Dublin. Suspended territories
Cultural trip. 21st – 25th May 2014
The temporal acceleration of the past two decades has activated conspicuous urban processes in the historical drowsiness of built Dublin: on one hand the ambition for a monumental city representative of the “Celtic Tiger” (the glazed Docklands, Grand Canal Square featuring Libeskind, Martha Schwartz and M.Aires Mateus, the CDD by Kevin Roche), on the other the intensification or the establishment of optimistic additional residential developments (Adamstown, Park West).
The post-crisis scenario, while leaving empty the new receptacles often unfinished, has on the contrary highlighted the value of mending operations: urban regeneration schemes (Ballymun, Smithfield), mobility infrastructure (Luas), re-qualification of vacant areas (Poppintree Park), reinvention of interstice spaces, to the continental model, (O’Connell Street Landscape, Liffey Board-walk) in order to mediate macro-parks’ traditional scale. Against this background of hinted future and suspended functions, the contemporary capital’s identity is now remodelling itself, putting into play new forms of transformation based on active mobilization and collective participation.