scale study for the Airport Region Zürich and recently the Masterplan for the Airport City of Dublin.

Leslie Moore

Leslie Moore joined Dublin City Council as City Parks Superintendent in 2012. He is a graduate of UCD, where he studied Landscape Horticulture (B.Agr. Sc). He also has a Masters in Local Government Management. As a horticulturist and Landscape Architect he worked with the former Dublin County Council and South Dublin County Council.

More recently with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, for 10 years he led the planning, design and development of a number of significant improvements to parks and public realm,  notably the Peoples Park, Dun Laoghaire and visitor facilities/tearooms in Killiney Hill Park, Cabinteely Park and Marlay Park.

He led the first Open Space Strategy of any local authority in Ireland which was published in 2012 and is now engaged in taking a strategic look at the parks, open space and public realm in the City given the diverse needs of its citizens and visitors to the city. He currently chairs the City Councils Public Realm Co-ordination Group.

Edel Kelly

Edel Kelly is a social scientist and urban land use and transport planner with over 20 years experience working for public sector organisations, the last 16 of which have been with Dublin City Council. Edel works at both strategic and local level to promote and bring about the successful integration of land use and transportation and a shift to sustainable transport. Her work involves close engagement with state agencies, businesses, communities and educational institutions.

In recent years Edel has developed new models of community stakeholder engagement and behavioural change programmes which have been recognised nationally as best practice. Edel is a member of Dublin City Council’s Public Realm Implementation and Working Groups. She is co-author of the 2012 Your City Your Space Public Realm Strategy and for the last 18 months has been working on the preparation of the public realm masterplan for the city core.


Deirdre Scully

Deirdre Scully, B.A. M.R.U.P, M.A., M.I.P.I: Bachelor of Arts, Master of Regional & Urban Planning, Master of Arts (Local Government Management) is currently working as senior planner in Dublin City Council co-ordinating the delivery of the North Lotts and Grand Canal Dock Strategic Development Zone.

Deirdre also has worked on local area plans in Dublin City Council and previously as the Regional Planning Guidelines officer with the Dublin & Mid-East Regional Authorities and leadthe preparation and adoption of the current Regional Planning Guidelines for the Greater Dublin Area (2010), and the Retail Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area.

Her previous experience includes working on the 2005 Fingal County Development Plan, and a number of years working in development management in Fingal, Drogheda, South Dublin and Louth County Authorities and community planning in Ballymun, Dublin.


Jeremy Wales

Jeremy Wales graduated as an architect from the School of Architecture, DIT, Dublin. He worked in private practice for over 14 years including 6 years in London, Paris, Sydney and in Berlin where he worked for Daniel Libeskind Architects on master planning projects.

He has a Masters in Urban Design from University College Dublin, is a member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, and has further qualifications in conservation architecture, building energy rating and local government studies. He has been working in the City Architects Division in Dublin City Council since 2005 on a number of social housing, urban regeneration and strategic projects.

To view Symposium Programme, please click on the link below: